We have reviewed several books in the Circle C Adventures series from Susan K. Marlow (Thick as Thieves and Dangerous Decision), and Emma has enjoyed each one of them. We recently had the opportunity to read Tales from the Circle C Ranch , and Emma enjoyed it every bit as much as she enjoyed the other books in the series.
We also received a digital copy of the “Tales from the Circle C Ranch Lapbook.”
About Tales from the Circle C Ranch
Andrea Carter’s Tales from the Circle C Ranch is a collection of short stories told from Andi’s point of view. The stories in the beginning of the book cover Andi’s early years, while the latter half covers her in-between years.
There are eleven short stories in the book:
- Britches Are not for Little Girls
- The Best Gift of All
- Aunt Rebecca and the Hat
- White Christmas
- Prince Loco, Chad’s Crazy Horse
- Hurrah for the Fourth of July
- A Matter of Honor
- Snakes Alive
- Virginia’s Riding Lesson
- Where the Trees Meet the Bay
- Adios, Jeffrey Sullivan
The 160-page book retails for $7.99+s/h. You can read an excerpt of the book here.
The lapbook contains history lessons that bring the stories in Tales from the Circle C Ranch to life. The 39-page lapbook contains study guides, full-color mini-books for each story, and assembly instructions.
Some of the topics covered in the lapbook include:
- history of photography
- history of fireworks
- California King Snakes
- Pacific Coast States
You can go here to see the rest of the topics covered in the lapbook.
The digital lapbook is available for $7.00. The print version is available for $12.00. You can save money by purchasing the lapbook and book together.
How did we use the product?
I skimmed through the book just to see what it was like. I wasn’t concerned at all about the content since Emma has read several in this series. As with the other books in the Circle C Adventures series, Emma devoured the book.
I started out asking Emma to read one chapter and completing that chapter’s lapbook lesson. However, after the first chapter, Emma asked to set the lapbook aside and just read the book. She then proceeded to devour the book. She finished all eleven stories in two days.
In the end, I decided to let her skip the lapbook, however.
What is our opinion of the product?
As always, we loved our Circle C Adventure items. The stories are lovely and engaging. They’re wholesome and clean. I don’t have to worry about handing Emma the book, because I know she’ll love it. I know there won’t be any questionable material in the book.
While Emma opted out of doing the lapbook, I highly recommend it. It is full of wonderful historical information that adds so much to the stories. The mini-books are perfect for recording what the kids have learned in each of the lessons.
I recommend this book and the accompanying lapbook for readers aged 9-12.