Jem Strikes Gold & Jem’s Frog Fiasco Reviews

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This article is in collaboration with Kregel Publications.

Kregel Publications, started in 1949, is part of Kregel, Inc. which also includes Editorial Portavoz and Kregel Parable Bookstore. There are over 1,000 titles in their backlist including books on contemporary issues, Christian living, fiction, ministry, and biblical studies.

Their mission “as an evangelical Christian publisher is to develop and distribute – with integrity and excellence – trusted, biblically based resources that lead individuals to know and serve Jesus Christ.”

Two new books from Kregel Publications are part of a new series from Susan K. Marlow. The Goldtown Beginnings Series shares the story of Jem Coulter and his family. The books are set in 1859 in Goldtown, California. The series is perfect for young readers, especially boys, and fans of history. If you have a beginning reader aged 6-9, then the Goldtown Beginning Series would be great for you to check out.

Susan K. Marlow is known for her Circle C Adventures series and Circle C Beginnings Series. She published her first book in the Circle C Adventures series in 2005. There are books for ages 6-9, ages 7-10, ages 9-13, and ages 12 and up.

With a degree in elementary education, Susan K. Marlow had taught in a Christian school before she began homeschooling her own family. Now, she continues to influence homeschooling families with her books and the resources available that accompany her books.

Book Cover: Book 1 of Goldtown Beginnings Title Jem Strikes Gold by Susan K Marlow

Jem Strikes Gold

In the first Goldtown Beginnings book, Jem Strikes Gold, younger readers are introduced to Jem and his sister Ellie as they try to help their Pa and Mama make ends meet. Pa is panning for gold while Mama bakes pies to sell to the other miners and businesses in the town. Most of the individuals living in the area are trying to get rich but one family is already rich. The family of Will Sterling lives in the big house and Will often interrupts Jem’s errands in town. Jem needs to find a way to deal with a bully and convince his parents that they can keep a new puppy.

Book Cover: Book 2 of Goldtown Beginnings Title Jem's Frog Fiasco by Susan K Marlow

Jem’s Frog Fiasco

More new words are introduced to your children in the second book, Jem’s Frog Fiasco, in the Goldtown Beginnings series. Jem is eager to provide for his new dog, Gold Nugget, and needs to find a way to pay for his dog’s food. He gets a job for Mr. Sims, the cafe owner, looking for bullfrogs for the menu. Jem’s little sister, Ellie, wants to get involved but soon goes missing. With search parties looking for his sister, Jem worries that they won’t find her and feels it is his fault for yelling at her.

To accompany the Goldtown Beginning series, you can find free educational language arts activities including coloring pages. There are also lapbooks available for purchase to accompany the books.

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