Rescued Books

For my 52 Weeks of Rescued Books, I'll often be referring to the series in which the book was published. This page will contain information about those series as well as link to the posts about individual titles (I'll try to keep them in alphabetical order).



“One of the most critically acclaimed, best-selling children’s book series ever published.” – The New York Times

The original books were published between the 1950's and 1970's.  My resource, Who Then Should We Read by Jan Bloom,  states the books were created to honor a Random House editor's son's request for interesting biographies for young students.  An website I found in researching says the books "were the brainchild of a think tank at Random House."  Whatever the inspiration, the result was the commissioning of some of the best authors of the day to write about figures and events in history -- first American history and later the world.

If you have a boy that's a reluctant reader, the are several titles in the series that may peak his interest. Planes, trains and automobile fans can read Flat-tops: The Story of Aircraft Carriers, Clipper Ship Days, or the Golden Age of Railroads.  Got someone interested in the military?  We've got stories of the U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard, the Border Patrol, and Frogmen of World War II.  There are also plenty of engaging titles focused on individuals: adventurers like Kit Carson, explorers like Henry Hudson, world leaders like Genghis Kahn.  (I don't mean to imply girls won't find them interesting too, just that these books may be the spoonful of sugar for boys who hate reading time).  Reading levels are for ages 10-15.

The originals were published in hardback with dust jackets.  Later the books had a illustrated hard cover.  Some of the books are in print today but I haven't been able to determine if they've been edited for content (a lot of the older editions have a clear Christian worldview).

Pocahontas and Captain John Smith
The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt
The Pony Express
The Swamp Fox of the Revolution
The Winter at Valley Forge

Winston Adventure Books

This series was published by The John C. Wintson Company between 1952 and 1956--I'm assuming in response to the very popular Landmark Books being published by Random House.  Various popular authors were commissioned to write engaging works for young students.  To distinguish the series and create a niche market, the publishers chose to focus on "the little-known incidents and nearly forgotten lives of unsung heroes that helped shape history.”   Little known and nearly forgotten but none-the-less highly engaging.  Learn how a group of Union soldiers snuck behind enemy lines and hijacked a locomotive, or a secret mission to Bermuda during the American Revolution to secure a supply of gun powder. 

Other Series

Individual Titles (Not in a Series)

Centerburg Tales
Henry Reed, Inc.
LaSalle and the Grand Enterprise
Laura Ingalls Wilder Country
Les Miserables
My Side of the Mountain
On the Far Side of the Mountain
On the Way Home
Rabbit Hill
Riders of the Pony Express
The Second World War
So Dear to My Heart
Tales From Shakespeare
Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Tales
Voices of 1776
Walt Disney: Magician of the Movies
Where Rivers Meet
The World of Little House

1 comment:

Tomi Moore said...

you're amazing. This is amazing! An answer to prayer.
Sincerely, Jesus and book loving mama

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