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Sugar Creek Gang Books 1-6 Set (The Swamp Robber/The Killer Bear/The Winter Rescue/The Lost Campers/The Chicago Adventure/The Secret Hideout) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1997
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Just to give one quick example that I found on the second page I perused I found the following example of political correctness: the exact kind of thing that we were worried had been done to spoil the moral message of these stories.
What I assume is the original story (copyright 1942, 1968 edition Moody Publishers) of the book 'The secret hideout' there is a sentence that reads (on page 57 of that edition):
"The bell rang and the girls came back in, looking at us to see if any of us had gotten a licking, and probably wishing we had, as girls sometimes do, and none of us had."
The 'for today's reader' that we had been shipped now reads (page 49):
"The bell rang and the girls came back in, looking at us."
I await anyone's statement that this is not a sop to modern political correctness, a fear of even mentioning the historical fact that children used to get 'lickings' in school (and from their parents) let alone what the original SCG actually taught, which was that that was a good thing.
The author really works hard to tell the stories from a little boy's perspective and it works -- some of the things he says which I think are goofy completely resonate with my son. And he tells the books like one big story, connecting each book in the series with the previous one, even giving a foreshadowing of the story of the next book in the series within the final pages of the previous book. After each book, my son can't wait to get to the next one.
No review of these books is complete without mentioning the faith-building messages of the books. The main narrator, a character by the name of Bill Collins, weaves in everyday Christian thoughts and messages all from a little boy's perspective. They are thought-provoking comments that are short enough to not appear to be "preachy" but with enough substance to plant a seed in the hearts and minds of children.
I knew the books would be good, but reading them aloud, I realize they are great.
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I read these as a child and now I'm enjoying reading them to my son! Wholesome, Christian adventures.Published 1 month ago by Rachael Dow
Our 8 year old grandson loves the books. He came to his Mom and showed her he'd read 3 chapters on his own and said "see Mom I can read even without pictures!"Published 2 months ago by Donald A. King
We are a Christian family who are very strict about what our kids see on TV and read. Our boys are 7 and 8 and love the stories. They actually ask me to keep reading. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Janine Prisoc
The Sugar Creek Gang is set in a bygone era, but its lessons are timeless. While the stories focus mainly on the lives of boys, girls will enjoy the adventuresome spirit in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. Larry Overstreet
These are GREAT kids books; good material and character builders plus just plan fun for the kids.Published 6 months ago by E. Ven Steven