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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (July 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825441722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825441721
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Arnold Ytreeide is a fine storyteller who cares deeply about spiritual growth in families. Ytreeide is the founder of Storyteller Productions and lives with his wife and two children in Nampa, Idaho.

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Arnold Ytreeide, Ph.D., has over thirty years of experience in writing and television production. As owner of a production company he has traveled extensively around the world producing television programs, films, and videos, and has had over fifty scripts produced as stage plays, videos, multi-media programs, cable network specials, and broadcast shows. He has worked with movie stars, sports stars, politicians and lots of just plain good folk. He is also the author of the best-selling Christmas family adventure trilogy "Jotham's Journey" (Kregel Publications).

While he spent the first half of his life in the Seattle area (back when you could still catch King salmon in Elliott Bay), he met his wife, Elsie, and raised their kids in the Boise, Idaho area, where they still live.

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Great Advent family tradition!
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When the other books in the series came out we acquired them and read them through as well.
Evan S. Cutshaw
I know we will read these stories every year as Christmas approaches.
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By I. Kenyon on September 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
Our family absolutely loved Jotham's Journey and have recommended it to many people. We were very excited to pick up Tabitha's Travels, especially since we have several girls. The Christmas message is vividly displayed through Tabitha's experiences as she meets Jotham and then travels with her father to try to find Jotham after they realize that the caravan with which they sent the boy has placed him in terrible danger.

From the beginning Tabitha resents being a girl who isn't allowed to do all that the boys are doing. She is very smart and has many good ideas, but several times she is the only one can can solve a problem, making her a heroine. Several times in the story, she "comes to the rescue". Whereas in Jotham's Journey, Jotham's disobedience gets him into trouble; Tabitha disobeys but because it works out well, the disobedience is overlooked. Early on she thinks how boys would complain in her situation, but she doesn't because girls have to learn not to complain.
Tabitha's desire to be treated like a boy was so strong that it overwhelmed other parts of the story for us. Not until she meets Zechariah and he gives her wonderful words of wisdom is this issue addressed properly in the book.
Still a good story, but definitely not at the level of Jotham's Journey or even Bartholomew's Passage.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dEw on January 3, 2013
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I heard good things about this book, so I was looking forward to reading it with my 3 daughters for Advent. Unfortunately, from the first to the last page this book was full of feminist attitudes.

Tabitha is a young girl who is the focal character in the story. The book follows her through a number of adventures in an effort to save her father from the Romans.

On page 1, I read, "That her brothers got to be those shepherds while she herself had to cook, clean, and take care of donkeys always frustrated Tabitha. "I can do as much as any boy," she thought."

On pages 2-3 I read, "Even though she wasn't allowed to watch a flock herself, she liked traveling from this place to that, seeing new sights and meeting new people. Of course, it was usually her brothers who got to have the really fun adventures - fighting off wild animals and thieves, going inside the walls of the biggest cities, and best of all, entering the temple in Jerusalem. "As a girl, I don't get to do any of that," she thought again with a sigh."

On page 91, Tabitha is in conversation with Elizabeth about the Jewish temple:
"You mean men can go farther into the temple than women?" Tabitha exclaimed.
"Yes, child, that is how it must be." The heat of anger rose in Tabitha's cheeks, and she thought to herself that she was every bit as good as any boy, but she kept her lips tightly sealed.

In almost every chapter, Tabitha has some thought or comment to make about how she is unhappy with how she is treated as a girl, and how she believes girls should be able to do everything boys do. As this theme was so heavy in the book, my disappointment with it grew as we continued reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Reck on January 18, 2007
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This is a great way to spend some time with your children during the Christmas season. We've also read "Jotham's Journey" and enjoyed it even more. My kids, even though they are getting older (11 and 15), still enjoy reading these every year.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen Mcvay on December 6, 2010
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After reading some lukewarm reviews, and thoroughly enjoying Jotham's Journey last Advent, I was apprehensive about including Tabitha's Travels into our 2010 Advent activities. Also, with two 6-year old boys, I was skeptical that a book with a girl as the main character would hold their interest. No worries. They plead for us to read more chapters each night and really get into the adventure. I think that the author has done an amazing job of telling a realistic old story with vivid details that capture even the youngest of imaginations. Yes, there are some suspenseful moments and some violence, but hey, the Bible has some of these too, yes? These tense moments can easily be explained to younger children and used as a tool to explain real world events. We have appreciated the discussion at the end of each chapter to assist families in real life application of the lesson of the day. Our family only has the highest praise for all of Mr. Ytreeide's Advent books and they have added a special richness to our celebration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Phipps on February 25, 2013
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We loved Jotham's Journey and continued on to Tabitha's Travels. I have two boys and two girls and all four children loved this book (they have loved all of them, actually). Wonderful addition to our family Advent traditions and one we look forward to continuing. It is nice there are three books so we can alternate which book we read. It is funny to see how much they forget from year to year. We are a Catholic family and though I do not believe the author is Catholic, I have found nothing in these books that contradict our beliefs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Biglake on December 11, 2010
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We had been waiting for Tabitha's Travels to be reprinted and are so excited to have it. It is a perfect compliment to the other 2 books in the series!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Lowry on December 6, 2010
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The subtitle of this book is, "A family story for advent." That, in our opinion, is extremely misleading. I've started reading it to my 9 and 4 year old sons and have had to edit several parts heavily because they were so scary. I would abandon the book altogether at this point except for the fact that they are so caught up in the story that they want to know how it turns out. Maybe a more appropriate subtitle would be, "A family story for advent for families whose children are all over the age of ten and not subject to nightmares."
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