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Tales of the Heartily Homeschooled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Recommend for: Homeschoolers, families, all ages, big families, those looking for a humorous read

I was sick and couldn't sleep, so I pulled out a book that I had gotten off one of my favorite sites PaperBackSwap. I kept my sister Rose up with my laughter. I couldn't help it! This book kept me in stitches. Until I finished it about three hours later and was finally able to go to sleep.

This book by Rachel Thompson and Carolyn Curry was an excellent collection of real life humor of a large, homeschooling family like my own. Many of the stories ended with moral or lesson being taught, but wasn't preachy. This book is at the top of my great-gift-book list. Yes, some of my friends might get a copy for their birthday or Christmas.

What I liked about the book:
I love reading stories from real life. Humorous stories are some of my favorite to read. The stories were told in such a real, relatable way that I felt like I was in the living room with these two girls, listening to them recount these stories.

This was a very easy and quick read. I was able to read it in two or three hours, but it didn't feel too short.

What I didn't like about it:
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I encourage you to buy this book and sit down and read it someday when you need a good laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2013
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Two big homeschool families mixed with two writing cousins with a sense of humor and this book was the result. I warn you to fasten your seat belt...it's a wild ride. Homeschool families big and small will be able to identify and laugh along with the misadventures chronicled in these pages. If you're not familiar with homeschooling, read this book and you'll have a fun-filled introduction. From missing glasses and toppling Christmas trees to soggy camping trips and exploding vacuum cleaners, the Thomson and Currey families never have a dull moment.
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"What do you get when you throw twenty children, four parents, several cross-country trips, and a sense of humour between the covers of one book?"

That's a question many adults would be terrified to ask, let alone embrace. However, for large, Christian, homeschoooling families, this situation may not seem too out of the ordinary. Rachel Starr Thomson and Carolyn Joy Currey are cousins with more than a few things in common; these eldest daughters of families who delight in raising and educating their children for the Lord met in person during a chaotic-cross country move, and have been fast friends ever since.

Sharing a zany, wholesome sense of humour, the pair teamed up and co-wrote the entertaining memoir Tales of the Heartily Homeschooled. I'm glad they did. With family size statistics like these busting open the seams of the North American demographic corset, it can be all to easy to feel isolated if your tent is pitched in the same tent. If you, your spouse, or your children have ever found yourselves wondering, "Are we the only ones who...?" I highly recommend you take a peek into the lives of the Thomson and Currey families.

Each short and snappy, slice-of-life chapter (written by either Thomson or Currey), invites us into the joyous tumult of family life. From "The Battle of Underwear Mountain" -- we have one of those -- to "Vacuum Cleaners I Have Known" -- wherein I found assurance for my husband that ours is not the only home inhabited by clumps of tangled hair on the rug due to its many long-haired occupants -- and everything in between, this volume is both frank and comedic.

As an added charming flourish, both Currey and Thomson write with a distinctly homeschooled flair. Sprinkling such gems as "quoth" into the mix, with a sense of precise syntax paired with oddball impressions add to the distinct character of the text. A few times I found myself thinking, "Someone has certainly been reading (or watched) Tolkien and Austen lately." With my ongoing predilection for vintage vocabulary, I found these stylistic renderings quite endearing.

The authors remind us that no matter how chaotic the situation seems, the opportunity to kick-back, laugh, and enjoy the good gifts that God has given us is always available. Their light-hearted spin on large-family living sheds much needed levity into the direst (and most bizarre) of situations. Truly -- once you've heard the account of the experimental hot-dogs-in-the-crockpot-powered-by-the-cigarette-lighter story, it will not be forgotten -- and you'll have a great tale to tell your kids the next time they complain about hot dogs for lunch again!
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on October 31, 2013
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This lovely book does much to dispell the popular image of homeschoolers as humorless and poorly adjusted. It instead presents their world as vibrant, filled with fun and adventure.

It is divided into four sections, containing funny stories about the families in which the two writers were raised. An ongoing account of a time the writers met and traveled together across Canada is a linking thread between th sections. The very large, almost nomadic families presented are a shade more unusual than most homeschoolers, but just enough to dramatize the daily experiences that all homeschoolers share.

My favorite stories were:

The Rutabaga Fest, Vaccum Cleaners I Have Known, On a Soggy Sunday Morning (a nightmare situation in which the toilet overflowed right before guests were coming), and Hup, Hup, Hup! (a phenomenally amusing presentation of being interrupted in computer work by siblings.)

On the whole I found this book to be clean, solidly realistic fun about people who are--with all their oddities--profoundly normal. Which is exactly what homeschoolers are.
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on July 31, 2012
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When one typically thinks of families blessed with large numbers of children, very often the stories and personalities of each individual are lost. Rachel Starr Thomson and Carolyn Currey are second cousins; they are members of families with 12 and 8 children respectively. Tales of the Heartily Homeschooled is their heart-warming collection of true stories about growing up amidst controlled chaos. Laugh-out-loud funny at times, each writer depicts the beauty of a close knit family, and the faithful hand of God ever present in their lives.

I recommend this book to anyone who has ever experienced family "adventures" of their own in daily living. From mishaps such as flooding basements, (almost) exploding vacuum cleaners, and mosquito armies, the authors share their life lessons learned and affirm the goodness of our loving Heavenly Father in the midst of it all. You'll come away from reading with a greater appreciation for the humor in everyday life, even when things don't go quite as planned.
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on August 28, 2010
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Get ready to laugh! This book is bulging with humorous events in the lives of two homeschool families. We all live through some funny times. Some people are good at telling the stories verbally and some people are exceptional at writing them out for the world to read. Rachel and Carolyn fall into this last category. Their heartwarming stories tickle the funny bone and also inspire us to look at the bigger picture of life. If you or someone you know homeschools they will love this easy-read. It would even make a good gift for people considering homeschooling, just so they can see how much fun it can be.

Each chapter is short and well written. From the first chapter about Christmas to the last chapter about being Jesus people, I found myself reading with a smile on my face and joy in my heart. Thank you Rachel and Carolyn for sharing your stories!

Amy Puetz author
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on July 10, 2010
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This collection of excellently-written stories is sure to make you smile! Cousins Rachel and Carolyn recount experiences in their families as they homeschooled their way through life. And considering that between the two of them, the total sibling count tops off at eighteen, you better believe that they have some great ones to share! Woven amongst the lighthearted tales are tidbits of wisdom and lessons learned. Both of the girls are engaging writers, and I think the book would make a great read-aloud for any family with children.
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