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King Solomon's Mines Review by Kendra Fletcher

By H. Rider Haggard
Great Light Publications
422 S. Williams Ave.
Palatine, IL 60074

Great Light Publications has newly republished the 1885 classic King Solomon's Mines. What a nice addition to a home where lovers of adventure literature reside!

Alain Quartermain is the original Indiana Jones--an action hero beyond compare, a renaissance man who can talk and think his way through dangerous scrapes, and a friend to the civilized gentleman and tribal king alike. In King Solomon's Mines, Quartermain finds himself on a dangerous journey to aid two of his fellow Englishmen in the quest to find a lost brother. Into the African interior they go, facing death and danger at every turn. Dry desert, near starvation, wild animals, and eventually a tribal war present exciting edge-of-your-seat scenarios. This is quality storytelling!

I read King Solomon's Mines aloud to my 12-year-old son, and 10, 8, and 6-year-old daughters. Initially, I found it heavy on descriptions and a bit tedious to wade through, thinking that perhaps the book was better suited to an older child or adult reading alone. We stuck with it, however, and about a third of the way in we found ourselves laughing aloud and shaking our heads at the funniest moment of all. We still chuckle about it, but of course I won't give it away. You'll have to see for yourself!

Author H. Rider Haggard dedicated King Solomon's Mines "to all the big and little boys who read it." But I propose that this is a book for adventurous souls who like a good story, regardless of gender. My three young daughters and I enjoyed it as much as their spirited brother, and I'm certainly glad I included the girls in our reading. A fun read all the way around!

Product review by Kendra Fletcher, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, April 2010