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The Robbers' Cave Review by Sheila QuachA.L.O.E.
Lamplighter Ministries International
23 State St.
Mount Morris, NY 14510
The Robbers' Cave was our second book from Lamplighter that I have been able to get my hands on and read. And once again I was not disappointed. I love books and I have rooms filled with them. But, these are not just books, they are like little treasures preserved in time for all to enjoy. Not only are Lamplighter books visually stunning, but they are edited within a Biblical framework to ensure every single story not only lines up with the character of God, but also provides key scriptures to seal these traits in your heart.
This story was written in 1862 by Charlotte Maria Tucker, an English Author who wrote under the pseudonym A.L.O.E. (a Lady of England). The book is just over 200 pages, so I decided that Kaden and I would read it together out loud. I was glad I did because he had several questions. The story is about a young man named Horace who sets out with his Mother through Italy. The Mother is very nervous and worried, they are traveling through an unsafe area. But, Horace feels he knows better. Sure enough, they are ambushed by bandits and the awful worries that his Mother had become all too real. This story kept us turning pages before we had finished the last sentence on the current page. All I can say is this story is a suspenseful adventure laced in God's provision. It shows us that even in the darkest of times God shines a light down to us. In this situation, it was through an unlikely source, which made for a great discussion after wards between my son and I.
A favorite additional extra that I found helpful and fun was whenever there was an Italian word or phrase at the bottom of the page was the translation. There were even a few places mentioned too that was translated, Kaden and I had fun searching through maps to try and find the places. Without those little notes we would have glazed right through the story. But because they were there we also did an impromptu lesson on volcanoes and Italy, his interest was really sparked while reading. I think this is a great addition to any one's library. We have made a mighty long list of Lamplighter books that my family and I want to read. And we look forward to many more Christ infused adventures.
-Product review by Sheila Quach, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, May, 2017