Sacha’s<25: The Sugar Creek Gang Audio CD’s are radio dramatizations of the book series–simply amazing and enjoyable for your whole family! (Please read more below!!!)
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“Can we please listen to more of the story,“ is what I heard as we climbed back in the car after a day at our homeschool co-op. My kids are begging me to keep listening to the Sugar Creek Gang stories. Not only that, but one day we got home and sat in the car, in the driveway, listening for another 10 minutes so we could find out what happened next in the story. They are that good! Even better yet is that my 3 year old is enjoying them as well as my 5, 8, 11, and 13 year olds!
I couldn’t be more thrilled! These CD’s are the best I’ve ever heard. Yes, I know that seems like an overstatement but it’s not! These stories are wholesome, adventureous, fun, and have amazing character and Biblical messages along the way. The narrator is a wonderful narrator…he has great voices for the characters and is very entertaining to listen to!
The stories are told in such a way it is if the main character is telling you the story right there in your living room, car, or wherever you may be while you are listening to them! Included within the stories are science lessons, poetry (one of the the “gang” loves to quote poetry), character lessons—Children obey your parents in the Lord, and much more!
In 1939, Paul Hutchens began writing this series of wholesome Christian adventure books for boys and girls. Several years ago Paul Ramseyer was inspired to dramatize the book series for radio. I am so glad that he did.
Beloved Books looks to be an amazing resource for families. Beloved Books provided the Sugar Creek Gang Audio CD’s for us to review. The have been involved with the manufacturing and distribution of the Sugar Creek Gang Adventure Time audio stories since 1998. For years their family has enjoyed listening to audio stories and reading aloud life-affirming, wholesome literature together. Beloved Books was created to share their favorite books and audio resources with other Christian families! Please take a moment and see all the different types of products that they have to offer!
I couldn’t say this in a better way, so straight from Beloved Books’ website:
These Sugar Creek Gang “Audio Adventures” are dramatically read straight from the original books. Christian families LOVE this series because the gospel message is presented in such a simple, easy-to-understand style. The whole series is, in fact, a discipleship journey… even parents who listen along witness the Holy Spirit working changes in their own hearts!
The complete audio series contains over 36 books with over 100 hours on 72 CDs! We were given the first volume of CD’s from the Sugar Creek Gang Audio series to review. These stories are meant to be listened to in order! The stories can stand alone but follow a continuing story line, as well as a spiritual foundation that is built upon as the series progresses.
This volume of CDs contains the following stories:
The Swamp Robber
The Killer Bear
The Winter Rescue
The Lost Campers
The Secret Hideout
With each story lasting approximately 2 hours this CD series is about 12 hours of enjoyment, learning and life changing messages for your family. That comes out to less than $5/hour! There isn’t much that a family can enjoy together for that price! And even if you don’t listen (although I know you will want to) you can’t buy happy, quiet children for hours at a time for that price. Well worth the investment!
Let me introduce you to some of our new “friends” or characters in this series:
Bill Collins is the narrator of the series and is 10 years of age. His best friend is Poetry. His father, is a farmer, but Bill wants to be a doctor when he grows up.
Poetry is sometimes called “the barrel-shaped member of the gang” because he is very chubby. He always boasts about his detective abilities, and usually has a tent pitched in his backyard. His nickname is “Poetry”, because he can quote a poem for most any situation.
Dragonfly is the skinniest and most allergic member of the gang. He usually sees things that are not there at all, or are there before the rest of the gang does. He is nicknamed “Dragonfly” because dragonflies have big eyes.
Little Jim is the youngest member of the gang. He is a very good Christian.
Circus is nicknamed “Circus” because he has amazing athletic abilities, and can’t resist climbing a tree or doing a cartwheel. His dad is a drunk and is not a Christian. (I have read that he eventually becomes one and changes his ways early in the series.)
Big Jim is the leader of the gang, and is several years older than the rest of the gang. He uses the skills he learned as a Scout to lead the gang well.
We haven’t made it through all 12 hours of the stories yet, but we are looking forward to the times when we can listen to them. I know my kids are begging to listen to them more right now, but they have to finish their school work first!
What I liked:
- One of the things I love most about these stories is that the characters share how a person should live if they are a Christian in their conversations with each other. It is very natural to talk about Christianity amongst themselves in their daily conversations. Bill Collins (the main character) is so appreciate of having Christian parents and talks about it in the stories! I think this gives our children so much to think about!
- The Gospel is presented in a natural way throughout the stories.
- Character messages, Biblical messages, science lessons, poetry all woven into a well crafted story!
- My boys and girls are enjoying these audio stories!
- The narrator is amazing….so personal, great character voices, and super interesting to listen to!
What I didn’t like:
- My kids might like them too much….lots of begging to listen to more of the story!!! (OK, this isn’t really isn’t a dislike!)
- I only mention this as a caution…Circus’ dad is a drunk and there is a scene in the first audio story where he is drunk. This can be used as a good opportunity to talk to your kids about drinking etc. However, I wanted to mention it if you don’t feel comfortable with this.
To sum it up: This audio series, sold by Beloved Books, will bless your family in more ways than you can imagine! Take the plunge a get them for your family. This is not just a temporary investment…you truly are investing in the lives of your children for eternity. You can also listen FREE to the very first complete story in the series online: http://belovedbooks.com/freebie.html. Please note below that I have a special coupon code for 20% off your entire order.
The important information:
The Sugar Creek Gang Volume 1 CD’s
Order from: Beloved Books–http://www.belovedbooks.com
you can also call and order them at: 1-877-223-4415
Price: $54.95 for Volume 1 CD’s–free shipping included. Or you can order the first COMPLETE story, ”Swamp Robber”, for only $4.95 and FREE First Class postage to try it out!
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Disclosure/Disclaimer: I received the above product free of charge for review purposes. I am only expected to give an honest review.