For this review, we were given a downloadable copy of The Green Book – eGuide from Progeny Press.
This 56 page study guide encourages readers to dig deeper into the science fiction story The Green Book by Jill Paton Walsh. The Green Book follows Pattie and her family as they flee a dying Earth and attempt to colonize a new planet. Once they arrive they face a variety of hardships on a strange planet.
The interactive e-Guide walks the reader through background information and activities such as:
- Author Biography
- Pre-reading Activities
- Literary Techniques
- Moral Lessons and Character Values
- Activities and Writing Assignments
- Suggestions for further reading
The download also includes a 6 page answer key.
How We Used The Green Book – eGuide
I decided to pre-read the first couple of chapters in The Green Book before handing it over to Monkey. It is recommended for Grades 3-5, so I wanted to make sure he could handle reading it on his own as a new 2nd grader. I was surprised at how quickly I got caught up in the story!
The story is told from the perspective of Pattie, the youngest colonist to make the journey and many of the hardships the crew faces are shown through the rose colored glasses of childhood innocence. I felt that this book was entirely appropriate for both Monkey (age 7) and Booger (age 4) to listen to as a read aloud, so rather than have Monkey read the book independently, we enjoyed it together.
The e-Guide recommends reading the book in its entirety the first week while completing the pre-reading activities and then going back and rereading each chapter as needed to complete the chapter activities at the rate of about 1 page a day.
It may be because we were working with a book and study guide that were above Monkey’s grade level, but it seemed that the volume of work was just too much. For example, Chapter 1 is 8 pages long (in our Kindle version, which I believe has the pages numbered the same as the physical book) and there are 6 pages of questions/activities in the study guide to go with the chapter. Even working together, with me typing in all the answers, it took us a long time to complete and Monkey quickly lost interest.
We decided to modify and only answered a few questions from each section. So rather than learning 11+ new vocabulary words for the chapter, we would focus on only a few of them. We also focused more on the activities that interested Monkey rather than making sure we completed every one.
The study guide is written from a Christian perspective and includes activities where you need to reference scripture from the Bible. Many of these references were included in the “Dig Deeper” sections of the e-Guide, which could easily be skipped for use by a secular homeschooling family.
Going back to something I mentioned earlier – this e-Guide is interactive, which means you can type your answers directly into it! The guide can still be printed if you prefer, but I loved this feature since I prefer to do most things “paperless.”
We really enjoyed reading this book! It is one that I had never heard of and likely wouldn’t have found on my own. While I thought that the volume of activities/questions for each chapter was excessive compared to the length of the chapters themselves, I appreciated the variety of activities and the literary concepts that were introduced. I look forward to re-visiting this book and e-guide with Monkey in the future and would certainly consider utilizing some of the other study guides from Progeny Press.
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