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Thursday, February 10, 2011

King Alfred's English - Laurie J. White

Sub title - A history of the language we speak and why we should be glad we do. This book is described as a light course in the four subject areas of history, English literature, linguistics, and the English Bible. It is designed for students in grades 7-12 and curious adults. The author is a homeschooler and maintains a website www.theshorterword.com that contains worksheets, tests and research activities based on the book. Also included are complimentary websites and resources.
This book is well written, well researched, and turns the history of our language and Bible translation into an interesting topic, even for those that are not history buffs. In fact, my wife who everyone calls the "research queen" was impressed by the amount of research that went into this book.  I enjoyed the combination of history and linguistics as it relates to why we use the words we do. I would recommend this book especially for homeschoolers, and for those that want to go beyond what is normally found in most textbooks.This book is available directly from the shorterword.com, and will be on my recommended homeschool books.