Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Cat of Bubastes ~ A Review

Heirloom Audio Productions recently released its new audio drama, The Cat of BubastesI received the physical CD set as well as digital downloads. G.A. Henty, dubbed history's master of storytelling, brings history alive in his books of daring exceptions and adventures. Heirloom Audio Productions philosophy of a Christ-centered history is refreshing amidst a world of humanistic thinking. 

The Cat of Bubastes is the story of a young prince, Amuba, who becomes enslaved when the Egyptians conquer his people. He becomes a fugitive when Chebron, the Egyptian high priests son, accidentally kills a sacred cat. A riot follows and the boys must flee. Embarking on a dangerous journey they set out for Amuba's homeland of Rebu. 

This audio adventure is 2 1/2 hours in length. Along with the CD's the following were included in the form of downloads:
  • MP3 Download
  • E-Book
  • MP3 Soundtrack
  • Printable Cast Poster
  • Study Guide and Discussion
  • Inspirational Verse Poster
  • Live The Adventure Letter
  • Behind the Scenes Video

Heirloom Audio truly brings history to life. As you listen to the story unfolding you feel like you are really living the adventure. My 13 year old daughter has read G.A. Henty's book, The Cat of Bubastes~ A Tale of Ancient Egypt and commented that she enjoyed listening as much as she did reading it. 

Study Guide
The study guide is a FABULOUS complement to the audio drama CD's. I found the study guide to be extremely helpful in discussing the story with my children. The study guide is set up to aid the younger student in understanding the story as well as challenging the older student at a deeper level. The study questions are divided into three sections.

The Listening Well ~focuses on what was heard~

The Thinking Further ~challenges the child to think, draw conclusions, and speculate~

The Defining Words ~ defining unfamiliar vocabulary~

The study guide is available via computer download. 

The study guide truly works for all ages. For the younger child there are vocabulary words to define and for the older child there are great discussion questions. Many times, after listening to the Heirloom Adventures, it has sparked further discussion and interest in periods of history that likely would have been overlooked.
A sampling of what the study guide has to offer..

"For most of their history the Egyptians were polytheists: they worshipped the forces of Nature under the form of strange, animal-headed gods. The greatest of these gods was Ra, the sun: the pharaohs reigned as sons of Ra, some of the divine sun........Bast or Bastet was another of Egypt's many gods. She was portrayed in human form but with a cat's head. She was believed to be a daughter of Ra and the protector of mothers, including those will with child. The city of Bubastes (Bubastis) was the center of her worship."

I cannot even begin to explain how amazing the study guide is. It's an excellent complement to the audio adventure. The discussion questions are thought provoking and aid in making sure that your child understands what is happening along the way. All of the extra material included helps create a fabulous unit study of Ancient Egypt. My daughter's had fun making Ta'amia using the recipe included in the study guide. Ta'amia is very similar to Falafel. Our family loves games. A game called Senet was featured in one of the Expand Your Learning. I think that this game may end up being under the tree at Christmas. 

The amazing cast of voices include:

Final Thoughts
Heirloom Audio has produced yet another great audio adventure!!! Designed for children ages, 6-16, I would most definitely say that the 16 and above crowd will enjoy the adventure too. I have had the privilege of reviewing The Dragon And The RavenWith Lee In Virginia, In Freedom's Cause, and Beric The Briton. I would highly recommend these audio adventures. 

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