It’s 1852 and cousins Patrick and Beth sail to Fiji on the HMS Calliope under the command of Captain James E. Home. They arrive at the islands to find that the Christian Fijians are at war with the non-Christian Fijians. Missionary James Calvert is trying to make peace and suggests that the captain allow peace negotiations on board the British vessel. Patrick and Beth learn about sacrificial living when they observe Calvert’s determination to live on Fiji despite the dangers and impoverished conditions and that he is willing to risk his life to live as Jesus would.
This series continues to be a great way for young readers to learn about history and historical figures in an interesting, age-appropriate way. Hering and Batson deliver an exciting plot and interesting illustrations that pull children into the story. What I think is the best thing about this book is that it gives children an idea about who James Calvert was and what he did so that when they study him later as they grow and learn more in-depth history, they will already be familiar with him.
This was one of my more favorite books of the series as I appreciate the message in the book and the conversations it sparked as we read it together. If you are looking for a great book for beginning chapter readers or as a read-aloud for younger children, this is a great book. The Imagination Station series continues to provide historically accurate, engaging stories with great messages. On a side note, even though it is a series, the books do not have to be read in order, which is a big selling point for me!