In the Heart of the Rockies is available in a MP3 CD format or an instant downloadable format. The CD will play in a computer CD drive, DVD player, or any MP3 compatible CD player. Please note that the files will not play in a standard CD player.
The MP3 CD version costs $25 and the digital download costs $18. We received the MP3 CD and listened to it on my laptop. It lasts for 10 hours and 53 minutes and is broken down into 19 chapters on average of 35 minutes each. You can purchase these and other audio books online at Jim Hodges Productions or by sending a check.
In the Heart of the Rockies is by G.A. Henty and set during the early American history time period of the 1860's. We were introduced to Henty earlier this year and have fell in love with his novels. He accurately portrays history with the remarkable skills of a storyteller. We used the free version from Gutenberg to follow along as Jim Hodges read to us the story of Tom Wade. The book is not necessary but it aids my oldest son who is currently a 10th grader to really comprehend what he is hearing. He is receiving both the visual and auditory learning that he needs. My 6th and 8th graders listened in as well.
In the Heart of the Rockies takes you on the adventures of Tom Wade as he leaves his England home a boy at the age 16 and joins his Uncle Harry in Denver, Colorado to help mine for gold so that he could help his sisters earn money for their family finances. Both of his parents had already passed away and they left behind Tom and his four sisters. He felt leaving for America was his best option to help take care of his sisters. His Uncle had previously sent a letter to his mother (before she died) telling her of his good fortune and letting her know that he could put Tom to work easily and "make a man out of him." After many toils and troubles some of which include frigid temperatures and Native American warriors, he finds the fortune in which he set out to find. As the story draws to an end and Tom returns to England two and a half years later, he has turned into a man just as his Uncle Harry had promised. The story is full of vivid vocabulary that help you visualize the surroundings of Tom and the Colorado Rockies.
Also available for purchase is a study guide. The study guide cost an additional $12 but in our opinion is well worth the extra cost. The guide covers two chapters at a time and has a place to discuss vocabulary, history and comprehension questions, and an activity section. There are also three quizzes included. It includes all the answers to each question and quiz at the end. Some of the activities include research, geography, Venn diagrams, charts, experiments, character traits and more making it really simple to make each of these novels into a complete unit study. We used the study guide together as a family and pick and chose what activities we found most interesting.