Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
We had so many preorders that I had to order another print run before I had even received the first one . . . so thank you!
I will now be shipping the books in the order I received the preorders. It may take me a few days to get through the huge pile of invoices. I've enlisted the help of some local elves to scoot me along, but please be patient with me! You'll definitely receive your order by the end of next week, (considering that it takes longer to get to you if you live on the west coast).
We hope you will be pleased with the book.
The booklist of over 200 Christmas titles and Cay's annotations of about 75 of them will be available for purchase as a pdf download on the website sometime later this weekend.
Happy Feast of All Saints to everyone!!!
Thanks to the Infant of Prague for continued protection of Hillside Education.
Friday, October 26, 2007
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
The First Christmas Stocking by Elizabeth Winthrop
An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco
Father and Son, a Nativity Story by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Christmas Donkey by Gillian McClure (this is an out-of-print book and will be a used copy)
Book Package Price $65.99
All are hardback books except The Christmas Donkey
You may preorder this now, but they will not ship until November 2.
Speaking of that, we have had some delays at the printer. Our new ship date for Christmas Mosaic is November 2 or 3. To thank you for your preorder and to make up a little for the delay, we will be including a copy of one of the featured books with your order. Be sure to order by November 1 to receive this special gift.
God bless you and your families as Advent approaches.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The second is the long awaited Christmas Mosaic by Cay Gibson. ("Long awaited" seems to be a theme around here!) Sequel to the popular Catholic Mosaic, this books features study guides for 30 Christmas-themed picture books. Cay has also compiled a list of over 200 Christmas picture book titles and annotated quite a number of them. We've included Christmas poetry and recipes from our readers. A special highlight is a series of essays contributed by Karen Edmisten, Kathryn Faulkner, Elizabeth Foss, Alice Gunther, Dawn Hanigan, Jennifer Miller, Gwen Wise, and yours truly. We hope you find it a treasure worth adding to your Christmas observances/celebrations.
Both are available to preorder on the Hillside website. Check the "What's New" page.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Here is what we need:
1. A good reliable fruitcake recipe FOUND
2. Lebanese "Nest of a Bird" or "Eat and be Grateful;" failing that, a good baklava FOUND
3. Oyster stew FOUND
4. Currant cakes FOUND
5. Wibele (cookie) Found out this cookie is only made by one company in Germany and there is no recipe. Please email me if you know otherwise!
6. Your favorite Christmas cookie Thanks to all who contributed recipes!!
I could find some of these online (or in my "wall" of cookbooks), but I want to include recipes that people have as part of their family Christmas traditions. Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to contribute. Include the recipe, directions, and any tidbit about the history of the recipe or how you use it as part of your family's Christmas traditions.
Friday, August 10, 2007
While our content is the same, we have changed the look and functions of our website.
Please bear with us as we figure out the new way things work and load up all the essential information.
Special thanks to Michelle, webmaster extraordinaire!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Many people have written to the website email asking about the release date of Intermediate Language Lessons by Emma Serl.
We will be sending it to the printer tomorrow and it should be ready within two weeks. So I predict August 6th as a ship date. We will post a preorder button on the website in the next few days.
Thank you all for interest in this work and I hope you will find it worth the wait. We're heading off to go camping this week. When I return, I will post more information about what you will find in our revised text.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Easter is for Me! by Dandi Daley Mackall (for preschool age children)
The Jesus Garden by Antoinette Bosco
The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith
(We have the Wildsmith book for sale on our website.)
Eventually we will place these guides in Catholic Mosaic and remove them from the website.
We hope they add some joy to your coming Eastertide!
Friday, February 16, 2007
The Father Brown Reader
The first one coming out by April is a book with 4 short story adaptations of Chesterton's Father Brown mysteries. It is intended for a middle grade reader (ags 8-11) or to be read aloud to younger children. Author Nancy Carpentier Brown adapted "The Blue Cross," "The Queer Feet" (called "The Strange Feet" in our version), "The Flying Stars," and "The Absence of Mr. Glass." Ted Schluenderfritz has provided the illustrations. This will be a great book for gift giving!
Intermediate Language Lessons
Yes, we are finally moving ahead with this text. We hope to have it ready for the coming school year. (Please continue to check this blog for updates.) Our version is aligned with the Mother of Divine Grace Syllabi for 4th and 5th grade and includes a completely revised Part 3 that can be used in 6th grade.
Cay Gibson is at work again, this time preparing a mosaic for experiencing the Advent and Christmas seasons through picture books. The book will include study guides for 20 featured children's books as well as a comprehensive annotated list of other Christmas book resources. Available this summer, possibly sooner.
Sacerdos: The Story of Sir Melchisedech and the Knight of the Holy Mountain
This fairy tale written and illustrated by Sean Fitzpatrick is an allegory of the Mass. It is intended as a middle grade reader or to be read aloud to younger children; available by Christmas time (or sooner!).
We also have a few other things that we are working on, but it may take longer to find the "resources" to get them in print:
Fabiola (edited version recommended in the Mother of Divine Grace Syllabus)
Lives from Plutarch: The Modern American Edition of Twelve Lives by John McFarland
The King's Thane by Charles Brady
The Mass for Children (reprint of a 1925 Mass book)
We appreciate your continued interest in Hillside Education!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
So I'm inspired to make a list . . . and it's a good thing I'm not on some award show because I would never make the time limit.
#1 Infant of Prague for continuous support
#2 Husband and children: We are on a grand adventure with lots of twists and turns! I love you!
Partners: Matt and Diane Kuplack. They saved Hillside when it most needed saving.
Donors: Thank you is not enough!!! (Anonymous and incredibly generous!)
Lay-out and gracious, indispensible support: Mary Jo Loboda
Artists: Ted Schluenderfritz, Sean Fitzpatrick, Maureen Van Nostrand
Authors: Cay Gibson, Nancy Carpentier Brown, Madeleine Polland, the family of Charles Brady, the family of Geoffrey Trease
Editor par excellence: Rose Decaen
Proofreading: Jane Elliot
Printers: Katie Luzzi at RR Donnelley in Allentown, Rose Marie at PDQ in Scranton, Amy at Smart Design in Wyoming
Retailers: Theresa Johnson at CHC, Paola Ciskanik at Emmanuel Books, Mark and Anna Hackett at Fountain Resources in Australia, Linda Nelson at Sacred Heart Books and Gifts, Mark Bonds at All Catholic Books, Tom Heldridge at Adoremus Books
Thanks also to the ladies at love2learn.net (Favorite Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers).
Thanks to the person, who wishes to remain nameless, who first suggested that I write literature study guides and English books, and who still supports me and pumps me up out of insecurity when I feel like I'm in over my head.
Thanks to all those who have used our products! There is a great line in a prayer that I say to the Infant of Prague every day and I think of you all when I say it:
"Give me the necessary grace to use my temporal goods according to Your will, to employ myself usefully after Your pleasure, and to give joy to my neighbor through love of You . . ."
2006 was an incredibly creative and adventurous year. In my next post, I'll tell you what we're working on for this spring and summer. It all depends of the will of God. Please keep us in your prayers. We have greater ambition than we have resources.