The books are action/adventure and all had my child captivated throughout. The vocabulary is rich and challenging for the young reader. The most important feature about this series is the option to add “The Teacher’s Lounge” subscription which includes tons of information about the country featured in each book, printable workbooks that are loaded with exercises in vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension, dictation and writing. The questions are also presented in a kid’s voice and with a kid’s sense of humor. The exercises are challenging, but presentation takes the sting out of doing “work”. Finally, one of the most valuable pieces of this series is the cultural detail the main character (Crameye) discovers and eloquently portrays in each of the places he lives.
I purchased this series as a homeschooling tool to add-on to other curricula. What I received was a fairly thorough unit study for several countries and cultures. Also included are blogs from each of the main characters, and a safe on-line kids club that further explores and enriches a child’s understanding of cultures around the world. I wound up replacing the Brave Writer curriculum I was using with The Adventurous Mailbox, and intend to continue using it this coming year as we only completed three of the eight books last year. Through the features on The Teacher’s Lounge and kids club my child has learned geography, world cultures, art, cooking, mapping skills, a taste of the languages spoken in the countries covered, and of course the language arts previously described.
I hope the author will continue to share Crameye’s adventures in a second series. This was, by far, the most surprising and enjoyable homeschool purchase I’ve made yet.