Christian Liberty Press~Mr. Pipes Schoolhouse Crew Review

by adustyframe ~ August 23rd, 2012




Mr. Pipes and the British Hymnmakers is a 242 page book from Christian Liberty Press.  The e-book  retails for $8.79 but they also offer a print version.

Christian Liberty Press also offers Mr. Pipes Comes To America, and Mr. Pipes and Psalms and Hymns of the Reformation. The complete set retails for $38.99

From the website:

This first book in the series by Douglas Bond tells the story of two teens who, while on vacation in England, are befriended by an elderly English gentlemen called Mr. Pipes. Through this relationship they learn about famous British hymn writers. They also learn about the value of traditional worship and praise.


My thoughts~

I find this book to be an easy addition to our hymn study which is a component of Charlotte Mason education. The story features two children on holiday in a small village in England where they meet Mr. Pipes and learn a little bit about British culture and about British hymnwriters.

I did feel that this book is written to a younger level than the suggested 7-10th grade that the website suggests.

The chapters also feel very long to me but that could just be my opinion. I’d love a chapter that is short enough to read through in one sitting.

I found myself hopping up and going to the piano to play the hymns from the score included in the book. Pretty funny actually, because my version was on my Kindle–a little smaller than the music I’m accustomed to reading!

Mr. Pipes introduces Annie & Drew to Thomas Ken, Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley, William Williams, John Newton, William Cowper, Augustus Toplady, John Bunyan, and Scottish and Anglican hymn writers.

We will continue to use this in school during hymn study, and I decided to change several of the hymns I already chose for the school year to match the hymns in Mr. Pipes and The British Hymn Makers.

I plan to continue to read small portions aloud several times a week while we learn the hymn included in the chapter.

I loved this post a fellow TOS reviewer shared with several resources to use while reading Mr. Pipes. To see what other reviewers thought about this resource from Christian Liberty Press check out this post.  (Or you can click the graphic below.)

If you’re curious, check out this 30 page sample. You can get a feel for the book as well as view the sweet illustrations.


Disclaimer~As a TOS reviewer, I received a free PDF version of this book in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.


1 Thought Shared to Christian Liberty Press~Mr. Pipes Schoolhouse Crew Review

  1. Lisa

    7–10th grade?? I felt like 3–6th. It was a little contrived, but did help them see that hymns were a creative process and an important part of both history and worship. But a 16 year old reading it? No.

    I agree 😉

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