This is not intended as either a promotional or disapproving post, but as an extra info type up for a few others that may be interested in our take on Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax series.
A few biography sites on Dorothy Gilman tout her as holding Unitarian beliefs; and, the prevailing beliefs the characters promote in the Mrs. Pollifax series seem to support this - with Mrs. Pollifax agreeing to reincarnation, physic insight, offering a buddist blessing, and then praying that God would protect someone... all in a few chapters :-) Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station
Clairvoyants, pyschics, astrologists, and upholders of theological humanitarianism (the belief that Jesus Christ possessed a human nature only) are all treated with the same Unitarian open handedness.
The series is engaging, and we're enjoying the story aspect !! , yet I'm making sure I preview each audiobook before handing them to Daisy so that we can discuss any "religious" themes undergirding the storyline in each book.
So far I've previewed:
The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax (Instanbul)
The Elusive Mrs. Polliax (Bulgaria)
Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station
We won't be going through every title, maybe just 5 or 6 (and not book 8 as quite a few reviewers note that one as being 'darker' with Gilman detailing the torture of Mrs. Pollifax - not a theme I'm wanting to include in a 'cozy mystery' book for Daisy. ETA: We skipped the first book until the children were quite a bit older as
it’s heavy on adult despair and suicidal depression.)
The titles I'm selecting out are definitely driven by geographical location to compliment our Modern Times History study this year. Yet we're also using this as an opportunity to, once again, compare and contrast religious world views and beliefs as we read - a topic study we're focusing on this year, .... we have a great diversity of religious beliefs amongst our family and associates and it's interesting for Daisy to spot them in the literature she's reading this year.
I just love using a literature based approach to education.