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Colonial America and the Revolutionary War

Library Media Connection

August, 2009

Colonial America and the Revolutionary War

Young readers and their teachers will find this book about colonial America, the Revolutionary War, and the major figures in early America useful and interesting. The first section of the book details the settlements in the New World discussing the Puritans, the Pilgrims, the Pennsylvania Dutch, Quakers, Native Americans, African-American slaves, and others. We learn about what these people ate and wore, what their homes were like, what the children did, and what games were played. The next section details the events leading up to the Revolutionary War, the major battles, the Treaty of Paris, and the Constitutional Convention. Finally, the book concludes with biographies of 28 individuals who played a major part in the forming of our country including Benjamin Franklin, Nathan Hale, Crispus Attucks, Molly Pitcher, and Paul Revere. Every chapter ends with several websites that interested students can visit to learn more. The book is illustrated with b&w photos of famous portraits, paintings, and maps. The text throughout is large, with ample white space making this a user-friendly addition to every school library. Recommended.

Ann M. G. Gray, Library Media Specialist, Pittsburg (New Hampshire) School

Booklist

May 15, 2009

Colonial America and the Revolutionary War

The publisher of the Biography for Beginners series has released a wonderful history reference book presenting introductory-level information for primary and intermediate learners. Part 1, "Colonial America," examines early settlement, starting with chapters on Jamestown and Plymouth Plantation and moving on to different regions and immigrant groups. Attention is given to religious beliefs, homes, food sources, clothing, childhood, and recreation. Two chapters are devoted to Native Americans and African Americans.

Part 2, "The Revolutionary War," discusses the political history of the period, touching on the causes of the war and chronicling the significant battles, such as Bunker Hill and Valley Forge. Part 3, "Biographical Profiles," makes up most of the volume, with A--Z entries for 28 individuals, among them Ethan Allen, Patrick Henry, Molly Pitcher, and Phillis Wheatley. The entries, ranging from 4 to 12 pages, begin with a black-and-white portrait, dates of birth and death, and a listing of achievements. Two additional sections, "The Symbols of the Revolutionary War" and "Glossary and Brief Biographies," follow the profiles.

All chapters and biographical profiles end with a list of Web sites to encourage additional research. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations are found throughout the book. An appendix contains important documents, such as the Mayflower Compact. The volume concludes with a Revolutionary War time line and a simple subject index.

This volume is highly recommended for public and school library collections. The affordable price, well-organized basic information, and user-friendly format make it a valuable resource for young researchers.

School Library Journal

April, 2009

Colonial America and the Revolutionary War

Gr 5-7–Drawing heavily from more advanced monographs, this well-organized volume provides a brief general introduction and three chronological sections: "Colonial America," "The Revolutionary War," and "Biographical Profiles." The first section includes chapters on regions from New England to Georgia, and on various social groups. Discussion is centered on issues concerning daily life and topics such as representative government, Native Americans, and slavery. Part two traces the origins of the conflict, from the French and Indian War to the outbreak of hostilities at Lexington and Concord, terminating at the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The 28 brief, illustrated biographical sketches cover perennial research favorites such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, and Phillis Wheatley. Each entry is followed by a brief list of Web sites for further exploration. The work concludes with a section devoted to a few of the most important symbols of the Revolutionary period such as the Liberty Bell and the American Flag. An appendix contains fundamental documents from the Mayflower Compact to the Constitution as well as a brief time line of the Revolution. Overall, the entries are of high quality and will work well for reports and assignments. The larger-than-average font and uncluttered layout with plenty of white space will be appreciated by students, especially those with visual or learning disabilities. Average-quality black-and-white reproductions are included.–Brian Odom, Pelham Public Library, AL

Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

May, 2010

Colonial America and the Revolutionary War

This very easy to read reference book illuminates the early colonial era. Explored in the early colonies are the many migrant groups settled within, their beliefs, family life, their food, their clothing, games and sports, including sections on the Native American tribes and the African-American slaves. Written for younger students studying American history for the first time, the causes of the American Revolution are explored, the important battles fought, and once the war is over, the establishment of the new nation with the writing and ratifying of the U.S. Constitution. Students will discover 28 biographical profiles of important figures, such as Mercy Warren. Each entry ends with a list of websites. There is a glossary and brief biographies, and an Appendix which includes The Mayflower Compact, The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights and a Timeline of the Revolution and a subject index.

B.J.Neary

 

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