Book Review: Sleds on Boston Common

Rating: ★★★★☆

It’s refreshing to find a piece of historical fiction placed squarely in the middle of important historical events, yet focused on children’s natural interests. It’s even better when the story events are loosely based on local folklore.  This is the story of a group of children who ask the British general to stop his soldiers from destroying their sled runs. Although tensions are rising between the British and the American colonies, soon to erupt into the Revolutionary War, General Gage responds to the children’s request by ordering his soldiers to clear their sled runs and leave a pond unbroken for skating.

This small kindness shown by a general on the edge of war, taking the time to listen to children who want to play, will help young readers understand that although war provides opportunity for the most terrible of evils, individuals involved in war are complex people, each motivated by his own human interests.

This is best suited for elementary ages, and because of its historical setting it’s especially good for those who have the chance to visit.

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Publication Information: Borden, Louise. Sleds on Boston Common. Parker, Robert Andrew (Illustrator). Margaret K. McElderry Book. 2000. ISBN: 0689828128.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 04-08
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Posted on December 9, 2014

3 responses to Book Review: Sleds on Boston Common

  • KDC says:

    Feel free to have the chance to visit, we have room :-) we haven’t been to the Common for a while.

  • Thank you Karl-Dieter! We just spent several days tracing Paul Revere’s route using Google street view. By the end I realized it would have taken less time to simply drive there. :-D

  • KDC says:

    Haha! Though with traffic on that part of Route 2, I’m not so sure.

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