Posts tagged with History
9 December 2014 - Book Review: Sleds on Boston Common
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. 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.
27 November 2014 - Book Review: Tattered Sails
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. There aren’t a huge number of Thanksgiving books truly accessible to a preschool and early elementary audience. This one doesn’t specifically mention Thanksgiving, but it can do the job. …. The story line is minimal — a few choice details on every page — delivered in rhythmic, rhyming verse, with very nice illustrations. If the verse isn’t of the highest poetic quality, its rhythm is pleasant and it gets the story across. This is a good addition to the Thanksgiving reading list, especially if you have younger listeners.
22 November 2014 - Book Review: Sarah Gives Thanks
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. How did the American tradition of Thanksgiving come to be established? In the 1820s, 200 years after the Pilgrims’ celebration, different states observed the holiday on different days, and most southern states didn’t observe it at all. That was when Sarah Josepha Hale turned her considerable talent and persistence toward establishing a national holiday… This story stands out among juvenile biographies for its interest and accessibility. Appealingly and skillfully illustrated, it’s visually appealing, and the pictures carry a large part of the story. The writing is smooth and evocative, and really highlights the humanity of the person in focus. It’s an excellent read.
18 November 2014 - Book Review: Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember
Written from a particularly Christian perspective, this book does a great job drawing us into a spiritual meditation of God’s gracious generosity, which we easily lose sight of in the midst of holiday hassles. Illustrated beautifully enough to be a coffee table book, it works as a long read-aloud for an upper-elementary audience, and its research is detailed enough to interest both teens and adults.
17 November 2014 - Book Review: Thanksgiving Day
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Here is a retelling of the traditional Thanksgiving story for an elementary audience, with an explanation of modern observances of the holiday… If you have only 5-10 minutes to give your elementary kids a basic understanding of why we have a turkey holiday in November, this provides an accessible succinct explanation, and it reads pretty well aloud. If you have half an hour or more, you might prefer a more in-depth treatment.
15 November 2014 - Book Review: Tapenum’s Day
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. I’ll admit it. This is my favorite of Kate Waters’ historical reenactment series. It tells a story about Tapenum, a Wampanoag boy in the 1620′s… Even if you’re not particularly interested in Native American history and culture, this book rounds out the series by providing a short glimpse into what life was like for the majority of people in this country at the time the Pilgrims arrived. Additionally, Tapenum, young as he is, is focused on mastering the virtues that define manhood in his society. He’s likable and worthy of emulation.
14 November 2014 - Book Review: Samuel Eaton’s Day
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Samuel Eaton is a seven-year-old Pilgrim in 1627 Plymouth, a peer of Sarah Morton, and his story is another installment of Kate Waters’ historical reenactment series… It’s another great addition to a Thanksgiving read-aloud.
14 November 2014 - Book Review: Sarah Morton’s Day
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Here is another in Kate Waters’ historical-reenactment series. It follows the story of nine-year-old pilgrim Sarah Morton, based on a real girl at Plymouth Plantation who was nine in 1627…. This book provides a visual experience of what a pilgrim’s daily life might have been like, and as part of a Thanksgiving observance it provides a bit of realism to go with the turkey and nostalgia.
14 November 2014 - Book Review: On the Mayflower
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. On the Mayflower is the fourth in a series of historical-reenactment stories by Kate Waters… the great feature of this story is its carefully-researched setting and costumes. Many scenes evoke the feeling of actually being there. If you’re not able to actually visit the real Plimoth Plantation, this is the next best thing. It’s a really nice supplement to a study of the Pilgrims.
2 March 2013 - Book Review: The Very First Easter
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Paul Maier, a professor of Ancient History, brings his expertise to bear in explaining the significance of the Easter events and subsequent Christian traditions… this is a great resource for helping elementary-aged children transition from simply rehearsing the Easter events to understanding their historical and spiritual significance.
What if this book had Anthony Robin instead of Christopher Robin? —
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