From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3 There really was a ``Boston Coffee Party'' during the American Revolution in which women punished a selfish merchant who was hoarding his coffee bean stock during the wartime shortage until the price was high enough for profit. Rappaport tells a story based on this historic detail from the point of view of two young sisters of that time, in words that are easy to read but convey the feelings of the time and the action of the plot. Greedy merchant Thomas has already held back sugar; when they find him doing the same with coffee, the women of the sewing circle plan their ``party'' for revenge. Although their knowledge of history and of the original Boston Tea Party may be vague, young readers and listeners have probably seen and heard enough about the American Revolutionary period and its costumes to enjoy and appreciate the story, which can stand on its own. McCully's competent line drawings with watercolor and charcoal create a sense of time and place while they convey the action through movement and gesture. Sylvia S. Marantz, Wellington School, Columbus, Ohio
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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About the Author
Doreen Rappaport is well known for her groundbreaking approach to multicultural history and literature for young readers. Her many books include Victory or Death: Stories of the American Revolution; We Are The Many: A Picture Book of American Indians; and Martins Big Words, winner of the Jane Addams Book Award. She and her husband divide their time between New York City and a rural village in upstate New York.