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If You Lived In Colonial Times Paperback – May 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Series: If You…
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Updated edition (May 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059045160X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590451604
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gives a great deal of information and is nicely appropriate to the capability of the beginning reader.... The illustrations are plentiful, attractive, and often humorous.... The young reader can get a good picture of daily life in the colonial period." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 6/7/64

About the Author

Ann McGovern has been writing children's books for over 35 years. She has published over 45 titles including STONE SOUP, several books in the IF YOU LIVED.... series, and SCRAM, KID! (Viking, 1974), which won the Horn Book Award. McGovern spent part of her career at Scholastic, where she created the See-Saw Book Club. McGovern lives in New York City.

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Ann McGovern is the author of over 55 books for children and sales of her books exceed 30 million. She is the author of the classics STONE SOUP and TOO MUCH NOISE, as well as several IF YOU LIVED... books.

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Best of all, our kids love it!
"genealogyandhistory"
Excellent introduction to life in colonial times.
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It is engaging, enjoyable, and very informative.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
Life in New England in colonial times was hard, a good growing year and people could eat well, a bad growing year and there was hunger. Harvest was an especially busy time, as everyone had to work all hours to get all of the food stored away.

This book is about how the children of that time lived. Since everything revolved around the family in their house, this is about family life from the perspective of children. What they wore what they ate, the work they did during the day, what they did for fun, what their schools were like, and how they behaved on Sunday. There were many laws, some of which were heavily enforced and others that were largely ignored.

The tithing-man would rap you if you misbehaved in church or tickle your face if you fell asleep during the service. Nearly everything that was used by the people was grown and made by them, so the explanations of how they made their goods was quite interesting. The list of standard jobs found in every village, such as the miller, blacksmith, barber, tailor and the cooper describes what professions were most valued at that time.

This is an excellent book about the life of a child in New England. While their lives are described as being difficult, they were not without joy, something that is also mentioned in detail.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2000
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I highly recommend this book. My children, 6 and 4 years old, could easily put themselves into the very clearly described settings. They got a real feel for what life was like in colonial days. It was fun to read - made for GREAT family time!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "genealogyandhistory" on June 12, 2003
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Of all the history on daily life, no book offers more practical insight into the daily lives of Colonists.
The Bible says, "Out of the mouths of babes..." Perhaps the same is true "For the eyes/ears of babes..."
Truly excellent. In all my searching through so many standard old history books, I could not find answers to the questions this book resolved.
Best of all, our kids love it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Heidi on March 22, 2008
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This was a good book for History. While some of the information we already knew there was a fair amount of new stuff too. It is in question - answered format. The colonial time period was much longer than I thought, People had to make everything, they went to school but not so much to doctors, and a whole lot more. I would recommend it for 1-3rd grade.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sally Cooper on January 7, 2001
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A really fun, well orgainized book. My 6 and 9 year olds loved it and so did I (Mom). We have been back to it many times, looking at particular sections. I am now ordering other titles in the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Gorden on April 3, 2009
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This book is a good introduction to colonial times. This book is intended for 4th+ grade. It is wordy with a colored 'sketch' in each two-page spread. Good information and easy to use with the question/answer format.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Johnson on June 13, 2008
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My kids love this series. I use them with other resources to bring hisotry alive for them. This gives me the tool I need to help them get into the lives of kids there age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Gift For You on May 2, 2013
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My daughter has a project at school and this book was full of info, great photos and made it fun. Thanks!
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