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  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Series: If You…
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Updated edition (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590674447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590674447
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 8.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My 5th graders loved this book as a read aloud.
Nette
The illustrations are cute, and the information they learn is more memorable and detailed.
Robin L. Tozer
Excellent book to get your children thinking critically about the American Revolution!
Heather Chapman

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By mesadallas on October 13, 2011
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This Book is a very good source for helping teach what everyday life was like for both the Patriots and Loyalists during the Revolutionary War. Although I am not an expert on the Revolutionary War I do know quite a bit about the time period and am a stickler for historical accuracy.I am also a stickler when it comes to revitionist history or creating a historical bias due to omitting facts so I am very careful about the sources I use when teaching history to my second graders. While I think the book did a good job of presenting the perspectives of both Patriots and Loyalists the book did go a little heavy on the abuse suffered by Loyalists from Patriots. Both sides suffered abuse from the other but the book fails to mention that Patriots also sufferd the same abuse by Loyalists. Example: both Loyalist and Patriots had homes and property seized and burned- not just Loyalists as the book implies.

The book also made a huge historical error in stating that George Washington's older brother Lawrence remained a staunch Loyalist during the Revolution resulting in family division. This is simply not true. Lawrence had been dead many years before the beginning of the Revolution having died while George was still a teen-ager. It was from Lawrence that George inherited Mount Vernon. George did have other brothers but all of them served on the Patriots side. It may be that the author confused Lawrence with George's in-laws some of whom remained Loyalists, but when writing a historical book, especially one whose purpose is to educate children, correct factual detail is a must.This was a big mistake to make and one that could easily have been avoided just by double-checking facts. If this book is ever reprinted I hope this mistake will be corrected.

Despite the error I found, this book had a lot of good information and was a valuable resource in teaching my second grade students about the Revolutionary War. I just made sure I expanded or explained where needed.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Heather Chapman on October 10, 2003
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I thought that this book was a great example of how all of our history books should be written: from multiple perspectives! All we ever hear about our history is the positive patriotic version that is sugar coated and mostly false. For once, someone has written a story for children that shares both sides of the story: Loyalist and Patriot. This book beautifully compares and contrasts the viewpoints of both sides, the impact the war had on both sides, and some of the important figures, both Loyalist and Patriot. Excellent book to get your children thinking critically about the American Revolution!
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50 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Kymberli N. Myers on July 30, 2006
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According the the Author's note, the purpose of this book is to show what America lost by winning the Revolution. She portrays the loyalists having been treated unfairly by the patriots, to the point of not being able to send their children to school, not being able to speak freely, and being in fear of being attacked and having their homes burned down. She fails to mention any dangers faced by the Patriots. This book is horribly one sided. I bought this for my neice, but would be ashamed to actually give it to her as a gift.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mother and reader on May 15, 2008
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We have other in you books that we really enjoyed while my son learned some history. This book is listed for ages 9-12 but assumed much more pre-knowledge of the american revolution than children that age would have. There was no real history attached minus some people were loyalists and some were patriots. What information that was in this book was lost for the 9-12 year old group because it is a difficult read for the age. The words are probably typical content and timeframe accurate but not explained and the book is too conceptual not fact based. Overall reading the book it was clearly written with a agenda - which was not to inform you of the timeframe or life in the timeframe but rather that war is bad. A fine message for a book not titled If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution. Either the age range or information contained should be adjusted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Buck on December 24, 2012
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This is a Great addition to my classroom library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shannon M. Mcgee on June 7, 2011
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I find if you are like me and do not remember the history that was studied in school when you were younger that picking up a kids book on history helps you better understand what you are learning about.

This written very simply and broken up in lite paragraphs. It gives an overview of what happened during the American Revolution for the Patriots and Loyalists. It also speaks a little about certain people who became better known because of American Revolution from both sides. Although that is not that much known about Loyalists according to the book but just enough to be interesting information in this.

It was interesting to learn both sides of the coin and how different times and people where and how they changed during and after. Overall I give it a thumbs up.
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By Puzzlemaker on March 22, 2014
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If you are wanting to investigate the lives of the revolutionists, this is very helpful for students in third and fourth grade.
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By Nette on March 5, 2014
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My 5th graders loved this book as a read aloud. It inspired them to read other books about the American Revolution.
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