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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Series: If You…
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590929224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590929226
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 8.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So glad to have our own copy now!
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I would definitely recommend this book to those with children of elementary school age.
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They give detailed information that is simple and easy to understand.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By N. Porter on March 8, 2011
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I really love this series of books, and this one is no exception. They make it very interesting for the child (and parent!) to read and give lots of good info. Many times I will learn something new myself! For those teaching in a "classical" approach, I highly recommend these books.

But I would suggest reading them first to make sure there are no things contrary to what you want to get across to the student; or discussing the book with your child (even better!). In this book, I came across a few things that may or may not be an issue for you.

First, they made it out as if women had JOBS back then... as if they were the same as the men's jobs. I don't think that is quite an accurate representation of how it was... yes, the women did chores, helped with animals, farming, etc... but essentially they were almost always housewives. I wish they had touched on that a bit better instead of fudging the lines there.

Second, they talked about children not sassing their parents and doing what they were asked as if it was PAST tense. Maybe my kids are odd in that regard (maybe because they are still young! LOL), but mine don't really talk back to me, so I didn't appreciate them making it out as if that was odd or something. And of course children still do what parents ask of them. They may fight it, but a grounded kid is a grounded kid, right? :) The general expectation in even today's society is that kids generally are to do what they parents ask, so it was odd the way they portrayed it.

Third, they very much did the same thing with spanking for misbehaving. Now, I understand that this is a very controversial subject, but the book said that "back then, parents still believed that it was okay to spank or paddle". Okay, fair enough... true.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HeatherHH on December 3, 2010
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In preparation for an upcoming trip to Colonial Williamsburg, I read this book with my three oldest children, ages 9, 7, and 5. This book answers a lot of questions about what life was like then, including housing, pets, clothing, daily routines, etc. The text was accompanied by colorful and helpful illustrations. The book ends with a short bit about the upcoming Revolutionary War, as well as a 1-page explanation of the establishment of Colonial Williamsburg.

While some of the text did go slightly over my 5-year-old's head, I felt no need to edit the content on her behalf. The text does mention slaves, and that they could be beaten or separated from their families. But, my daughter is able to understand this happened some time ago, and there were no graphic details that would be inappropriate for those of a younger age.

I would definitely recommend this book to those with children of elementary school age. I have also been impressed with several other books in this series.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 17, 2002
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This book tells what it would be like if you lived in Colonial Williamsburg. Some pages even have little rhymes that go with the topics. This poem is about what women and girls wore:
"Little Polly Flinders
Sat among the cinders
Warming her pretty little toes.
Her mother came and caught her
And whipped her little daughter,
For spoiling her nice new clothes."
I recommend that you read it because it's a really interesting book and it tells about really interesting topics. I really enjoyed it.
Sarah in Nebraska
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon purchaser on December 30, 2012
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If you teach American History, this series of books are fabulous. They give detailed information that is simple and easy to understand. Perfect for kids who are researching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Weigelt on June 11, 2011
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My 8yr old daughter has begged for this book after seeing it in her classroom at school. Even though we have visited Williamsburg extensively on many occasions, she is still eager to pick up this book. So glad to have our own copy now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Allen on June 13, 2010
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This is a great book for teaching about early American history on an elementary level. The book is written in an interesting question and answer format. I frequently read it to my students out of order, asking them to pick a question and then I read them the answer. I teach fifth grade (10-11 year-olds) and the age range is listed as 4-8.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hello Kitty Ellen on July 11, 2004
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One of my favorite books growing up was a companion book in this series, called If You Lived in Colonial Times. The illustrations in all of these books is the best! Detailed drawings show what clothes the adults and kids would be wearing. Each page answers a different question like, "What happened when a child misbehaves?" Kids can learn a lot from these books. I plan to collect all of them for my children.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 18, 2007
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Presented in a lively question and answer fashion, this volume satisfies curiosities that both children and adults frequently have about life in the colonial capital of Virginia.

Family, work, food, government, fashion, and more are all presented in an easily understandable and fascinating manner. Well done!
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