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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: You Wouldn't Want To...
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Children's Press(CT) (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780531163986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531163986
  • ASIN: 0531163989
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.3 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By gobby on April 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
Got Reluctant Readers? Or 4-8 year-olds? _You Wouldn't Want to be an American Colonist : A Settlement You'd Rather Not Start_ should get the Younger Generation Hooked-on-History as it recounts the history of the first English colony, Jamestown, in North America.

Why should the Spanish have all the gold and silver in the New World (the Americas)? The Virgin Queen, Elizabeth, wanted to get in on the good times, too. She appointed Walter Raleigh (soon to be "Sir") to look into it for her.

Wally was no fool, so he sent his half-brother off to the New World to
find the perfect paradise, preferably loaded with the aforementioned goodies. David Antram's snapshot-sized, comically irreverant illustration shows what happened to Wally's good ole brother, but others must have made it through in better shape.

The establishment of that colony (ever wonder why it's called "Jamestown" and not "Elizabethtown"?), and the messes they got themselves into until they finally got it right (it took three tries over twenty-two years), are recounted in somewhat tongue-in-cheek detail by Jacqueline Morley. Even the chapter titles give you a hint of the humor that's coming:

* Introduction
* Virginia - A Bit of History
* The Lost Colony
* Third Time Is a Charm?
* Settling In
* The Algonquins - Friends or Foes?
* Exploring the Territory
* Supply Ships - A Blessing or a Curse?
* Famine and Starvation
* The Colony Grows
* Success!
* Glossary (2 pages)
* Index (1 page)

This book is only one in the "You Wouldn't Want To..." historical series created by David Salariya, a freelance illustrator and designer. He founded The Salariya Book Company in 1989, in England, to "...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Colonist: A Settlement You'd Rather Not Start (You Wouldn't Want to...)
I'm a university professor of colonial American history. If more kids had books like this, my colleagues and I would not be saddled with the job of jumpstarting enthusiasm for our subject among our college students... My son is a huge fan of the entire series (which I'm buying for him as fast as is reasonable), and also of Terry Deary's Horrible Histories. They appeal to an eight-year-old's (and a forty-three-year-old's) sense of humor, and they make the reader THINK. Children are far brighter (and more thoughtful) than they are generally given credit for: Until the education system is forced to recognize this, books like this one will help parents and teachers everywhere supplement the dry-as-dust curriculum. See my Amazon list for more ideas.
Dr. Annette Laing
Historian & author of
Don't Know Where, Don't Know When (The Snipesville Chronicles, Book 1)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is part of the You Wouldn't Want to Be series, published by Scholastic, Inc. Like all of the books in the series, this one has lots of brightly colored illustration and gobs of great, off-beat humor. The book tells the story of the early colonial experience in all its glory - complete with mosquitoes, starvation and angry natives.

Yeah, this is a fun book, one that tells the true story of the early American colonists, but in a fun and funny manner that makes the book a real joy to read. So, if you have an older child or young adult who wants to read a definitely not-dry book on early American history, then steer him or her to You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Colonist...they'll thank you later!
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