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An inviting way to teach your children about our founding colonies in a positive and true way.
on October 13, 2012
Callista Gingrich and Susan Arciero have provided us with a fun and informative book for young children to teach them about our founding and the original thirteen colonies. I love its positive tone and cheerful atmosphere. Even so, the book is honest about difficult subjects like slavery and condemns the practice when discussing South Carolina, for example.
The language of the story is simple but not pandering. It is told in a rhyming style that will help children comprehend, enjoy, and remember the information they hear and read. My nine year old grand daughter picked the book up and enjoyed reading it and smiled and laughed as she went through the story. She likes Ellis the Elephant who stands in as the child in learning and travelling through the events and facts of the story.
Illustrations matter a great deal in books for children because they invite the child into the story and supplement the words with images that tie the words into their memory. This book has terrific illustrations. Yes, I noticed that EVERYONE and EVERY CREATURE in the book is smiling. (Do cows really smile?) But children's stories are not about verisimilitude. They are about learning and thinking and happiness and joy is much more inviting that pain and misery. For me, the images are an opportunity to sit with the child and talk about what they can see and learn from the pictures. And in this book they provide a great deal of material for conversation and learning that will supplement and highlight the text.
After the story, there is a resource section that provides the date each colony was founded, a paragraph about the colony, and some places you can visit in person or online to explore and learn more about each colony.
This book can be a great resource and opportunity for you to connect with your children or grandchildren and see that they are taught true and positive history about our nation. They will need this as they grow and learn and have to rely on a solid foundation as they are bombarded with negative images and criticism of our nation and its founding and history. This fine book can be a good place to put a positive image and understanding in their minds and hearts early in life.
Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Saline, MI