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Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak Hardcover – May 15, 2008
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The stunning watercolor-and-ink illustrations, the themed typeset and layout, and the map of Colonial Boston inside the book's covers reinforce the book's historical theme. A concerted effort to add vocabulary from the Colonial era and detailed occupational descriptions in the historical notes further contribute to the book's high marks on substantive content. Although Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak mostly covers the economics concept of jobs, its focus on the Boston Tea Party also make it a useful vehicle for teaching about monopolies and taxes. Most readers will finish the book more informed about this pivotal event in Colonial history, and relieved that we do not need to visit the shoemaker and barber for our healthcare needs.
I'm working on a summer 2012 homeschool unit for my gang of boys on colonial/pre-revolutionary days in New England, then visiting Boston and surroundings on our summer trip.
So I've read a lot of the children's books that are available on this time period, and will be reading still more. This book is great in the illustration department -- the illustrations are well-researched and historical. Very nice. The written portion of this book is a yawner -- the text is so superficial (and in free verse!) that it's not instructive or memorable.
Instead of this, I recommend:
Betsy Maestro's "Liberty or Death"
Dennis Fradin's "Let it Begin Here"
Rosalyn Schanzer's "George vs. George"
Pamela Duncan Edwards' "Boston Tea Party"
Good historical notes section in this book, a map, and a surprisingly good glossary. And very fine illustrations.
This book is a perfect example of Kay Winters' ability to write gripping stories for children without talking down to them. She gives her young readers a chance to take a trip through colonial Boston in an exciting --and dangerous -- time so often rushed through in normal history classes.
Larry Day's illustrations beautifully capture the mood and color of the period, and show a huge amount of research in his use of clothing, household details, and tools of the time.
I bought it for my granddaughter who is nine, and will be studying the American Revolition next year in 4th grade.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the maps and the illustrations. I appreciate a book where it's obvious the author/illustrator tried to stay in keeping with the story without taking too much poetic license.Published on January 10, 2013 by SomeBooksAreGood