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A First Book in American History: With Special Reference to the Lives and Deeds of Great Americans Hardcover – February 1, 1997
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This book is particularly teacher-friendly and well-suited for home schoolers -- Education Reporter, "Children Will Love Discovering 'Lost Classics,'" May 1997
From the Publisher
Edward Eggleston had a simple rule when writing history texts for children: make history interesting. A child is fascinated above all by people, Eggleston reasoned. So in his history texts Eggleston draws a picture of the development of the United States using the stories of the living and breathing Americans who made it all happen. Men and women like Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Pocahontas, Henry Hudson, Myles Standish, Samuel Morse, Benjamin Franklin, Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln.
Especially valuable for home schoolers! All the features you expect in a teacher-friendly textbook: study questions after each chapter, definitions of pertinent words, maps and illustrations, and an index for easy cross reference.
Recommended for Ages 9-12.
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Not until this books was handed him did I see him unable to put a book down. This challenged him, captured him and he was so excited he couldn't wait to pick it up again. After this book came Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and Davy Crockett. All of which he gobbled up.
He is now 16 and hundreds of books later he is an avid reader. But this is where it all started for him. I might add he is also a young man of great character... honest, hard working, respectful with a very strong sense of right and wrong. He is also compassionate and kind. He isn't perfect of course. WE strongly believe that it is often about what we put into our children that we and the world around us gets to reap later. Long and short...garbage in, garbage out. Well this book offers no garbage or frivolity (although there is a place for frivolity in our lives for sure :). This book offers great men held up as an example to our boys. Great deeds, heroes and adventures to capture their young minds and help them become the men that we all hope they will be.
Is this books responsible for our sons great attitude and the joy that he has become, certainly not in whole. But maybe it is a small part of who he is now. A little piece to the puzzle of his life. A little piece which we are SO happy to now be sharing with our now 6 and 4 year old sons. Encouraging in them, the love of reading and beginning to build some great character as well.
What I didn't like; the white washing. There are two sides to every storyand iI feel this book put an extremely negative light on the American Indians. It repeatedly presented them as blood thirsty savages and used that language. I am keeping in mind the time when tbis book was written. But I would not read this book without having an open and honest conversation with your child about the wrong character of the "white men".
Would I suggest this book? Yes, but not as a stand alone spine, or as an independent reader. There is too much that needs to be discussed.