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Johnny Tremain (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Yearling Newbery) School & Library Binding – April 1, 1987
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This story of a tragically injured young silversmith who ends up hip-deep in the American Revolution is inspiring, exciting, and sad. Winner of the prestigious Newbery Award in 1944, Esther Forbes's story has lasted these 50-plus years by including adventure, loss, courage, and history in a wonderfully written, very dramatic package. It's probably not great for little guys but mature 11-year-olds or older will find it a great adventure. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Great reading for school children who have yet to understand the importance of small actions taken by the men (and boys) of Boston, Lexington, Concord and other English-Run towns in 1774. The world would be forever changed by the willingness of a few good men to stand and fight against a distant nation, and Forbes weaves the tale seamlessly with historical events that eventually turned into Americas war for independence. Lovely read, enjoy.
This books brings Colonial Boston alive -- and being from Boston, myself, that means something to me. This book painted Boston in a way my children could appreciate even though they didn't grow up there. It brought alive the apprentice system and how young children were when they left home. It brought alive the division that existed in the colonies between those loyal to the crown and those who wanted to be an independent and free people. It brought alive the fact that people of all backgrounds had parts to play in the Revolution -- from children to washerwomen to silversmiths, from rich to poor, the whole to the maimed... It brought alive that even with a mangled hand a boy could still find his place in the world and do something of value. It brought alive the fact that the Revolution involved sacrifice -- sometimes of the people one loved the most.
Also of value was the preface to this edition and the "reasons this book should never have been able to make it to print." I didn't learn anything about Esther Hoskins Forbes in school (my edition then had no additional information other than a short blurb about the author) and I made sure to read the whole introduction to the book and share the highlights with my son. We also supplemented this book with the Colonial Williamsburg DVD on Colonial Silversmithing as well as some other works of fiction about the time period -- and Jim Weiss' (Greathall Productions) CD on Thomas Jefferson.
Experience the time period where such things happen such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, and Paul Revere's ride, along with the the infamous day in April, when the war began.
I have read many books aloud to my boys but I think this has been their favorite. It is well written, extremely informative, exciting and inspiring. We live in Massachusetts so the places mentioned in Johnny Tremain are local to us and reading about them and then visiting makes history come alive for my children. They beg me to read "one more chapter, pleeeease". Love it!
I thoroughly recommend this book to homeschooling families. It's a classic.