Monday, August 18, 2008

Colonial Voices Hear Them Speak by Kay Winters and illustrated by Larry Day

Reviewed by Miss Dewey at Orenda

Five paw prints. This is one of Miss Dewey's favorite books. First, it describes the happenings in Boston just before the American Revolution, from the viewpoint of a young messenger. Second, we find out what kinds of jobs helped Bostonians make a living in those times. Third, and most important, the author explains to us that there were honorable people supporting the sides of both the Patriots and the British. Miss Dewey thinks Colonial Voices is especially helpful because it talks about personal feelings that history books leave out. Third and fourth graders, you'll enjoy this story of early America, and by the time you finish the book you'll feel that you, too, like our young messenger, Ethan, have spent a day amid the excitement and turmoil of revolutionary Boston. This book gets a big, "Paws Up!" from Miss Dewey.
If you want to learn more about how colonists were affected by the American Revolution, there is a book list for you at: www.royalprovincial.com/etc/read/children.htm
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1 comment:

Kay Winters said...

I am so glad you like my new book!
I love the chance to bring history to life. Many schools are using Colonial Voices as Readers Theater.
Students really enjoy being the different characters in the book- with varying political views.On July 4th I was signing Colonial Voices at Old South Meeting House in Boston where the original meeting that decided the tea party took place! They re-enact the meeting there on that day, and it was so exciting to be part of it.