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Review: Mr. Revere and I: Being an Account of certain Episodes in the Career of Paul Revere,Esq. as Revealed by his Horse

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Mr. Revere and I: Being an Account of certain Episodes in the Career of Paul Revere,Esq. as Revealed by his Horse
Mr. Revere and I: Being an Account of certain Episodes in the Career of Paul Revere,Esq. as Revealed by his Horse by Robert Lawson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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BOOK REVIEW: Who’s That Stepping on Plymouth Rock

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This is a really cute, quick read about the infamous Plymouth Rock. It talks about the real story of that rock in a fun way. From 1620 to current times, the story of Plymouth Rock was really interesting for even me! I read this aloud to my kids in probably under 30min, and they weren’t interested in it when I started. But they were enjoying it as I got into it! 🙂 Then afterwards, I Googled and we looked at actual photos of the rock and the structure that was created to put around it. Some day we’ll visit that area of the country and make sure that Plymouth Rock is on our list of places to check out. It doesn’t seem to be a big deal in and of itself, but added to a tour of that area, I think it would be fun to see. Even if it really wasn’t stepped on by the pilgrims (No one really knows! As the book will tell you!)

If you’re learning about the pilgrims of Plymouth, this is good read to add to the mix. Check it out from your local library (if they have it) and share with your kids! Cute story!

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BOOK REVIEW: The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy & Snowcap

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I found this on the library bookshelf and was intrigued…Just finished it today…was reading to see if my 9.5yr old would like it and if it was appropriate. I am handing it to her with a big thumbs up!

This is the story of 2 very hard headed and mostly unlikable (by their peers) girls from 2 very different cultures. Snowcap is the orphaned daughter of shipwrecked convicts from England in the late 1700s. Lucy is a native of the island on which they shipwrecked. The typical British invasion of native lands occurs and they take over, establishing a colony.

At the time this story begins, both girls are 12yrs old and haven’t met yet. The “Anglish” (English) live on the main island and The Colay (natives) have been banned from the mainland and are forced to only live on the smaller islands and have no contact with the white men anymore. Lucy’s mom has just had a baby boy and Lucy is told to take and leave the baby to die in the “Lifestone Garden.” All the Colay boys and men have turned to stone and the same fate is expected for Lucy’s newborn baby brother…but Lucy decides that this fate is unacceptable and embarks on a mission to save him.

The girls stumble upon each other as Lucy heads to the mainland to find “The Philosophers” who she’s told may be able to help her brother and Snowcap is fleeing her parents’ murderers who plan a similar fate for her. They must learn to trust each other (something foreign to both of them) and work together to save the baby and change all of their lives.

I really liked this book and I highly recommend it!!

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BOOK REVIEW: Amelia’s War

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I just finished this book yesterday…was reading it to see if it would be appropriate for my 9.5yr old daughter and I had a hard time putting it down! I cannot express enough how wonderful this book is! I did decide my daughter isn’t ready to read it yet, as she has no knowledge currently on the Civil War (we’re still studying ancient and medieval times and haven’t yet gotten to American history beyond the native cultures), and I really think she’ll get more out of this book if she has at least a basic knowledge of that war and the times surrounding it.

For me, as a product of the public school system, it was like learning the Civil War for the first time. I did have a tiny bit of knowledge on the war and what it was at least about and the time period…but very limited. I found that reading this book helped me to better understand what that war was for the people who lived it. In particular, I stumbled over the terminology of the different sides: Union vs Confederate, Yankees vs Rebels, Southerners vs Northerners…And this book helped me to clear up my confusion and finally make clear in my mind who was what side and what they stood for…and especially to finally understand what they mean when you always hear about how this war divided up not only the whole country but neighbors and even individual families!

The book takes place through the eyes of 13yr old Amelia, who happens to live in one of the towns that suffered much from both sides of the war regularly coming through their town and even actual fighting happening on their streets! You see firsthand what it means to be from an area where people you grew up with were on opposite sides of this war.

At the end of the book, the author writes how much of the book was based on real events and what parts she embellished. It makes it very clear and really impressed me how much was true to history.

If you want your child to get a very good first-hand-account view of the Civil War, this is the book! Be warned that there are violent images in the book…most likely less than what really happened there, but they are in there. So keep that in mind when choosing whether or not this book is appropriate for your child. I do recommend reading it first to determine this for sure.

For an interesting account of the flags used in this war (something that I researched myself as I finally realized, after reading this book, that using a Confederate flag for decor could have a negative connotation…something I never understood before.)…check out this site that details the flags and how they evolved through the war.

“Amelia’s War” has made me want to dive deeper into learning about the Civil War, and I suspect it will do the same for anyone reading it!

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