A Revolutionary Field Trip: Poems of Colonial America

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The class is embarking on the field trip of a lifetime, as they head to colonial America. This spirited collection of poetry brings our country's birth to life. With drummers drumming, Native Americans powwowing, and the signers of the Declaration inscribing independence forevermore, the class leaves no cobblestone unturned. And now you can discover for yourself how things really were.

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Overview

The class is embarking on the field trip of a lifetime, as they head to colonial America. This spirited collection of poetry brings our country's birth to life. With drummers drumming, Native Americans powwowing, and the signers of the Declaration inscribing independence forevermore, the class leaves no cobblestone unturned. And now you can discover for yourself how things really were.

Nineteen poems reveal life in colonial America as seen through the eyes of a teacher and her class when they go on field trips to historic sites from the Revolutionary War era.

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Children's Literature
Mrs. Brown, the wonderful teacher who takes her class on field trips, is back. This time they are going to a colonial village. They learn how to make candles, what toys children played with, and how to spin thread from wool. They attempt to sign their names with quill pens and line up and march like soldiers. They visit with several Native Americans and learn about the corn planting ceremony, Dream Catchers, and how to make rope from a stick. Katz's poems have a strong rhythm as well as being informational with touches of humor. Mrs. Brown's students have unique personalities. Alley's illustrations are well-placed on the page. Primary grade children will enjoy the humorous touches while they learn about life in the colonies. The endpapers are maps of the 13 original colonies and the Eastern Native Tribes and Nations of North America. This is a fun way to introduce children to American history. 2004, Simon & Schuster, Ages 5 to 8.
—Sharon Salluzzo
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Gr 1-4-Mrs. Brown imparts her enthusiasm for American history by taking her class on a series of field trips to historic sites. Twenty illustrated poems bring those experiences to life, including churning butter, quill writing, and smithing. However, the representation of Native peoples from across the continent ("Native nations/dancing in peace,/from Tuscarora to Navajo") and not just the Colonial region is slightly confusing. Alley's animated watercolor illustrations portray exuberant, engaged students experiencing history-marching with soldiers, cooking on a wood stove, dancing in a powwow, planting corn, and shearing sheep. Youngsters will delight in the visual story lines and laugh at the children's antics. The well-designed book includes an extensive glossary of Colonial terms and maps of both the British Colonies and "Native Tribes and Nations." The impact and value of such experiential education are underscored in "Grace Dips a Candle": "-I hold my candle carefully,/pretending the wick is homespun hemp,/and the wax is bear's grease./And one small flame is the only light/I'll have tonight in the woods' long dark." Young readers will absorb much of the characters' excitement about history from this worthwhile offering.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Linked by Alley's amiably humorous scenes of a small class, led by a Ms. Frizzle-like teacher, trooping through a reconstructed colonial village and sampling hands-on activities, Katz's poems-some rhymed, some in free verse-open windows on daily life in those olden days. The young visitors reflectively comment on such diverse experiences as dipping candles and walking on cobblestones, playing familiar games ("Rolling hoops and flying kites, / Ice skating, bird-nesting, snowball fights"), sampling unfamiliar dishes ("Hush puppies, brown betty, flummery, crowdy, / Pocket soup, syllabub, apple pandowdy-"), mingling with the dancers at a powwow demonstration, and participating in a traditional Native corn-planting ritual. Sandwiched between maps of the Eastern seaboard that show both indigenous populations and early European settlements, pleasingly varied in tempo and tone, these 20 poems form a hard-to-resist invitation to "taste a spoonful of gooseberry fool, / Hundreds of years away from school." (glossary) (Poetry. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689840043
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 0.42 (h) x 11.30 (d)

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