A Time to Dance: Virginia's Civil War Diary (My America Series #3)

A Time to Dance: Virginia's Civil War Diary (My America Series #3)

by Mary Pope Osborne, Will Osborne
     
 

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In her third and final diary, by Mary Pope Osborne, Ginny continues to face rapidly changing times in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Virginia Dickens continues to chronicle the aftermath of the Civil War, as she and her family move their lives from Washington, D.C. to New York City. Throughout the times of difficulty and joy, Ginny is always courageous and sweet

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In her third and final diary, by Mary Pope Osborne, Ginny continues to face rapidly changing times in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Virginia Dickens continues to chronicle the aftermath of the Civil War, as she and her family move their lives from Washington, D.C. to New York City. Throughout the times of difficulty and joy, Ginny is always courageous and sweet.

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Children's Literature
Fans of the two previous books in the "My America" series will be pleased to read more of Virginia Dickens's Civil War diary and learn the further fate of the Dickens family. It is July, 1865; the war is over, and eleven-year-old Virginia with her father, brother Jed, and his wife and baby have arrived in the heat of a New York summer to seek their fortunes in the teeming city. Although Jed is already a writer for a city newspaper and Pa hopes for employment in an orchestra, Virginia feels compelled to accept a job as dresser to an actress-manager at the Olympic Theater. Diary entries are short but convey a good deal of information about the times, as Virginia witnesses the first post-war Independence Day parade, observes events in the city, and is introduced to life in the theater. Most exciting is the triumphant return of actor Edwin Booth to the stage as Hamlet after the disgrace of his brother's assassination of President Lincoln. Woven throughout are the personal crises and accomplishments of the family members and Virginia's gradual realization of her true ambitions for the future. A Historical Note adds a bit of background about Reconstruction, New York, and Edwin Booth. Virginia emerges from the entries as an engaging and forthright young lady who looks forward with optimism to her post-war life. Both the diary-sized format and Virginia's increasing pleasure in her writing offer an attractive model for similar efforts by young readers of her journal. 2003, Scholastic, Ages 9 to 12.
— Barbara L. Talcroft
Library Journal - Library Journal
Gr 3-6-In this third installment of Virginia's diary, the war has just ended and the Dickens family moves to New York City. Pa is a musician, but has difficulty finding jobs until he takes in music students. Virginia helps out with her baby nephew, but later gets a job as a dresser for the actresses at a theater. This opens up the world of plays and words to the 11-year-old and helps support her family's modest income. This diary provides a glimpse into the post-Civil War period, as seen through one family's experience. Virginia seems a little bit too mature for her age, exhibiting a sophisticated grasp of political events and even of the plays of William Shakespeare. However, readers who have followed her through the first two books will enjoy the continuation of her story. A first-rate historical note, which includes black-and-white illustrations, puts the time period into context.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780439443432
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Series:
My America Series, #3
Pages:
107
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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