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The American Revolution for Kids: A History with 21 Activities

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Heroes, traitors, and great thinkers come to life in this activity book, and the concepts of freedom and democracy are celebrated in true accounts of the distinguished officers, wise delegates, rugged riflemen, and hardworking farm wives and children who created the new nation. This collection tells the story of the Revolution, from the hated Stamp Act and the Boston Tea Party to the British surrender at Yorktown and the creation of the United States Constitution. All American students are required to study the ...
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Heroes, traitors, and great thinkers come to life in this activity book, and the concepts of freedom and democracy are celebrated in true accounts of the distinguished officers, wise delegates, rugged riflemen, and hardworking farm wives and children who created the new nation. This collection tells the story of the Revolution, from the hated Stamp Act and the Boston Tea Party to the British surrender at Yorktown and the creation of the United States Constitution. All American students are required to study the Revolution and the Constitution, and these 21 activities make it fun and memorable. Kids create a fringed hunting shirt and a tricorn hat and reenact the Battle of Cowpens. They will learn how to make their voices heard in “I Protest” and how Congress works in “There Ought to Be a Law.” A final selection including the Declaration of Independence, a glossary, biographies, and pertinent Web sites makes this book a valuable resource for both students and teachers.

Discusses the events of the American Revolution, from the hated Stamp Act and the Boston Tea Party to the British surrender at Yorktown and the writing of the Constitution. Activities include making a tricorn hat and discovering local history.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Fun reading for adults and kids.”  —Geri Nikolai, Rockford Register Star

“The dramatic events that lay behind the Founding Fathers' struggle for liberty are vividly recounted in Herbert's lively survey.”  —Smithsonian

“A valuable historical reference.”  —Today's Parent

“Another must-have from Chicago Review Press.”  —Lee Littlewood, Copley News Service

“Make[s] a great study unit when combined with the children's literature of Jean Fritz or the American Girl Felicity books.”  —The Home School Mom

“The strength of this book lies in the wealth of information it provides and unflinching historical accuracy.”  —Children's Literature

“An excellent introduction to the American Revolution.”  —John's Military History

Smithsonian
The dramatic events that lay behind the Founding Fathers' struggle for liberty are vividly recounted in Herbert's lively survey.
Pennsylvania School Library Assoc
Succeeds in immersing the reader in colonial America.
Today's Parent Staff
A valuable historical reference.
Nikolai
Fun reading for adults and kids.
Rockford Register Star
Children's Literature
Though the subtitle of this book is "A History with 21 Activities," the strength of this book lies in the wealth of information it provides and unflinching historical accuracy. Many of the activities are worthwhile and valuable for students studying this time period. A few activities, however, seem a bit forced, and occasionally draw attention away from the history rather than enriching it. Sidebars provide insight into the characters that played role in the American Revolution—from John Hancock and George Washington to Francis "The Swamp Fox" Marion and the many "Molly Pitchers," all are thoroughly introduced to the reader. Like any exhaustive history, it's best read in small doses, but unlike other exhaustive histories, it can be enjoyed by young adults. From the passing of the Stamp Act in 1765 to the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791, children will see the Revolutionary War through the eyes of the men and women, freemen and slaves that fought for America's independence. At the end of the book there is a glossary, short biographies of the major players, the full text of the Declaration of Independence, web sites to explore, and Revolutionary War sites to visit. 2002, Chicago Review Press,
— Carey Ahr
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Joining the ranks of those books recently published that combine history with crafts and hands-on activities, Herbert's book is one of the best of its kind. Reading it and doing some of the activities, or even just reading the activity directions, brings the character of this period into focus. Achieving a good balance between textual material, illustration, and projects, the book immerses children in the milieu of these years. The text discusses in detail the causes of the Revolution, the personalities involved, the formation of the new national government, and life in 18th-century America. The activities cover every aspect of revolutionary life, from making clothing, brewing root beer, and coding messages to battle reenactment, games, and dancing the minuet. The directions are detailed enough and adequately illustrated with pencil drawings to make them exciting and easy to follow. Short biographical sketches and portraits bring to life the notable people of the period, both male and female, European and American, and black and white. Numerous sidebars, such as the one analyzing the song "Yankee Doodle," add to the interesting details. Full-page art, as well as smaller illustrations, depict the battle scenes, people, and clothing of the day. The appendix includes the full text of the Declaration of Independence, four pages of thumbnail biographies, Revolutionary War sites to visit, and major Web sites. Whether they are studying the Revolution and need a project idea or are personally curious about this country's origins, children will be fascinated by the scope and detail of this book.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556524561
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: For Kids Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 210,116
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Janis Herbert is the author of The Civil War for Kids, Leonardo da Vinci for Kids, Lewis and Clark for Kids, and Marco Polo for Kids.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Time Line x
Note to Readers xii
Preface: "War's Begun" xiii
1 Sons and Daughters of Liberty 1
Brew a Batch of Root Beer
I Protest!
Liberty Tea Punch
2 Who Were the Colonists? 15
A Sampler
Boston Brown Bread and Churned Butter
Three Colonial Children's Games
Papyrotamia
Assemble an Almanac
3 "We Must All Hang Together" 31
Get Ready in a Minute
Dance a Minuet
Make a Tricorn Hat
4 An Eventful Year 55
Be a Betsy Ross
Rebus!
5 "Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier" 69
Make a Fringed Hunting Shirt
Create a Powder Horn
Sew a Pouch
6 "The World Turned Upside Down" 85
Benedict Arnold's Secret Code
Reenact the Battle of Cowpens
7 A Good Peace, a New Nation 101
There Ought to Be a Law!
Everyday Heroes
Be a History Buff
Glossary 119
A Guide to Officers 121
Biographies 123
Declaration of Independence 127
Web Sites to Explore 131
Revolutionary War Sites to Visit 133
Bibliography 135
Index 137
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