Children's LiteratureBrilliant historical photos and illustrations from historic archives and museums enhance the text of this familiar life-changing event. As part of the "Let Freedom Ring" series, this book follows the one about the Boston Massacre. It covers the period from the mid 1770s to the surrender of the British at Yorktown in 1781 and the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783 that gave America its independence. The first two chapters establish the setting leading up to the Boston Tea Party. Following that, the actual detailed description of the tea dumping in Boston Harbor is covered. Readers of this high interest, easy-to-read non-fiction book will readily understand how Americans were led to fight the Revolutionary War. Readers are offered a good point of reference with comparative information about money and populations from the past and present. Sidebars, a timeline, map, glossary and added sources increase the appeal of the book. All books in this series explore and support the requirements of the National Standards for History in schools. 2002, Bridgestone Books/Capstone Press, $22.60. Ages 10 to 18. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-6-These two slim volumes present focused coverage of well-known incidents from American history. Both feature large print, wide margins, and colorful reproductions of period engravings, paintings, and documents, supplemented with photographs of objects or locations. Each book contains a brief but accurate description of the event being covered and sets it into a simplified context of the times. The books will be useful for report writers and should appeal to browsers interested in history. R. Conrad Stein's The Boston Tea Party (Children's, 1996) is a comparable title, and there are several other recent books on the subject for slightly younger children. Fewer titles are available on the Boston Massacre; Allison Stark Draper's The Boston Massacre (Rosen, 2000) is less informative than Ready's book and is poorly illustrated. Useful additions to materials on the American Revolution.- Elaine Fort Weischedel, Franklin Public Library, MA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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