Colonial Home

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Children's Literature
Photographs taken in Virginia's historical parks of Williamsburg and Jamestown plus pleasant watercolor illustrations depict the ways colonists developed their homes and lifestyles in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The book is organized to help readers see the refinements colonists added as their lots improved and by reading the pictures, readers can tell a lot about construction, layout of villages, who did what work and lifestyle of these moderately wealthy white families. A small section is devoted to plantation life and a double-page spread about decorating the home merely hints at d├ęcor (Chinese wallpaper, silhouettes, folk art) and seems added to complete the requisite number of pages. Some highlighted vocabulary is repeated in the glossary (dependency, gambrel roof) while others words that may be unfamiliar to readers inexplicably are not (the necessary, spiders, wattle-and-daub, canopy). However, the highlighted words offer a good review of the unique terms from the period and alert children to important concepts. The discussion of roof types and the numerous outbuildings or dependencies is especially well done. This entry in the "Historic Communities" series would serve as a good supplementary research tool for middle elementary grade readers. 2001, Crabtree, $20.60 and $7.95. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865054691
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Historic Communities Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 682,612
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.36 (w) x 10.73 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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