Food in Colonial America (Welcome Books' Colonial America Series)

Food in Colonial America (Welcome Books' Colonial America Series)

by Mark Thomas

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Children's Literature
This title in the "Colonial America" series presents simple text along with full-color photographs to describe how colonists ate and cooked their food. While it may be appropriate for slower readers, the reading level is quite a bit below the age at which life in colonial America is studied. Beginning with the statement that most people grew their own food, the text that follows seems disjointed and often appears to be an afterthought. While the photographs may hold the attention of readers, they may also be used as a discussion starter about items seen in each picture, what else is happening, and who is doing what, along with "Why are these people wearing strange clothes?" Another conversation can include how food and food preparation differ in today's society. Perhaps more could be learned from such discussion than from the text itself. The pronunciation guide of new words on p. 22 is baffling. It seems to be written for students with English as their second language, and not the phonetic manner of most glossaries. While it is a delightful little book, it misses the mark for its most practical audience of third or fourth graders. One of Children's Press' "Welcome Books." 2002, Children's Press/Scholastic,
— Elizabeth Young

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Scholastic Library Publishing
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Welcome Books' Colonial America Series
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Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.30(d)
360L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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