Children's LiteratureThis photo information book is a beginning-to-read book in the publishers' "Welcome Books" series on Colonial America. It has one or two simple sentences per page with an accompanying photo of children dressed in period costumes. The games identified are rolling the hoop, nine pins, and a board game called Morris. Unfortunately, the Morris board is shown but the game is not explained. Other text and photos deal with dolls and wood toys. Simplicity is the approach. The book will be an addition to the study of Colonial America but this topic is usually taught in grade levels beyond the reading level of the book. Vocabulary words, other resources including one Website and a simple index make up the backmatter. 2002, Children's Press,
School Library JournalGr 1-2-Straightforward but lifeless presentations for beginning readers. These small-format overviews of different aspects of Colonial life present full-page, average-quality photographs opposite large-print, simple texts. One to three sentences offer a statement and/or explanation, such as "Some people were cobblers. Cobblers made shoes from leather." Finally, each book summarizes the preceding pages with a one-line statement opposite a photo collage of some of the previous pictures of modern-day enactment scenes. Each title concludes with a glossary listing no more than nine words, a guide to books and Web sites, and a short index. While children may learn some facts about the period, there are many better titles that will inspire and encourage reading.-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard's School, Riverdale, MD Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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