School Library JournalGr 4-6-These books frequently quote from primary sources and are illustrated with reproductions of mostly period prints and paintings (and photographs in New Century). Since one of the stated purposes of the titles is to introduce students to primary sources, it is unfortunate that not all of the illustrations, period or otherwise, are dated. Both books conclude with suggested activities. Josephson gives an informative account of life in city tenements and child labor as well as other topics. However, a few editorial lapses occur: readers are incorrectly told that the Wright brothers' first flight was in 1900 and a Beatrix Potter title character is identified as Mrs. "Tiggle"-Winkle (try "Tiggy"). In New World, family life, religion, education, work, and recreation are among the topics briefly introduced. (John Harvard is identified as the founder of Harvard University, which he was not. Rather, he was the first major benefactor of the fledgling institution.) Tracy Barrett's Growing up in Colonial America (Millbrook, 1995) and Lisa Wroble's Kids in Colonial Times (PowerKids, 1997) offer similar information.-Elaine Fort Weischedel, formerly at Franklin Public Library, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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