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Hannah's Helping Hands
     

Hannah's Helping Hands

by Jean Van Leeuwen, Donna Diamond (Illustrator)
 

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The second story in the "Hannah" trilogy of the Pioneer Daughters series by best-selling author Jean Van Leeuwen

Eleven-year-old Hannah Perley and her family are trying to maintain a sense of normalcy as the Revolutionary War rages around them. But when British troops get too close to Fairfield, Connecticut, Hannah's father and other men from town leave to try to

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The second story in the "Hannah" trilogy of the Pioneer Daughters series by best-selling author Jean Van Leeuwen

Eleven-year-old Hannah Perley and her family are trying to maintain a sense of normalcy as the Revolutionary War rages around them. But when British troops get too close to Fairfield, Connecticut, Hannah's father and other men from town leave to try to defend their property as their families escape up the hillside. What will they do when all the British leave in their wake are piles of ashes where homes and shops once stood?

Jean Van Leeuwen has once again created a wondrous blend of the joys and sorrows of everyday colonial girlhood combined with the larger themes of war and history. Hannah's Helping Hands contains a map with locations from the story highlighted, as well as an author's note with historical information and a recipe for traditional colonial johnnycake. This clear-eyed, well-rounded view of pioneer girlhood, along with Hannah's struggle to define who she is and what she can and should be like, will be welcomed by today's girls

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Children's Literature - Melissa A. Caudill
The time is 1779 and Hannah Perley is a busy, young girl tending to the family garden, the animals, and also helping her mother spring-clean the house. The Revolutionary War is raging around them and its impact spreads to every family in their small New England town. Hannah's brother is in the war and has noticeably become quieter when he returns home on leave. When her brother is gone again, Hannah writes to him to keep his spirits high and to let him know how she used herbs to help heal a seriously ill sheep. Terror strikes her village when the British land on their shores and come inland towards their town. There is no time to save anything, but their lives. Her family spends a terrifying night hiding in the woods while the British loot and burn their town below. They discover their home is gone, but more importantly that they have survived and will rebuild their lives. The map in the front of the book helps readers understand where the story is taking place. This well-written piece of historical fiction would fit nicely into a Revolutionary War teaching unit. The first chapter book in a new series called "Pioneer Daughters."
Library Journal - Library Journal
Gr 3-5-A continuation of Hannah of Fairfield (Dial, 1999). Set in Connecticut in 1779, this novel centers on the members of the Perley family, as they try to maintain a semblance of normal life as the Revolutionary War wages around them. Historical information about farming and the family's lifestyle is woven into the story, as are facts about the war. Readers learn about the fighting from Hannah's brother, who comes home for a brief rest from the front and describes his experiences. Finally, the dreaded day comes when the English attack the town, burning homes, farms, and businesses. Thanks to Hannah's perseverance and fortitude, the Perleys are able to save their barn and animals. Readers will enjoy getting to know this lively girl. In focusing on the domestic side of the war, Van Leeuwen has provided a refreshing approach to the period that is accessible to reluctant readers.-Cheryl Cufari, Glencliff Elementary School, Niskayuna, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
From Van Leeuwen (Hannah of Fairfield, p. 73, etc.), a second heartwarming portrait of a colonial girl and her family struggling to meet the challenges of pioneer life during the Revolutionary War.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613285148
Publisher:
San Val
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Series:
Pioneer Daughters Series
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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