If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Explains the events of the American Revolution, looks at how people got food, went shopping, and got news. Discusses the differences between Patriots and Loyalists.

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Explains the events of the American Revolution, looks at how people got food, went shopping, and got news. Discusses the differences between Patriots and Loyalists.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Starting with the front cover showing mixed reactions to the toppling of King George's statue, this lively book about Patriots and Loyalists gives middle readers a more balanced look than usual at people who lived during the American Revolution. Answers to pertinent questions take the inquiring mind through the daily lives, dwellings, clothing, and political opinions of colonial Americans, with care to present information about the Loyalists, who comprised approximately one-third of the colonists. Readers can discover, among much else, what it was like to attend school during the war, the chances of seeing a battle, how one could identify Patriots and Loyalists, and how families obtained food and clothing. This revised version explores the effects of conflict on the lives of both supporters of independence and those loyal to England. Middle readers may be surprised to learn that not all colonists even took sides, and that children sometimes fought in the war, too. Other sections introduce some prominent players of both persuasions; one might wish that Alexander Hamilton—patriot, loyal aide to General Washington, influential member of the first cabinet—had been mentioned, or that Benjamin Franklin had been given credit for adroitly negotiating the Treaty of Paris. This engaging book with its deft and often humorous illustrations will, however, go a long way towards helping younger history-lovers form a realistic idea of the War for Independence. For more sophisticated readers, teachers might suggest following up with the Colliers' powerful novel, My Brother Sam is Dead.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613080460
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 80

Table of Contents

Introduction 10
What was life like before the Revolution? 12
What did colonial people look like? 14
What were colonial houses like? 17
What started the Revolution? 18
Who were the Loyalists? 23
Who were the Patriots? 27
Did everyone in the colonies take sides? 29
How would your life have changed after the Declaration of Independence? 32
What happened to Loyalist families after the Declaration? 35
How could you tell who was a Patriot? 36
How could you tell who was a Loyalist? 40
If your family sided with the Patriots, how did you support the war? 41
If your family sided with the Loyalists, how did you support the war? 42
Would you have seen a battle? 45
Did any women or children fight in the Continental Army? 46
Was it hard to get money during the war? 48
How did people get food and clothes? 50
How did you go shopping in the city? 52
Did you go to school if your family supported the Patriots? 54
Why didn't girls go to school as much as boys? 57
Did you go to school if your family supported the Loyalists? 59
How did you get news about the war and what was happening in the other colonies? 60
Who were the famous Patriots? 64
Who were the famous Loyalists? 70
What useful things were invented during the war? 72
What words and expressions came from life during the American Revolution? 73
What ended the war? 74
How did life change for the Loyalists after the war? 76
How did life change for the Patriots after the war? 77
Author's Note 80
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2009

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    Great for the Fourth Grade

    As a fourth grade teacher, I found this book to be a great resource for our theme unit on the American Revolution. It had much more detail than our textbook and the students enjoy reading this series. It also lends itself to different reading strategies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2006

    This book is a horrible and one sided political statement.

    According the the Author's note, the purpose of this book is to show what America lost by winning the Revolution. She portrays the Loyalists having been treated unfairly by the Patriots, to the point of not being able to send their children to school, not being able to speak freely, and being in fear of being attacked and having their homes burned down. She fails to mention any dangers faced by the Patriots. This book is horribly one sided. I bought this for my neice, but would be ashamed to actually give it to her as a gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2004

    Great books to introduce your children to history

    Recently, my 2 children were in a historical play. This really caught their attention to history It has opened their eyes to what is was like to live during that time. The clothes they wore, the food they eat, the jobs around town and helping your neighbor. So I bought this book and also the one about living with the Sioux Indians from 1800-1850. They are going nuts with wanting to know more history about everything!!!!! The structure of the book, being question and answer works great. We have had great conversations during our book reading. We don't read one of these books in one night, because they ask more question and we talk about great things. Besides being educational, these books have made out night time reading great fun and a time of closeness. I'd recommend this series to anyone who's child is interested in history or you are trying to get them interested or just for something different to read!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2000

    An Objective, Informative Viewpoint

    As a Canadian Humanities teacher, I have found it difficult to find sources that objectively depict North American history. Reading this book has helped both my colleagues and my students become more informed and sympathetic toward what was a tumultuous time in the histories of both Canada and the United States. I also found the Author's Note at the end of the book to be quite thought-provoking. Thank you, Kay!

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    Posted April 13, 2009

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