In Colonial America

In Colonial America

by Patrice Sherman
     
 
If you grew up in colonial America, making your bed would mean more than just tucking in the sheets and pulling up the spread. You'd have to gather hay to stuff a straw-tick mattress and pluck a goose for a cozy down quilt. Colonial kids whittled pegs, spun thread, churned butter, and even cooked up their own soap in big iron kettles. Between chores, they learned the

Overview

If you grew up in colonial America, making your bed would mean more than just tucking in the sheets and pulling up the spread. You'd have to gather hay to stuff a straw-tick mattress and pluck a goose for a cozy down quilt. Colonial kids whittled pegs, spun thread, churned butter, and even cooked up their own soap in big iron kettles. Between chores, they learned the alphabet from hornbooks they wore around their necks. Yet no matter how hard they worked, they still had time for a game of blindman's bluff or king of the hill. How did they do all this? Maybe they took a tip from the mysterious Poor Richard, who said, "Have you something to do tomorrow? Do it today." Meet Hopewell of Bayberry Cove and many other children of the American colonies. (And find out who Poor Richard really was!)

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-8–The introductions to these books recount events varying from the birth of the Aztec “New Fire Ceremony” to the Spanish “Invasion” of England in 1588. The rest of the texts consist of short, narrative chapters covering aspects of domestic life, holidays, customs, and war. The chapters in Elizabethan England and Aztec Empire are not subdivided internally, but those in the other two books have subheadings such as “What Did They Eat?” and “Was Education for Everyone?” Chapters conclude with a “FYInfo” page on various topics from Elizabethan theater to John Winthrop’s fork. Each book ends with a craft, and whether constructing an Aztec feather headdress or an Elizabethan feather fan, they are uncomplicated, utilize readily available materials, and provide readers with a perfunctory “hands-on” experience. The upside of this series is the consistent organization and clear, bold text. Nevertheless, with its lackluster writing (“in every crowd, someone was bound to have a fiddle or fife,” which seems unlikely) and dubious photo selection, it disappoints.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584158172
Publisher:
Mitchell Lane Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/15/2009
Series:
How'd They Do That? Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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