In Colonial America

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584158172
  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Series: How'd They Do That? Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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