Little Maid Of Maryland

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Set in Maryland during 1774, the time of the Colonies' resistance to taxation. It is the story of Barbara Anne, by whose bravery and ability to keep a secret a British officer's plans were defeated, and Barbara Anne helped carry important information to the general of the American forces.

Living in Maryland during the time of the colonies' rebellion against England, Barbara Anne accidentally learns some secrets of the American ...

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Overview

Set in Maryland during 1774, the time of the Colonies' resistance to taxation. It is the story of Barbara Anne, by whose bravery and ability to keep a secret a British officer's plans were defeated, and Barbara Anne helped carry important information to the general of the American forces.

Living in Maryland during the time of the colonies' rebellion against England, Barbara Anne accidentally learns some secrets of the American patriots.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Christine Hudak
This book is one of a series from Applewood Press that is a reprint of a turn of the century edition. The design is akin to "The American Girls Collection" series and evokes the warmth and hominess of a time gone by. The inclusion of a paper doll cut-out on the flaps is especially appealing to a young reader, as are the soft black and white engravings. There is no doubt that historical novels are an interesting way for young readers to learn history. A Little Maid of Maryland, which focuses on an 11-year old girl living in colonial America, is no exception to this premise. In this respect, it does teach history, but it is syrupy and filled with sentimentality at it worst. The 188 pages are filled with Barbara Anne's adventure in 1774 as she participates, along with her brother, in defying the "Redcoats." While some of the historical references are fascinating, such as the Maryland residents coming to the aid of the Boston rebellion, some are embarrassing. The dialogue of the "negro servants" when Rissie exclaims, "I kin'er reckon dar's trubble wid de King ob England" exemplifies this. The condescension toward Barbara Anne by her brother may be a function of her age or her sex, but somehow it is offensive in a more subtle way: "You see, Bab, you are to help the cause of America's liberties, if you are only a little maid." No doubt this will appeal to some young readers, but any children's librarian will want to take a closer look at what this "historical novel" implies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557093271
  • Publisher: Applewood Books
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Series: Little Maid Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,048,125
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

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