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The Blacksmith

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18th century colonists relied on skilled craftsmen to supply the tools and equipment necessary to run their businesses and households. A highly trained blacksmith who could make anything from a cooking pot to a set of horseshoes ran the village smithy, or blacksmith shop. The shop was built around a forge that always had a hot fire going. Here the colonists enjoyed gathering around the warmth of the fire where they shared local gossip while they waited for their tools to be made up. The education of a blacksmith is explained and the tools that he produces are illustrated in depth. Kalman does an excellent job of showing the craftsman side of the trade. Readers will have a new appreciation for the colonial tradesman's talent and a better understanding of his importance in the colonial community after enjoying this informative book. Kalman is well known for her excellent nonfiction books and The Blacksmith continues the trend as part of the "Colonial People" series. 2002, Crabtree Publishing,
— Paulette Jackson <%ISBN%>0778707938
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-In each of these well-organized titles, two-page sections discuss a range of topics. Blacksmith covers the items around the home and farm made at a smithy, and the tools of the trade. Milliner discusses the shop, its stock, and Colonial fashion while Woodworker details the many different types of tradespersons this field covers, e.g., woodsmen, cabinetmakers, coopers, wainwrights, shipwrights, and housewrights. With plentiful, clearly labeled illustrations, these titles will appeal to young readers. Full-color photographs of contemporary reenactment scenes at Colonial Williamsburg, VA, and Old Salem, NC, provide realistic images of individuals at work. These accessible books will be valuable for curriculum units.-Deborah Rothaug, Pasadena Elementary School, Plainview, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778707936
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Colonial People Series
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 528,411
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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