Children's Literature - Sarah RaymondOver the centuries, many people have feared witches. As the noose on the cover of this slender nonfiction book suggests, the result of that fear has often been horrific. People have been falsely accused, and some have been killed. Historically speaking, some were accused of witchcraft only because were a bit odd or were disliked by the community. One of the most well-known sets of trials originates in Salem, Massachusetts with the accusations of two little girls, Elizabeth and Abigail. This book aims to demystify the Salem witch trials that killed many innocent people in this small community. Readers learn that few Salem residents were safe from the accusations of the young girls and community members. Readers are invited to access both primary and secondary sources about this topic, as the publisher’s website includes images of actual letters, statements, and warrants from the witchcraft criminal proceedings. The book is filled with pictures and facts that enhance understanding. Overall this is a solid resource for children learning about the Salem Witch Trials. Part of the “Cornerstones of Freedom/Bringing History to Life” series. Reviewer: Sarah Raymond AGERANGE: Ages 7 to 12.
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