Virginia 1607-1776

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One of the largest and most prosperous of the original colonies, Virginia played a huge role in the forming of the new nation. Here, an appealing mixture of maps, archival photographs and first-person accounts opens kids' eyes to life in colonial Virginia. They'll learn the latest theories about Sir Walter Raleigh's Lost Colony and Pocahontas's rescue of John Smith. They'll learn about the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe, life on a Tidewater plantation, and the role George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick ...
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Overview

One of the largest and most prosperous of the original colonies, Virginia played a huge role in the forming of the new nation. Here, an appealing mixture of maps, archival photographs and first-person accounts opens kids' eyes to life in colonial Virginia. They'll learn the latest theories about Sir Walter Raleigh's Lost Colony and Pocahontas's rescue of John Smith. They'll learn about the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe, life on a Tidewater plantation, and the role George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other native sons played in the birth of the nation and the emergence of Virginia as the 10th state in 1788.
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Children's Literature
Although this book has only 103 pages of text, it is packed with information both in the body of the work and in the additional notes separated from the body by a tinted bordered inset. By using people to convey the story the author enables the reader to put him/herself into the situations that arose in the discovery and colonization of the New World. Both those who left England to claim land in the colony and those American Indians who already lived on the land are included in the text, as are individuals, like Sir Humphrey Gilbert and Arthur Barlowe, who generally do not appear in usual intermediate-level histories of the period. The content of each chapter is disclosed by sub-headings set apart by italic letters and red ink under the main chapter heading. Profuse illustrations are often taken from original engravings and prints from the period and all sources are identified, as are quotes and resources both from print and other media. Many study helps are incorporated: a time line of major events and a detailed index, which includes subjects that might be associated with the period and are entered next to the reference to the subject in the text. This feature allows the flow of the subject to continue without continual referral to a different section of the book. Quotations (in their original spellings) from writings of these brave pioneers bring them to life in a unique way and fulfill one of the author's goals set forth in the introduction. This book is part of the "Voices from Colonial America" series. 2005, National Geographic, and Ages 12 up.
—Mildred Hart
School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-The Virginia Colony, large and wealthy, with citizens like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Patrick Henry, had an enormous influence on events leading up to and during the American Revolution. This title discusses the colony's founding, life on the Tidewater plantations, the struggles to survive, and the desire for independence. Full of period maps; portraits; photographs; and first-person accounts from masters and slaves, explorers, Native Americans, servants, and other residents, this is narrative nonfiction at its best. The eloquent text weaves the historical facts into a colorful tapestry representing the realities of Colonial life. Readers learn that some of the Jamestown colonists resorted to cannibalism during the "Starving Time," that Jefferson and Washington owned slaves, and that tobacco made many Virginians rich. Quotations from primary sources and other documentation add authenticity. Readers will discover that independence was not a universal consideration for all the colonists in Virginia. An excellent resource.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Sandy Pobst has 20 years experience in the educational field, writing books for middle graders, developing educational software, and writing teacher guides for use in the classroom. A former elementary school teacher, Pobst’s latest projects include a series of books on immigrants in America and cultures of the Middle East. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Kansas State University. She lives with her husband and two children in Austin, Texas.
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