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Children's LiteraturePerhaps no state in the Republic has contributed more to its early development than Virginia. A state that was the birthplace of men such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, Virginia was the homeland for many of the presidents elected during the first six decades of independence. During the colonial era, Virginia was considered the "crown jewel" of the New World. In this chapter in the "Our Thirteen Colonies" series, the story of Virginia is concisely presented. Author Sarah E. De Capua follows a format that is typical of other books in this series. The saga of Virginia begins with its Native American residents. The focus of the narrative then shifts to the European colonists and their relationship to the indigenous peoples. Information is presented about the movement toward revolution and Virginia's role in the War for Independence. Lastly, the author details how Virginians responded to the call for a stronger centralized government and the Constitutional Convention. Laced with illustrations, this compact history of Colonial Virginia is one that younger readers will find helpful in their studies. Although many more in-depth sources are available for the review of this subject, this is a good starting place. 2004, The Child's World, Ages 8 to 18.
— Greg M. Romaneck