Children's LiteratureThe "Life in the Thirteen Colonies" series is designed to offer middle school students an introduction to how folks lived in the colonial era. Virginia was a colony with a particularly violent early history. Pobst does an excellent job of describing the travails and battles that the first English settlers experienced as they established a foothold in the New World. Pobst writes interesting accounts of the Lost Colony at Roanoke and the wars with the Algonquin tribes. Much of this book is social history focusing on daily life, language, slavery, and women's roles. Far less text is dedicated to the political development of Virginia. By adopting this more socially focused approach to her subject Sandra Pobst has produced a book slightly more interesting and compelling than many others in this strong series. Virginia is more than a textbook. 2004, Children's Press, Ages 10 to 14.
Greg M. Romaneck