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We Both Read: The Boy Who Carried the Flag

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Gr 2–3—Ben lives with his sister and parents in the New Hampshire colony in the early days of the American Revolution. Their father joins the militia, and the family goes into hiding when the British soldiers come through. Shortly afterward, they travel to Philadelphia to stay with their Uncle Will, where they meet Betsy Ross and George Washington. The story culminates at the Battle of Trenton, with Ben playing a significant symbolic role. Pictures on each page help carry the narrative; the colors are appealing, but the scenes and characters look oddly static and flat. This book can be read alone, but is meant for two readers, with alternating partners. A red star at the beginning of a paragraph indicates a more experienced reader; paragraphs with a blue star are easier. More challenging words are bolded and deliberately repeated. Overall, the narrative is readable but the plot crams in too many historical characters and events. There is better historical fiction for kids who are in between easy readers and chapter books; a classic example is Patricia Lee Gauch's Aaron and the Green Mountain Boys (Boyds Mills, 2005). Buy this one where others in this series are popular.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Young Ben sat beside the rapid river and shivered in the icy cold as the wind picked up and blew the blinding snow all around him. This is not what he had in mind when he volunteered to take Betsy Ross's newly sewn flag to General Washington. However, he is there, he is brave, and he makes the most of the situation. In this interactive chapter book from the "We Both Read" series, a piece of history is brought to life in a highly interesting way. The book is meant to be read by two people, one a stronger reader, who share the reading sections of the story. The person reading the text highlighted with a red star tackles a harder vocabulary and the person who reads text with a blue star has an easier text. Both sections move the story along at a nice pace and to ease comprehension, new words and phrases are written in bold in the red section and then reinforced and read by the person reading the blue section. Realistic illustrations, in muted colors, capture the flavor of the time period. Seven chapters cover the intriguing tale of the boy who carried the first flag to General Washington and show how much can be learned about the historical period without coming across as being didactic. The story is rich enough to be read independently or it can be added to history lessons for second through middle grade students to meet and enhance curriculum goals. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601152480
  • Publisher: Treasure Bay, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 975,407
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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