Children's LiteratureA comprehensive and well-organized volume, part of the "Women in History" series, this also turns out to be an interesting read. Bjornlund takes us through all the roles of women in Colonial America; Native American communities, housewives, servants and slaves, women in the workforce, church and community leaders and women as political activists. The text is heavily laden with quotes from primary sources such as diaries, letters and journals, as well as period illustrations. The author does a very good job of illustrating the daily lives of women during the Colonial period, giving a sense of what it would have been like to be female in this time period. In addition to painting a general picture, short biographical sketches of women who lived in the colonies are also given, including African-American poet Phillis Wheatley and First Lady Abigail Adams. Other sidebars tell stories of a few women peripheral to society and those that may not be quite as famous but left a legacy behind nonetheless. This is a well-researched and highly readable volume. Included are suggestions for further reading, a works consulted page and an extensive index. With the generous inclusion of primary sources this is an excellent school library book, suitable for middle or high schools. 2004, Lucent Books, Ages 12 to 18.