So you think your friends and family will stick by you through thick and thin? Then you wouldn't want to be accused of practicing witchcraft in 17th-century Salemwhere practically everyone you know would send you to prison or even Gallows Hill, just to save themselves.
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Even kids probably don't need to be told that they wouldn't want to be a Salem witch, but this book from the "You Wouldn't Want to Be a..." series is a engaging, informative, and darkly funny. Illustrations are cartoonish and highly expressive, and the speech and though bubbles add poignant commentary to this grim topic. Also included are plenty of tips on how to avoid being accused or convicted and some very bizarre trivia. Written in second person, readers are given the identity of Priscilla Bishop, daughter of an inn keeper accused of being a witch in 1692. Each spread addresses one topic about the Salem Witch Hunt, such as Puritans, Confessions, Prison, and Trials. In spite of the brevity of each topic, a table of contents and index are included, as well as a glossary; unfamiliar words are also defined in the text.The Salem Witch Hunt is a perennially popular topic and this volume will satisfy (and likely pique) the curiosity of elementary readers. Its layout, using short, separated paragraphs, text boxes, illustrations, and speech bubbles, make this book more suited to recreational reading than for school reports. It is recommended for elementary school classrooms in which it is relevant to the curriculum to provide more content for curious students, as well as for elementary school libraries and public libraries.