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July 4th – Book Recommendations

Posted on: Thursday, June 30th, 2011

This week’s blog contains interesting facts for the month of July, with the exception of the 4th when we celebrate the birthday of our nation.  For the 4th we included a picture of the original flag with 13 stars.  Ask your kids if they know why there aren’t more stars.  Our book recommendations focus on the people and events that made it all possible.  We’ve included something for everyone from grades K through 6.  If your kids have already read any of these books we’d love to hear their review.  Please post them as comments for this blog.  As always, we prefer the kids’ actual, unedited comments.

A Picture Book of George Washington (Picture Book Biography) by David A. Adler  for K-2.  A wonderful biographical picture book of George Washington life.  Colorful illustrations add to the information presented.  A great read aloud for younger children to introduce them to the father of our country.

Heroes of the Revolution by David A. Adler for 1-4.  Another terrific David Adler book presents 12 men and woman who are recognized as heroes of the American Revolution.  Those are, in alphabetical order (which is the way they are presented in the book) Ethan Allen, Crispus Attucks, Lydia Darragh, Nathan Hale, Mary “Molly Pitcher” Hays, Thomas Jefferson, John Paul Jones, Thomas Paine, Paul Revere, Haym Salomon, Deborah Sampson and George Washington.  This book concentrates on each person’s contribution to the revolution and is a good introduction for children to the American Revolution and some of the most notable people who took part in it.

Let It Begin Here!: April 19, 1775: The Day the American Revolution Began by Don Brown for grades 3 -5.  The story is told as an historical narrative that, along with the many illustrations, introduces older elementary school children to the causes of the American Revolution.  The book begins with an explanation of the financial pressures in England that contributed to the taxes imposed on the American colonies.  It continues with the colonies reaction to those taxes and through the battles at Lexington and Concord.

Crossing The Delaware: A History In Many Voices by Louise Peacock for grades 4 -7.  This book tells the story of Washington’s daring crossing of the Delaware from three different perspectives.  A present-day narrator describes the events in the House of Decisions that served as the General Washington’s headquarters.  There’s a series of letters from a fictional soldier to his sweetheart and excerpts from letters written by actual enlisted men and leaders.  The illustrations that support the narrative consist of oil paintings done by the illustrator along with historic reproductions.  These illustrations ably depict how dispirited the ill-clad and ill-equipped men of Washington’s army were prior to the battle and the loneliness of command felt by Washington.

Note: The books mentioned in this blog and all of our blogs can usually be found in your school library, your local library, a local book store or on-line.  We provide links to the books on Amazon so you can read reviews and summaries to learn more about them.

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