The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence

Judy Dodge Cummings, illus. by Tom Casteel. Nomad (Legato, dist.), $22.95 (128p) ISBN 978-1-61930-255-6
Readers can take a hands-on approach to learning about the American Revolution in this addition to the Build It Yourself series. Each chapter begins with an “essential question” that serves as an entry point (“What factors caused American colonists to begin to resent British rule in the 1760s?”). At the end of each chapter, readers are invited to compose a thesis statement in response to the opening question. Sidebars supplement the material with vocabulary definitions, trivia, and additional information about such figures as Thomas Paine, Benedict Arnold, and Phillis Wheatley. Cartoon illustrations and 25 activities (such as preparing “firecake,” the simple bread that soldiers ate on the battlefield) create a lively learning experience, though the instructional tone makes the book an unlikely candidate for casual reading. Ages 9–12. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 12/15/2014
Release date: 03/01/2015
Genre: Children's
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