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Colonial times, 1600-1700
Masoff, Joy, 1951-
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Reference, [2000]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 29 cm.
Re-creates early American settlements by describing in words and pictures various aspects of the colonists' lives including work, food, clothing, shelter, religion, and relationships with Native Americans.
General Note:
"Illustrated with photographs from America's living history museums"--Cover.
Reading Level:
IG 890 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.3 5 Quiz: 21569 Guided reading level: T.
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E188 .M385 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E188 .M385 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This first title in the Chronicle of America series tells the story of how America was founded through compelling text and photo illustrations of living history museums and historic reenactments. This book describes the colonists' work, food, clothing, shelter, religion, and relationships with Native Americans. Full-color illustrations.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Masoff invites readers to imagine what life was like in America in the 1600s. Following a discussion of how and why the settlers came, she covers life on board a ship crossing the Atlantic. She spares no details in describing the hardships that the colonists faced when they arrived, including lack of food and housing, improper clothing, and a mind-set that led to myriad difficulties and frequently death for newcomers. Colored sidebars offer interesting tidbits as well as activities to try. Historical footnotes in blue boxes delve into such topics as cannibalism in Jamestown. Red boxes suggest activities such as cloth dyeing, while "Surprising History" is introduced in parchment-colored boxes. Unfortunately, several sweeping generalizations mar an otherwise sound text. In a chapter on Native Americans, the author states that if they had banded together to fight the Europeans, "-America would never have been colonized." While discussing religion, she states improbably, "People did not miss church in the 1600s-EVER." The book ends with brief descriptions of several sites that can be visited today. While similar in scope to Betsy Maestro's The New Americans (Lothrop, 1998), Masoff's book is visually superior. Captivating, full-color photographs, often several to a page, depict scenes and reenactments from living-history museums. Both browsers and researchers will find this volume intriguing.- Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.