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Life in America's first cities
Isaacs, Sally Senzell, 1950-
Publication Information:
Chicago : Heinemann Library, [2001]

Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 27 cm.
Introduces the daily lives of people who settled in the first cities in the United States, discussing houses, clothing, schools, and work.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 46008.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Newstead Library E164 .I83 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Clarence Library E164 .I83 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Clearfield Library E164 .I83 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
North Collins Library E164 .I83 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Williamsville Library E164 .I83 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library E164 .I83 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The Picture the Past series looks at the many kinds of communities in America's past. Each book describes what made each community different and what children and adults did each day. Life in America's First Cities In this book, follow Americans as they move from small towns and farms to new jobs and homes in a big city. Find out how and why cities grew and how the streets looked and smelled. Visit a city apartment to learn how families made their food. Then, use a recipe to cook a real early American meal-potato soup!

Author Notes

Author Sally Senzell Isaacs was born in 1950 and grew up in Evansville, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University, where she majored in American history and sociology. She has written over 30 children's books dealing with American history. Her book Cattle Trails and Cowboys won the first June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas History.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-These well-organized volumes introduce their subjects in an accessible manner. Each two-page chapter contains a brief text and a mixture of reproductions of period drawings and paintings, as well as archival and modern reenactment photographs. The first two titles cover how colonies and cities got started and grew, describing communication, houses, occupations, childhood, education, clothing, and food. Readers will be able to contrast today's cities and way of life with the very different living conditions in the past with the help of the copious illustrations. The third title provides an overview of plantation life, alternately describing the lives of the planters and slaves. In all three titles, insert boxes highlight information and often serve as captions for the illustrations. Challenging or unfamiliar words are highlighted and explained in the glossaries. Each book also contains a recipe from the period.-Melanie S. Wible, Kanoheda Elementary, Law- renceville, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Towns Become Citiesp. 4
Busy Streetsp. 6
Getting Newsp. 8
Transportationp. 10
Homes and Housesp. 12
Adults at Workp. 14
Children at Workp. 16
Schoolp. 18
School Lessonsp. 20
Clothes for Adultsp. 22
Clothes for Childrenp. 24
Getting Foodp. 26
A Simple Mealp. 28
How Cities Changedp. 30
Glossaryp. 31
More Books to Readp. 31
Indexp. 32

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