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A revolutionary field trip : poems of Colonial America
Katz, Susan.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2004]

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37 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Twemty poems reveal life in colonial America as seen through the eyes of a teacher and her class when they go on field trips to historic sites from the Revolutionary War era.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 84210.
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PS3561.A775 R48 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS3561.A775 R48 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The class is embarking on the field trip of a lifetime, as they head to colonial America. This spirited collection of poetry brings our country's birth to life. With drummers drumming, Native Americans powwowing, and the signers of the Declaration inscribing independence forevermore, the class leaves no cobblestone unturned. And now you can discover for yourself how things really were.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-Mrs. Brown imparts her enthusiasm for American history by taking her class on a series of field trips to historic sites. Twenty illustrated poems bring those experiences to life, including churning butter, quill writing, and smithing. However, the representation of Native peoples from across the continent ("Native nations/dancing in peace,/from Tuscarora to Navajo") and not just the Colonial region is slightly confusing. Alley's animated watercolor illustrations portray exuberant, engaged students experiencing history-marching with soldiers, cooking on a wood stove, dancing in a powwow, planting corn, and shearing sheep. Youngsters will delight in the visual story lines and laugh at the children's antics. The well-designed book includes an extensive glossary of Colonial terms and maps of both the British Colonies and "Native Tribes and Nations." The impact and value of such experiential education are underscored in "Grace Dips a Candle": "-I hold my candle carefully,/pretending the wick is homespun hemp,/and the wax is bear's grease./And one small flame is the only light/I'll have tonight in the woods' long dark." Young readers will absorb much of the characters' excitement about history from this worthwhile offering.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.