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American Revolution: A Nonfiction Companion to Revolutionary War on…

by Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce

Other authors: Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)

Series: Magic Tree House: Fact Tracker (11), Magic Tree House (RG 11)

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Presents a picture of life in colonial America and reviews the causes and major events of the American Revolution.

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This book is for young elementary aged children and so I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised. The authors were thorough. Most authors will give information on the snowballs thrown at the Brits in Boston which caused the Boston massacre, but very few will include what was in the snowballs.
Also, this book includes the other riders that were with Paul Revere and that they were able to continue their ride and warn the colonists as Paul Revere was held prisoner by the Brits.
By the time I finished I was pleasantly surprised. I would definitely recommend this book for students. ( )
  VhartPowers | Dec 27, 2018 |
The big idea of this book was to provide factual information about the American Revolution.

I liked this book because of the text features. Having the diagrams and photographs and captions made reading the book all the more helpful and engaging and easier to understand. I liked that some of the photos were real and some were illustrations. Most of the real photographs were to show items, while the illustrations showed scenes. I think that showing illustrations of scenes may be better than showing actual photos due to maturity levels of the readers.

I also liked this book because of the point of view. The book was written from Jack and Annie's perspective, who are kids, that many readers would be familiar with if they like to read the Magic Tree House series. Since readers of this series are already familiar with and fans of Jack and Annie, reading an informational book with the same characters would be more interesting to the reader, which is a good thing. ( )
  cboswe2 | Oct 27, 2016 |
I like this book for a few different reasons. First, the use of language in this book is very clear and to the point. Throughout the books their are headings that inform the reader exactly what it is that the paragraph below will be informing the reader of. The book gives facts about America's history without sugar coating them. For example, even though it is meant for students of a young age, the book does not shy down from informing the reader that the colonists would have slaves. Another detail I liked about the book is the illustrations. The illustrations provide diagrams and maps. For example, the book includes a map of the original 13 colonies, and diagrams of what the people of that time frame might be wearing. Finally, this informational matches up to the fictional magic treehouse story so that kids may use what they have learned from this informational book in their story reading. This will further reinforce the facts of the timeframe to the students that read. The big message of this story is to show the students what the timeframe of the American Revolution was like, as well as events that unfolded to cause the war to happen. ( )
  ccox16 | Oct 26, 2016 |
GL: 3.3
DRA: 40
Lexile: 600L
  Infinityand1 | Aug 2, 2016 |
Summary: This book taught about the American Revolution from when the British controlled the 13 colonies, all the way to George Washington becoming president. The story was easy to read, and the great illustrations made learning about the revolution fun. The book told about the living and working environments of families, and important people who helped make our country what it is today. It also related with children be showing what they wore, what kind of education they received, and when they had to start working.
  Megan_Drews | Feb 15, 2016 |
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Boyce, Natalie Popemain authorall editionsconfirmed
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