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You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Colonist!

by: Ellen B. Senisi

  • Item #: NTS
  • ISBN13: 9780531123577
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Grades: 1 - 2
  • Lexile® Measure: 790L
  • Guided Reading Level: GR Level R
  • DRA Level: 40



11/1/04 The Midwest Book Review
Sometimes being a parent has some really cool perks. I have always enjoyed reading to my children, and books like the ones in the You Wouldn't Want to… series always put a smile on not only my face, but my daughters' as well. These books are some of the best I have come across with illustrations, which are sure to bring a smile to your face and make your children chuckle. The text is highly engaging and so much fun to read to your children, and they will enjoy reading them to you as well.

You Wouldn't Want to be an American Colonist teaches about the lost colony of Roanoke and then about the hardships of the next voyage. In no way does it sugar coat anything, detailing the trials and tribulations experienced, starting with the hard voyage over. It talks about the problems with the land, the weather and the bugs. It tells of many of the things they suffered and possibly killed half of the settlers, such as polluted water, and invasions from both the Natives and the Spanish. It also gives an idea of what happened when the settlers branched out and explored the area and were hampered by famine and starvation. This is guaranteed to get across much of the same information we teach our younger children in a way that they will retain it.

All of these books give a real glimpse into various lives in a way that puts them into perspective, but also entertains children while they learn. When it comes to this set of books I can't express enough just how much fun they are. This is definitely a reading experience that neither you nor your child will want to miss.


RELATED SUBJECTS: American History

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