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A kids' guide to the American Revolution, Kathleen Krull ; illustrated by Anna DiVito

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A kids' guide to the American Revolution
Title
A kids' guide to the American Revolution
Statement of responsibility
Kathleen Krull ; illustrated by Anna DiVito
Title variation
American Revolution
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Contributor
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Language
eng
Summary
Packed with anecdotes, sidebars, time lines, and illustrations by Anna DiVito, this title, gives young readers a comprehensive look at the birth of our nation
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Illustration
Review
  • Gr 5–8—Krull takes the American Revolution by the horns and drags it out of the doldrums. Her chatty prose shows it for what it was—a gutsy "blowup between a parent figure and unruly children" that was "deadly, messy, scary, and suspenseful." Oh, and did we mention world-shaking? Chockablock with interesting incidents (see "The Crucial Lee Resolution," when "It was an appropriate time to be twitchy"), and fascinating factoids such as "the median age of the colonists was 16," this is a history book that can be read for pleasure. How interesting to discover the Stamp Act meant not postage fees, but the fee for an official stamp on "anything made of paper"—books, licenses, contracts, newspapers, and court documents included. Sidebars include brief biographies of variously famous and unknown personages, quotes from contemporaries and later historians, and tidbits to whet the appetite for more. The main focus of the text is dedicated to the daring and the determination on the part of the rebelling colonists. And to the lasting, powerful message of the Declaration of Independence. Krull does touch on slavery, racism, the use of black troops, and on the decisions made by various Native American tribes who had little reason to favor any white government. However, the generic use of the terms Indians and slaves is disappointing. VERDICT An eminently readable look at a rebellion for large collections.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY --Patricia Manning (Reviewed 12/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 12, p124)
  • A portrait of the Revolutionary War as a family spat that got out of hand.<br><br>In a savvy effort to make the war more accessible to young audiences, Krull begins by characterizing it as a "blowup between a parent figure and unruly children." She then goes on to trace its course from the Stamp Act to the Treaty of Paris. Glib and readable as her overall account may be, though, it's so frequently interrupted by discursive anecdotes and "Wise Words" from both participants and such modern savants as Hillary Clinton and Lin-Manual Miranda (the latter in an amusingly bowdlerized quote) that it's often hard to keep track of events. More problematically, her language is afflicted with a pervasive parochialism that comes out both in her repeated use of the term "slaves" and, notwithstanding a proper acknowledgement of the influence of the Iroquois Confederacy on the political thinking of the Declaration's drafters, several references to Native peoples as generic "Indians." She does remember the ladies as well as African-Americans who fought on both sides, and she closes with an inspiring appreciation of the ways ideas expressed in the Declaration of Independence have gone on to affect the histories of this and many other countries. In her line drawings DiVito adds tongue-in-cheek notes, portraying George Washington as Captain America, for instance, and tucking a few extra heads among those on Mount Rushmore.<br><br>A patchy, unusually wrong-footed outing from the deservedly esteemed historian. (maps, index, source list) <i>(History. 10-13)</i>(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2017)
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10611864
Cataloging source
YDX
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Krull, Kathleen
Dewey number
973.3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Nature of contents
bibliography
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DiVito, Anna
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True
Series statement
Kids' guide to American history
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  • United States
  • United States
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
A kids' guide to the American Revolution, Kathleen Krull ; illustrated by Anna DiVito
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn982397296
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
207 pages
Isbn
9780062381101
Lccn
2017951333
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)982397296
Label
A kids' guide to the American Revolution, Kathleen Krull ; illustrated by Anna DiVito
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn982397296
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
207 pages
Isbn
9780062381101
Lccn
2017951333
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)982397296

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