The Scoop on Clothes, Homes, and Daily Life in Colonial America (Life in the American Colonies) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-03 
Review Score: 3 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings

"Part of the nonfiction Fact Finders: Life in the American Colonies series, this particular book covers interesting topics such as colonial underwear, the lack of toilet paper, and little boys wearing dresses and wigs! This book grabs the reader’s attention and knows the questions readers have but are afraid to ask.
The book includes a table of contents, glossary, more information (both books and web), an index, and a primary source bibliography. Ideal for a report or project, the book also contains an introduction and 5 chapters, each roughly 4 pages long with plenty of illustrations, pictures, fast facts, and maps. New terms are printed in bold color, with the definition listed at the bottom of the page, so young readers don’t need to stop and flip to the end of the book to check the glossary. The content covers not only colonial Americans, but also American Indians, including the surprising information that they played Lacrosse! A great addition to a school or public library history section for newly independent readers.
(Puget Sound Council Review)
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"1. Before we look at this book, I want to ask you some questions. What is the size of your home? How many bedrooms are in your home? What did you have for breakfast? Did you have eggs or milk? Did you buy the food in your house? Where is it from? How many people live in your home? This book is going to give us some background knowledge of people in colonial times. When we talked about the colonial frustration with British soldiers staying in their homes, it led to the Quartering Act. Why? You spend seven hours a day in school, I would like you to notice where the colonial young people spent their days, and what they were capable of doing. Do you think you could make it in colonial times? When we are done reading, I would like you to tell me if you think colonial children could survive today.

2. Opening moves: Draw attention to the genre, Share a personal connection you have with the text, activate background knowledge, raise questions in the readers' minds.

3. I would choose this book to give students an opportunity to compare their lives to children of colonial times. We know that students have better recall of knowledge when they can "hook" information with prior knowledge, I would want to employ this method to really get students involved in learning about colonial lives. Issues like quartering, freedom of speech, right to bear arms, make more sense when you see how colonial families lived.

4. (November 01, 2011) School Library Journal.
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"Accurate (for the most part) and easy for children to read but I won't be reordering the book for the museum shop. Some "facts" are just wrong. I'm wondering where the author got her information. Example: page 8 "Colonists considered elbows and ankles ugly, so they kept them covered." Where did that come from? And "Hoop skirts made it impossible for women to sit down!" Really? So they stood all day? Unfortunately, those are the types of statements that kids are going to remember." said.

"This is a small paperback book that is easily read by an older elementary school student in one sitting." said.

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