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Guts & Glory: The American Revolution Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-14 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:0316312096
LANGUAGE:English

" This wasn't a book that tells fairy tale stories, or persuade the reader into doing something, it was a book that told you nonfiction facts about the American Revolution and it was good at it. It was a good book because it didn't get to serious in the facts and let some jokes slip. It made it fun to read. I would rate it a 5 out of 5 stars.Date Finished: 9/3/17 " said.

" Entertaining read about many of the important figures of the American Revolution. Lots of humor along with lesser known facts that older readers will find amusing. The book has many black and white drawings throughout along with sections that highlight various figures with a few facts about them before, during, and after the war.Good for ages 12 and up. " said.

"Although initially I didn't much care for the "Hey, dude, that humongous battle was totally awesome" verbiage used throughout this book, in the end I was won over by the author's knowledge of and enthusiasm for his subject. I find the American Revolution fascinating, and I read this book to see how it worked as basically an introduction to the subject for elementary age kids.
Because it covers so many battles and so many personalities, it doesn't go into a lot of depth. Still, I learned some things I didn't know, which is one of the main reasons I read books in the first place. It turns out that Spain was also one of America's allies in the Revolutionary War (I did not know that!), and the town of Galveston, Texas is named after Spanish Admiral Bernardo de Galvez who captured British Forts in Alabama and Florida. I also learned about British bad guy Banastre Tarleton, who I'd never heard of before.
The author explains a lot of things by using current pop culture references, which may not wear well, but if, for a few years at least, it helps kids relate to long-ago events, I'm all for it. In some instances he phonetically spells out certain words kids may be unfamiliar with; in other places, he encourages them to go look up a pronunciation or a meaning. I'm sure he joins me in hoping that some kids actually do this, and learn even more.
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