The story follows Joseph Martin, 14 year old boy who joined the Patriots to fight the British, ended his stint in the army, and re-enlists for the full war.
Questions spawned by the book:
Joseph in NY lived on his family’s farm. Were there a lot of farms in NY?
Didn’t the army give the soldiers uniforms?
Why didn’t the British just go away?
Why did some colonials want the British to stay?
Why do cannons have wheels as tall as a person?
Why were 8 people pulling a cannon instead of horses?
Why didn’t the Congress pay the soldiers? (no money)
Why didn’t the government have money?
Me – That’s in the next book. 10 year old: Let’s read that now.
What does abandon mean?
Why would the British leave the North and attack the South? Is it more important?
Where is New York, Delaware River, and South Carolina?
Me – looks for maps.
Why did words change so we don’t use those words anymore?
Who says reading aloud is just for little kids?