This book is a little too hard for my 5th grader so we are reading it out loud. We read a few pages a night, complete with side discussions about How Things Were Different Then. The story follows Joseph Martin, 14 year old boy who joined the Patriots to fight the British, ended his stint … More A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy by Jim Murphy
Did you know the word Salary comes from the time when Roman soldiers were actually paid in salt? It’s much more common these days… Shakespeare + Fairy tale “Cap of Rushes:” “How much do you love me, my dear?” “Why,” she says, “I love you as fresh meat loves salt” View all my reviews
The Dark Ages – a time when nothing happened. Yes? No. Tuchman follows the life of the last Count of Coucy through the 1300s. The book opens before his birth, with a description of chivalry and the state of the continent, and of course a chapter on the Black Death, the plague which left Europe … More A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman
10 year old’s review: Read it again! Why is a king allowed to stay in charge if he is crazy? Why were the king and the big general both named George? Why did the colonies want to separate from England? Why were the colonies attached to England to start with? What to wear, how to … More If You Were There in 1776 by Barbara Brenner
Why was the US Civil War fought? State Rights or Slavery? Or, possibly the right of slave-owners to keep slaves in in free states? The author had always thought it was State Rights… The Regents essays allow both answers… What’s the real deal? Early secessionist Southern officials had plenty to say other southern states to … More Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Causes of the Civil War by Charles B. Dew
Do questions make a good review? Why is making cloth women’s work? When did it become men’s work? How closely does the modern suit-and-shirt resemble the earliest form of clothing? What about other cultural forms of clothing? Why shouldn’t hunting be women’s work, since some women hunted? When is farming women’s work, and when is … More Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
10 year old’s rating: Good. How do dams make you able to turn on the light? I could read all the words! Good pictures.