Tag: American History

  • Profiles of Valor by Marilyn Boyer

    Profiles of Valor by Marilyn Boyer

    Profiles of Valor by Marilyn Boyer was an interesting book to read as a Canadian, still part of the British Commonwealth that the Founding Fathers of America fought for freedom from when it was ruled by King George III. It chronologically follows the events that happened during the War of Independence from 1775-1783, with a…

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  • Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

    Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

    Caddie Woodlawn was one of those books that had to be read two chapters at a time before bed because the slightest pause was met with multiple cries of, “Oh please, Mom! Please! Just a little bit more!” I kept going for my sake as much as theirs! This book is similar to Little House…

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  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

    Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

    Elijah of Buxton is the first free born black child, the son of two freed slaves, who escaped to Buxton, Ontario, a little settlement just North of the US-Canada border. Elijah is a likeable character and a typical 11 year old boy in his often humorous adventures and antics. In every other way, he is…

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  • Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling

    Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling

    The kids unanimously agreed that after Paddle-To-The-Sea, Tree in the Trail was their next favorite Holling C. Holling geography book, followed by Seabird, and Minn of the Mississippi (we didn’t care so much for the last one, but looking forward to Pagoo next!) Tree in the Trail explores the history of the Great Plains by…

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  • Twenty Texans by Betsy Warren

    Twenty Texans by Betsy Warren

    Twenty Texans: Historic Lives for Young Readers by Betsy Warren was another book we greatly enjoyed about the Lone Star state! It was recommended to me by a “born and raised” Texas mama, and it appealed to our whole crew as we learned about 20 mostly famous and a few lesser known Texans through the…

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  • Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski

    Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski

    This book has seen better days, but its worn cover, loose binding, and dog-eared pages speak volumes (no pun intended); Indian Captive, The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski is a well-loved living book that I’ve enjoyed since I was as young as our children are now! The story is always moving quickly, so…

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  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

    Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

    Turning the last page of Johnny Tremain evoked audible sighs all around the room. What an experience to live in Boston during the latter half of the 1700s over the past few weeks! Author Esther Forbes introduced us to a plethora of interesting characters a few years before the Revolutionary War took place. They developed…

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  • Remember the Alamo! by Robert Penn Warren

    Remember the Alamo! by Robert Penn Warren

    Remember the Alamo! by Robert Penn Warren was the first history book we read about Texas after arriving here. We all enjoyed it, but none so much as our 12 year old son, whose favorite topic is military history, whose favorite games are strategy games, and whose love for the Lone Star State is blinding.…

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  • Bud & Me by Alta Abernathy

    Bud & Me by Alta Abernathy

    Since we moved to Texas, we’ve been trying to learn as much as we can about its history and culture. So, like typical homeschoolers, we switched gears in the middle of the school year and jumped from Ancient Egypt to the history of the South because that’s where the science of relations was happening in…

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