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From: Learning Through History 10/20/12 (vegsource dealer program)
Subject:         Storytellers History: The American Revolution – PBS Recommended
Date: October 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm PST

Storytellers History: The American Revolution

Soft cover, 155 pages
List Price: $10.95

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About the book:

Packed with true stories and real quotes you can’t find in textbooks, this is the amazing, surprising, funny, and never-boring adventure of the American fight for independence.

 Ride along with Paul Revere on the action-packed evening before the Revolution began. What kept everyone awake all night?

 Battle the British with the fearless Benedict Arnold. Did the famous traitor actually save his country before trying to destroy it?

 March, freeze, and starve with the volunteers of the Continental Army. How did George Washington win the war with these soldiers?

The American Revolution is the first volume of a new series called Storyteller’s History. Author and illustrator Steve Sheinkin has years of experience writing American history textbooks. The American Revolution is filled with all the stories he has never been able to fit into those books.


“Terrific. The use of primary sources is fabulous. The stories are just what one dreams of in a history book. And the humor!”
—Carol Berkin, Professor of History at City University of New York and Author of Making America: A History of the United States

School Library Journal
“Sheinkin utilizes direct quotations and a lighthearted touch to bring our nation's history alive. The quotes, often displayed in cartoon word balloons, are woven neatly into a well-organized narrative. They range from the lofty phrases of Jefferson to such down-to-earth moments as Benjamin Franklin scolding roommate John Adams not to shut the window at night. Along with famous figures, readers hear from soldiers, farmers, and other lesser-known folk, though in most cases no sources are given. There's an irreverent tone to the text that makes all of these figures seem more human, though no less worthy of respect. John Adams, for instance, is described as a "well-known lawyer, Patriot, and grump." Major events are explained clearly, with well-chosen facts that draw readers' attention. A lively chapter on Paul Revere's ride, for instance, jumps deftly from Revere to the British and back while sprinkling quotes from at least nine different individuals. Add a few intriguing details, such as the petticoat that Revere borrowed to muffle the sound of oars, and the episode really comes to life. Wry chapter titles and cartoon figure sketches match the light tone of the text. Despite the levity, the magnitude of the Revolution comes through, and difficult questions are raised, such as the fact that many patriot leaders were also slave owners. Overall, this is a fine example of injecting humor into history, with strong appeal as an assignment resource or just a fun read.” — Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR

PBS Teacher Store: Recommended Books
“Standard textbooks outline the American Revolution. Sheinkin adds the actors and the theater. Heroes and traitors, triumphs and disasters, comedy and tragedy, Sheinkin presents history as a series of hearthside tales, covering the war from Lexington and Concord to Yorktown. He includes an illuminating and entertaining section on causes and an epilogue that reveals the fates of the main characters.”

“An engaging story that gives kids the flavor of historical events. My eleven-year-old granddaughter was excited to learn some history she didn’t learn in school. Students, teachers, and parents will love it!”
— Jean Craven, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Retired)

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