Liberty!: How the Revolutionary War Began by Lucille Recht PennerLiberty!: How the Revolutionary War Began by Lucille Recht Penner

Liberty!: How the Revolutionary War Began

byLucille Recht PennerIllustratorDavid Wenzel

Paperback | July 23, 2002

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How the Revolutionary War Began

The American colonists were fed up with British law. They refused to buy English goods. They formed a militia of tradesmen and farmers ready to fight at a moment’s notice. Most importantly, they joined together. All 13 colonies sent representatives to decide whether they should form a new country. That group wrote the Declaration of Independence, the document that summed up a revolution.
Lucille Recht Penner is the author of many nonfiction books for kids, including Dinosaur Babies and Monster Bugs in Random House’s Step into Reading program. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.David Wenzel is an artist and illustrator for books for young readers and is best known for his visualization of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit in graphi...
Title:Liberty!: How the Revolutionary War BeganFormat:PaperbackPublished:July 23, 2002Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375822003

ISBN - 13:9780375822001

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good! This book is part of our curriculum and at first I wasn't going to read it as usually children's books on this topic are extremely patriotic and unusable by any other than Americans. As a Canadian, I started to read a bit myself first and was pleased with the text so I did read it to the 8yo after all. A very balanced overview is given of how the revolution began, was fought and won. The book tells the story from an almost unbiased opinion and I read straight from the text, for the most part. The tarring and feathering of Loyalists was even mentioned and I did not feel the need to add any 'extra' Canadian content except for minor instances to remind the 8yo that the British were not the bad guys but were us, Canada at the time. And of course, I'm balancing the material by reading from a Canadian history book as well. So, very pleased with the presentation of the facts and the bold illustrations. Each chapter is presented in a two page profusely illustrated spread. The text is interesting and engaging. My son enjoyed it every time I got the book out, as we read it over a period of a few weeks. Americans will definitely be pleased with book and those from other countries will certainly be able to use the book to learn US history without the over-emphatic patriotism often present in these types of children's books.
Date published: 2009-02-10