The New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689 by Betsy MaestroThe New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689 by Betsy Maestro

The New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689

byBetsy Maestro

Paperback | June 29, 2004

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This ongoing series introduces our country's history to young readers in an appealing picture-book format. Clear, simple texts combine with informative, accurate illustrations to help young people develop an understanding of America's past and present.

The New Americans is the story of the colonists -- the more than two hundred thousand new Americans -- who came over from Europe and struggled to build a home for themselves in a new world.

Betsy Maestro is the author of the "American Story" series, illustrated by her husband, Giulio. She has also written several other non-fiction picture books, including the Let's-Read-And-Find-Out science books How Do Apples Grow? and Why Do Leaves Change Color? The Maestros live in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Title:The New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 11 × 9.25 × 0.68 inPublished:June 29, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060575727

ISBN - 13:9780060575724

Appropriate for ages: 7 - 7


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring We have previously read and enjoyed the first two books in this series but I cannot say the same for this one. A lot of material was covered very quickly. One page would be full of people and dates and by the next page they had moved on to new people. I found myself paraphrasing as I read it aloud as the names and dates just proved too much. The 8yo did not enjoy the book at all. Though he did retain the information as we discussed what was happening. The book gives an equal portrayal of New France and the start of the Thirteen Colonies making the book appropriate for both Canadians and Americans to study this time period. I did find the book very heavily biased towards the politically correct. The general tone was one of how the untrustworthy, mean white men stole the land and the ruthless Christians forced the Indians to learn their religion while the Natives were noble to fight and attack the whites with pride. Overall, both from a Christian and informative point of view I found the book offensive at times and just plain boring at others. We did manage to scrape the information needed for educational purposes from the book and the book is profusely illustrated including maps of the growth of North America.
Date published: 2009-01-06