Tricking The Tallyman by Jacqueline DaviesTricking The Tallyman by Jacqueline Davies

Tricking The Tallyman

byJacqueline DaviesIllustratorS.D. Schindler

Paperback | January 7, 2014

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Are kids interested in learning about the very first American census? Probably not. Do young readers clamor for stories set in the very, very olden days of the late 18th century? Uh, not really. Okay, but do they like nutty cat-and-mouse trickery, wacky slapstick, and animals disguised as people? You bet! So let them have all that, and if they end up learning a thing or two about our country, its history, and the ways our government works, shhh . . . we won’t tell!

Tricking the Tallyman accomplishes the tricky task of showing kids the way the 1790 census was tabulated (or tallied) and how the country’s new citizens came to understand (after much misunderstanding) how it worked to help them and the country. Excellent for classroom use or to put in the hands of bright kids with a taste for the quirky and irreverent, young readers may enjoy this story so much they might not even notice how much they’ve learned!
Jacqueline Davies lives with her family in Needham, Massachusetts. Tallyman began with Davies’ involvement in a school project about the national census.S. D. Schindler lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Title:Tricking The TallymanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.16 inPublished:January 7, 2014Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385755198

ISBN - 13:9780385755191


Editorial Reviews

Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 2009:
"Charming and humorous, this book is certain to appeal to children–and to educators."