The more books I read from the …If You Lived series, the more I like it. Because of the simple device this series employs (posing questions and then providing the answers), more thought-provoking issues are addressed than in the typical children’s history book.
Here are a few of the most interesting Q&As.
Questions and Answers.
Did everyone in the colonies take sides?
No. Many people tried to stay neutral (not choose a side) during the war. Some changed sides depending on what was happening.
Many families split because of different views abot the war. Some changed sides depending on what was happening.
Many families split because of different views about the war. Benjamin Franklin was a well-known Patriot. His son, William, was the Royal Governor of New Jersey and warned the people in that colony not to act against the king. William became the head of the Board of American Loyalists.
George Washington was the leader of the Continental Army. His older half brother, Lawrence, was a Loyalist. [pg. 29]
How could you tell who was a Patriot?
…the number 13 was important to the Patriots because there were thirteen colonies. It was often used as a signal. Some women wore their hair in thirteen curls as a sign of support for the Patriots. [pg. 38]
What useful things were invented during the war?
David Bushnell made the Turtle, an early submarine. Looking like a large oak barrel, it moved when a propeller was turned by hand. Bushnell presented it to the Patriots as a way to put bombs on British warships. Ezra Lee made the first try, but he couldn’t get the bomb to stick to the ship. Lee had to work fast – there was only enough air for thirty minutes underwater. The Turtle never worked like Bushnell hoped, but he built underwater mines that made the British navy very nervous. [pg. 72]
Did you know?
“A Declaration of Dependence was written late in 1776 and signed by seven hundred Loyalists. This only made the Patriots more angry.” [pg. 36]
The word “cowboy” was first used to name pro-British outlaws. They used cowbells to attract people and then robbed them or stole animals from farmers and sold them to the British army. [pg. 73]
In two pictures, due to Colonial necklines, women’s cleavage is shown. However, it is very hazy (basically just a line).
Ms. Moore gives none of the religious reasons behind the war, mentioning only taxation without representation as its cause.
Conclusion. An excellent resource for young children.
Review © 2012 Laura Verret