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Does anyone have the recent publication of The Rainbow Book of American History, put out by Beautiful Feet? The new title is A Child’s First Book of American History. I’d like to know your thoughts and more about the author – Christian worldview or not. Thanks, Heather
Heather I just bought the original not the bf version. I’ll post once I’ve read through it.erin.kateParticipant
I preordered the BF book, but they have not yet shipped out. I hope to have it soon! From what I understand it was republished but not revised by BF … so the text remains the same but I think they preserved the illustrations and such.csmammaParticipant
Thanks Ladies! Christy, I would love to hear your thoughts once you review it. Blessings, Heather
The chapters are short, 4-8 pages in length with fabulous drawings by Daugherty. The writing is fairly simple with short sentences, appropriate 1st+ and accessible to be read independently by 4th or 5th grade level. There are 50 chapters and 300+ pages. Many pages have large pictures.
- They never tasted dew so sweet (Leif Ericson)
- The light (columbus)
- The troublesome corpse (the quest for the 7 cities)
- cradle of our liberties (Founding of Jamestown)
- ch. 48 – War is a contagion (pearl harbor)
- ch. 49 – operation overlord (we land on normandy beach)
- ch. 50 – the lone plane – (birth of the atomic age, 1945)
Here is a snippet from Ch. 4 “Cradle of Our Liberties”
The Founding of Jamestown, 1607
For a long time England had cast covetous eyes at North America. In 1497 King Henry VII sponsored the voyage of John and Sebastian Cabot to establish a claim in the new lands, but not until England defeated the Soanish Armada could serious attemps of colonization be tried.
Both failure and discouragement marked the first British efforts. Sir Humphrey Gilbert lost his life while returning in 1583 from an attempted colonization in Newfoundland. Two years later the second of two expeditions sent out by Sir WalterRaleigh landed on Roanoke Island off the coast of North Carolina. Here Virginia Dare became the first white child to be born on the soil of North America, and then Virginia vanished – a part of the baffling mystery still surrounding the “Lost Colony” of Roanoke. Strange inscriptions found at the site of the Roanoke settlementsuggest that the colonists went to live with the Cratian Indians. Did they go willingly? Did they wander off into the wilderness with the Indians or were they murdered? No one ever has known.
Hope that helps. I’m debating how to use it.
Forgive the typos in my quotation, please. It was late and I forgot to proofread.
Just bumping for csmamma
Any updates or thoughts on this? I know several people bought it a while back and was just wondering if you liked it or not.
I own the original, but haven’t used it as of yet. I am considering it as a summer possibility.
So it’s decent? What ages would you use it for, Christie?
I like it from my perusal. I would say elementary, but older kids would glean from it, too.Lesley LetsonParticipant
We’ve been reading it as a quasi spine for our US history – we like it 🙂 I don’t have any earth shattering reviews – the illustrations are big which appeals to my boys. The chapters are a good length for a short read-aloud. We are reading other books too in between chapters. I haven’t decided if I would have rather just read straight through it first and then gone back through a second time with other books (like I did with Hillyer’s Child’s history of the world)
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