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Summary: This is the story of the American Revolution using mice, rabbits, and other woodland creatures as Minutemen, Redcoats, and Hessians. It is a lyrical story, with poems set to that famous tune.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 5 to 8
Age of Child: started reading at 6 years old
Young Reader Reaction: He enjoys the story, asks questions about events it describes, and relates the book to what has been learned about George Washington in school.
Adult Reader Reaction: The book does a VERY good job of giving the basic story in the classic rhyme/tune of Yankee Doodle, with paragraphs around the page that elaborate on what happened.
Pros: First Graders won't get anything out of the history, but may find the mice cute. Good artwork and cute fuzzy mice make the Revolution a lot less bloody--the fight scenes are done with corks from popguns, for instance.
Cons: None, really. This is a very good primer to the Revolution for elementary age kids.
Borrow or Buy: Buy two. One for you and one for your friends. They will love you.