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I received a copy of Liberty Lee’s Tail of Independence through TLC Book Tours! I was so excited to be able to review this book because this is my favorite part of American History, or history in general! What an amazing turn of events to put into rhyme and capture a young audience, while secretly teaching them at the same time!
I want to say that my first impression of the illustration was, “Wow!” what wonderful depictions of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. The whole book’s illustration involves so much education. One of my favorite pages shows an example of what a new american city might look like, with drawings of each part of the community such as the market, women making wool and silk, brick making, potash, agriculture, etc. And yet another amazing page shows all the battles between the north and south; who won, where they were fought, and a small drawing of each battle with men marching, riding, and fighting. You could learn so much just from looking at all the pictures!
This book is written as a rhyming poem, with a pattern of AABB. It was very catchy and held my children’s attention. (ages 4 and 6) I thought at first that it would just be a cute little poem, with some reference to the time period of american independence. Boy was i wrong! It covered every detail, from how the first settlers came to America for riches, to king George’s raised taxes and the tea party, all the way to where some of the American Revolution’s wars were fought and the exact number of men who signed the constitution(fifty-six…did you know?)!
At the back of the book, after the poem, There are “Resources of Parents and Teachers” which were short summaries of all the events and terms of the American Revolution, important cities, battles etc. This takes this book up a giant leap from your average rhyming picture book all the way up to teaching and reference material! This is definitely a book that we will read again and again, and maybe even act it out and memorize the poem! Wouldn’t that be fun?!
Here are the Authors: Peter and Cheryl Barnes
Peter is a journalist and broadcaster who reports on public policy issues in Washington D.C., and Cheryl is an illustrator with a background in architecture. Now that explains the amazing art!
Thank you TLC Book Tours for allowing me to review this wonderful book! I hope you all enjoy it as much as our family did.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.