Grade 3-6–This compact volume relates general information about pre- and post-Revolutionary War-era South Carolina in brisk, age-appropriate prose, but inexplicably overlooks numerous details and uses imprecise, sometimes misleading language. The author repeatedly refers to South Carolina's "backcountry," but only vaguely describes this unincorporated zone outside of Charles Town, leaving readers to wonder just where it began and ended. The description of "Southern Houses" makes no distinction between the homes constructed in Charleston and those built inland. The book's only reference to favored son and Revolutionary War icon Francis Marion appears in a caption, and the text makes mention of landmarks like "the Liberty Tree"–ostensibly "a symbol of freedom throughout the colonies"–but says nothing about where it was or how it came to be regarded thus. The numerous photos and period reproductions are satisfactory, but the very first one is "a drawing from Columbus's time" that shows him exploring the New World. His ship's sail sports a black cross, which directly contradicts the statement, "The ships bore a blood-red cross on their sails. This was the symbol of Spain." An index, local recipe, and craft project follow the text. This title is a supplemental purchase at best.–Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
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Book Description Children's Press(CT), 2004. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0516245791
Book Description Children's Press(CT), 2004. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110516245791