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One of the largest and most prosperous of the original colonies, Virginia played a huge role in the forming of the new nation. Here, an appealing mixture of maps, archival photographs and first-person accounts opens kids' eyes to life in colonial Virginia. They'll learn the latest theories about Sir Walter Raleigh's Lost Colony and Pocahontas's rescue of John Smith. They'll learn about the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe, life on a Tidewater plantation, and the role George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other native sons played in the birth of the nation and the emergence of Virginia as the 10th state in 1788.
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Sandy Pobst has 20 years experience in the educational field, writing books for middle graders, developing educational software, and writing teacher guides for use in the classroom. A former elementary school teacher, Pobst’s latest projects include a series of books on immigrants in America and cultures of the Middle East. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Kansas State University. She lives with her husband and two children in Austin, Texas.From School Library Journal:
Grade 6-8–The Virginia Colony, large and wealthy, with citizens like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Patrick Henry, had an enormous influence on events leading up to and during the American Revolution. This title discusses the colony's founding, life on the Tidewater plantations, the struggles to survive, and the desire for independence. Full of period maps; portraits; photographs; and first-person accounts from masters and slaves, explorers, Native Americans, servants, and other residents, this is narrative nonfiction at its best. The eloquent text weaves the historical facts into a colorful tapestry representing the realities of Colonial life. Readers learn that some of the Jamestown colonists resorted to cannibalism during the Starving Time, that Jefferson and Washington owned slaves, and that tobacco made many Virginians rich. Quotations from primary sources and other documentation add authenticity. Readers will discover that independence was not a universal consideration for all the colonists in Virginia. An excellent resource.–Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
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