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Cohn, Scotti. Liberty's children; stories of eleven Revolutionary War children.

COHN, Scotti. Liberty's children; stories of eleven Revolutionary War children. Globe Pequot Press. 136p. illus. bibliog. index. c2004. 0-7627-2734-9. $10.95. JS

Cohn's collection of 11 biographies is a clever classroom resource. The brief entries cover seven males and four females who lived in New England, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas during the Revolutionary War. Among the issues introduced in the text are colonialists' interactions with Native Americans and the importance of Quaker activism to American history. Of particular value is the introduction to Deborah Samson, one of the first women in the North American colonies known to have served in the military. Students can learn the value of all citizens, old and young, in a desperate struggle for national freedom.

Cohn's writing is readily accessible to average readers from fifth to eighth grade and for literacy classes, ESL, and remedial classes from ninth grade to adult. There is a blend of simple explanations of the times and places with human-interest themes of courage, commitment, and loyalty to a cause. The index is a wealth of names, places, ships, events, and such abstract concepts as food riots, tar and feathers, and the creation of Yankee Doodle. The book is a valuable source for read-aloud classroom stories as well as for student research or general interest. Mary Snodgrass, Hickory, NC

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.
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Author:Snodgrass, Mary
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Date:Jan 1, 2005
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