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YANKEE DOODLE

Author: Gary Chalk

Illustrator: Gary Chalk

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Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.

Material: hard cover

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.

If You Liked This Book, Try: CURIOSITY   INTRUDERS ON BATTLESHIP ISLAND (The Bayshore Mysteries)   PHILLIS WHEATLEY, YOUNG REVOLUTIONARY POET (Young Patriots Series)

Educational Themes: This is an easy-to-absorb presentation of US history and the American Revolution

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - US history, animal characters, music, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2005

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