One of the largest and most prosperous of the original colonies, Virginia played a huge role in forming America. 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.
Middle-school students will encounter Colonial America through fresh eyes in this comprehensive series. Archival photographs, period maps, and lively, first-person accounts from explorers, Native Americans, missionaries, slaves and indentured servants, farmers, government officials, and more are seamlessly woven together to create a vibrant and accurate portrait of life in 18 European coloniesnot just British but French and Spanish, too.
The eloquent text weaves the historical facts into a colorful tapestry representing the realities of Colonial life. Quotations from primary sources and other documentation add authenticity this is narrative nonfiction at its best.School Library Journal
"...the text provides a well-organized and quite readable account of the colony's history. Discussions of topics such as the "Starving Time" in Jamestown and the "Pocahontas saving John Smith" tale reflect current research and thought more closely than many comparable volumes on library shelves."Booklist