I used this to read aloud to my younger son and we really enjoyed the story! My boys love historical fiction and this was another great one to add to our collection.
Our family used this book as a read aloud. We loved learning about the pre-Revolutionary War era. We all loved seeing this time in the colonies through Tom’s eyes as he navigated this new area.
We learned a lot and felt like we were right there in the daily life during the revolution. It was good and we enjoyed it!
All that said It definitely wasn’t our favorite read aloud from The Good and the Beautiful.
Great story and perfect for History 1 Unit 3. Kids enjoyed it and wanted to know what would happen next.
We read this book concurrently with our study of the revolutionary war in History 1, Unit 3. My children and I loved Tom and his determination to work hard and be honest and upright. It was fun to see the events leading up to the revolution play out in a story instead of just a timeline.
Tom drew back into the shadow of the wall, for at that moment, the gate opened and two of the governor’s black horses appeared pulling a large wagon behind them. Tom could just make out the dark forms of several men crouching low on the seat. The horses’ hoofs must have been padded, for they scarcely made a sound even on the cobblestones of the courtyard.
This wonderful tale follows the adventures of a printer’s apprentice, Tom Cartwright, in colonial Williamsburg. Not only is Tom caught up in an exciting historical time period, but also in an engaging plot. With skillful writing, the author weaves in inspiring messages, such as how kind actions to those who don’t deserve them can come back to bless you in the most unexpected ways.
“When I read this book, I knew it was one that needed to be brought back to the world. It has everything that makes a worthy book: high literary, moral, educational, and entertainment value. If you are a parent that likes to feed your child’s mind with literature that uplifts and teaches, this book is a wonderful choice.”—Jenny Phillips
This book is a suggested read-aloud for the History Year 1 course and is included in the optional History 1 Book Pack.
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