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.
This was one of my kids’ favorite read alouds so far. They liked that there was a bit of mystery to it.
My kids loved this book! We read it for Unit 3, History year 1, and it went really well with the curriculum. It’s really been a joy, having the history book packs to go along with the history curriculum… it adds another layer of depth. My 10 year old son enjoyed this book, and so did my 5 and 7 year old daughters. When we finished the book, they literally applauded.
I love that this story brings colonial Williamsburg to life for me and my children. It’s an adventure story, engaging and interesting with a wonderful message of mercy. Tom is a great roll model for young teen boys. I’m excited to see that it’s on audio. We plan to listen to it again as we travel Back East next year.
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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