Reviews for Revolutionary Field Trip : Poems About Colonial Life

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall
Twenty poems written in a variety of verse patterns describe a class's experiences on a field trip to a historical village. Though they don't always reflect the mood of the poems, the cartoonlike watercolors are appealing. Colonial-period words--[cf2]breeches[cf1], [cf2]gooseberry fool[cf1], [cf2]spontoon[cf1], etc.--are explained in context or in the glossary. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2004 May #2
Linked by Alley's amiably humorous scenes of a small class, led by a Ms. Frizzle-like teacher, trooping through a reconstructed colonial village and sampling hands-on activities, Katz's poems-some rhymed, some in free verse-open windows on daily life in those olden days. The young visitors reflectively comment on such diverse experiences as dipping candles and walking on cobblestones, playing familiar games ("Rolling hoops and flying kites, / Ice skating, bird-nesting, snowball fights"), sampling unfamiliar dishes ("Hush puppies, brown betty, flummery, crowdy, / Pocket soup, syllabub, apple pandowdy-"), mingling with the dancers at a powwow demonstration, and participating in a traditional Native corn-planting ritual. Sandwiched between maps of the Eastern seaboard that show both indigenous populations and early European settlements, pleasingly varied in tempo and tone, these 20 poems form a hard-to-resist invitation to "taste a spoonful of gooseberry fool, / Hundreds of years away from school." (glossary) (Poetry. 7-10) Copyright Kirkus 2004 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2004 September
Gr 1-4-Mrs. Brown imparts her enthusiasm for American history by taking her class on a series of field trips to historic sites. Twenty illustrated poems bring those experiences to life, including churning butter, quill writing, and smithing. However, the representation of Native peoples from across the continent ("Native nations/dancing in peace,/from Tuscarora to Navajo") and not just the Colonial region is slightly confusing. Alley's animated watercolor illustrations portray exuberant, engaged students experiencing history-marching with soldiers, cooking on a wood stove, dancing in a powwow, planting corn, and shearing sheep. Youngsters will delight in the visual story lines and laugh at the children's antics. The well-designed book includes an extensive glossary of Colonial terms and maps of both the British Colonies and "Native Tribes and Nations." The impact and value of such experiential education are underscored in "Grace Dips a Candle": "-I hold my candle carefully,/pretending the wick is homespun hemp,/and the wax is bear's grease./And one small flame is the only light/I'll have tonight in the woods' long dark." Young readers will absorb much of the characters' excitement about history from this worthwhile offering.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.