Reviews for Doctor

Booklist Reviews 2011 December #1
There's no need for readers to travel to Colonial Williamsburg to learn about early American occupations. The Colonial People series brings immediacy to the lives of early settlers by viewing a skilled tradesperson's role in his or her community at large. The Doctor hearkens back to a time when leeches and bloodletting were considered to be viable medical options. From harsh-climate-related illnesses to smallpox outbreaks to early surgical techniques, medical care in the seventeenth century was nothing if not fascinating. Illustrations are a nice mix of period etchings and photographs of old documents as well as modern photographs (some taken at Colonial Williamsburg). Each title includes informative sidebars, including one that encourages reader participation. Kids can follow directions to dye their own fabrics, sew their own aprons, or grow their own herb gardens--in other words, stage their own reenactment of colonial times. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 December

Gr 2-4--Much better suited to young readers than Edwin Tunis's Colonial Living (1957) and Colonial Craftsmen (1965, both World Publishing), these lively texts and colorful reproductions and photos will engage casual readers and researchers alike. Marsico and Petersen explain how the fledgling nation related to Europe, Africa, and the American Indians. Tracing the history of each trade (for example, The Doctor explains the birth of medical science in the U.S.) and mentioning major historical figures provides a deeper understanding of the importance of the different professions. Large illustrations and thoughtful captions explain complicated scientific ideas, such as how a mill works; photos from Colonial Williamsburg depict common activities of the day. Each volume also includes step-by-step instructions for a related craft project, adding a visual component to classroom presentations. These are must-have titles for all public and school libraries.--Rebecca Dash Donsky, New York Public Library

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