Tuesday, March 24, 2009

American History via Graphic Novel...

The Road to


(The Cartoon Chronicles of America)


by Stan Mack (Illustrator) and Susan Champlin (Author)

American History via Graphic Novel...whatever it takes to get kids to learn!

I am a firm believer that if we don't know where we came from - we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of our forefathers. This book looks at a time in history that formed, shaped and defined who we are as Americans.

This book is recommended for 10-15 year olds - I can remember how hard it was at that age to sit through some history classes. In history class it can be hard to follow - but this romp through history with young Nick & Penny will appeal to their peers today!

Being kids sometimes adults don't think about you as a threat so Penny & Nick are privy to conversations by the British soldiers in the stables where Nick works and in the Tavern that Penny's father owns.

There are several lessons in this book above and beyond the historical - the rebels actually listen to these two kids and their information is deemed trustworthy (even though Nick's past is anything but...)

The illustrations are excellent and give you an insight to daily life and the plight of the colonists.

The Graphic Novel is a popular medium among kids and teens today - so what better vehicle for this gripping and thrilling ride through America's shining moment.

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