The Magic of Story
Colonial Voices - Hear Them Speak
Illustrated by Larry Day
Dutton/Penguin, 2008, 978-0-525-47872-0
Cover Copyright © by Larry Day, 2008
Winner of the 2009 Carol Otis Hurst Children's Book Prize
Colonial Voices - Hear them Speak: It's December 16th, 1773, and Boston is about to explode! Meet Ethan, errand boy for the printer and spy for the Sons of Liberty. Follow him through Boston as he does his chores for Patriots, Loyalists, and those who are in-between. What will happen now?
King George has declared a new tax for the colonists to pay. This time the tax is on tea.
Today is the final meeting at Old South to decide whether the tea ships will be returned to England or unloaded and taxed. In Colonial Voices, we visit the shoemaker, the innkeeper, the clockmaker, the midwife, the dame school mistress, the blacksmith and others. We learn about their occupations and listen to their political views. Larry Day, award winning illustrator, has provided delicious details in his vivid watercolors.
The book was also designed to become a Reader's Theater. In some schools, teachers have had students choose parts and project the illustrations as each student reads his or her part. Other teachers have had students make up additional appropriate characters to add to the script.
|What Reviewers Said:
Booklist , May
15th issue.(Starred Review). Also, Book Links (July, '08):
Library Journal ,June, '08, (Starred Review):
Kirkus Reviews(April, '08):
Winner of the 2009
Carol Otis Hurst Children's Book Prize,
sponsored by the Westfield, MA Athenaeum: the Milton Burrall Whitney
Library, the Jasper Rand Art Museum, and the Edwin Smith Historical
Award Nominations/State Reading Lists:
Indiana Library Federation - Young Hoosier Book Award(Intermediate)
Best Book Lists:
National Council for the
Social Studies - Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People (2009)
|UMass Teaching American History Project|
Colonial Voices was used as a resource for an Teaching American History Project funded by the US Department of Education in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Lowell. I was invited to speak at their final session to the 130 social studies teachers who participated. They came from eight school districts in the greater Boston area. I called my presentation "Bringing History Alive".
Kay signs copies of Colonial Voices: Hear them Speak for two participants in the Teaching American History Project. Kay was invited to speak about the creation of her book, research that was done, and strategies for bringing history alive in classrooms. Thirty eight teachers attended, and some shared projects they had created for their students about life in Colonial America.
Comment from the American History Project Coordinator:
"I want to say again how wonderful your presentation was on several levels. Perhaps you realized it (perhaps not), but in addition to presenting a compelling and very coherent account of how your books are created and produced, you modeled a truly excellent approach to the teaching of history, especially for teaching elementary school students who are often getting their first experience in learning history and social studies. I think the teachers greatly appreciated hearing about the importance of storytelling, including bringing into the story the voices and perspectives of people who experienced the actual historical event(s)."
Gregory Gray Fitzsimons
Office of School Partnerships
University of Massachusetts Lowell
600 Suffolk Street
Lowell, MA 01854
"Voices of Boston"
Performed by the third grade in the Ellis Mendell Elementary School, Roxbury, MA
|Several third grade classes at Ellis Mendell Elementary wrote an 8-song cantata through "Classroom Cantatas", the Cantata Singers' song-writing and singing program in the Boston Public Schools. Elizabeth Hodder, the Trustee/Education Advisor, researched ideas for the text of the cantatas and discovered Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak, which provided some inspiration for the music the children composed.|
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