Yankee Doodle America, by Wendell Minor ISBN 0399240039
Five out of five stars
This book combines a walk through the ABCs with some significant events and personalities of the American Revolutionary War. For each letter of the alphabet, there is a brief description of an event or a person with a related image. For example, “T is for Trenton,” is the famous crossing of the Delaware River by George Washington and his army that led to a complete defeat of the Germans fighting for the British. It was a decisive and very one-sided battle and gave those striving for independence new hope that they may emerge victorious.
“H is for Henry,” a description of the fiery orator Patrick Henry, whose speech that contained the phrase, “Give me liberty or give me death,” emerged as one statement that all schoolchildren learn. “N is for Native American,” is a refreshing mention of the fact that the Native American tribes in the east generally fought on one side or the other in the American Revolutionary War.
This book is an existence proof that educating children on more than one subject at a time is not only possible, but also can be effectively done.