National Bank and a secure monetary
system in this country.
Leo Gurko’s Tom Paine: Freedom’s
Apostle is a Newbery Honor book of 1958
that is no longer in print but worth locating through a used-book search. A fast-paced biography of the life of the author
of Common Sense, this work also introduces middle and upper-grade readers to
the Enlightenment philosophy that was so
fundamental to many of the founders.
The story of John and Abigail Adams has
received much deserved attention in the
past decade for the critical and seminal role
they played in America’s founding. Due in
large part to David McCullough’s Pulitzer
Prize-winning biography John Adams, the
nearly forgotten story of one of America’s
most passionate founders has been introduced to a new generation. This is a must-read for any homeschooling high school
student studying American history and
for the adults mentoring him or her. The
PBS series of the same name, based upon
McCullough’s work, is sure to delight and
provides a golden opportunity to enjoy some family entertainment that will
prompt discussion and reflection on the
providential forces responsible for the
American experiment. Abigail Adams,
Witness to a Revolution by Natalie Bober
Rea Berg has homeschooled for more than
twenty-five years and loves organic gardening, travel to historic sites, nineteenth-century literature, and dance. Rea has a B.A. in
English from Simmons College and a graduate degree in children’s literature. She has
written numerous guides for studying history through literature and has republished
many classic children’s works. With her
husband, she owns Beautiful Feet Books
www.bfbooks.com) and can be emailed
email@example.com. She blogs about children’s literature at
The force of these
archetypal young warrior
sacrificing himself for
Forbes’ Newbery Medal
novel Johnny Tremain.
will make a great companion study, testifying to the tremendous power and influence a strong, supportive, and intelligent
woman can make, not only in her husband’s life, but in the life of an entire nation.
The best stories in the world involve
conflict, adventure, danger, great bravery,
romance (in the literary sense), catharsis,
and redemption. Often some of the best
stories are fictional and provide us with insight into our world and ourselves through
the imagination. The thrilling reality about
America’s story is that it contains all of
these elements, and yet, the stories are true.
Enjoy exploring our rich historical legacy
with your children today.
1. Meigs, Cornelia et al. A Critical History of Children’s Literature. New York: The Macmillan
Company, 1969, pg. 516.
2. Mahoney, Bertha Miller and Elinor Whitney
Field. Newbery Medal Books: 1922–1955 With
Their Authors’ Acceptance Papers & Related
Material Chiefly from the Horn Book Magazine.
Boston: The Horn Book, Inc. 1955. Vol. 1, pp.
3. Higonnet, Margaret R., “Time Out: Trauma and
Play in Johnny Tremain and Alan and Naomi.”
Children’s Literature 33, Hollins University, 2005,
4. Holbrook, Stewart. America’s Ethan Allen. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1949, p. 74.
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