Saturday, October 4, 2014

Scholastic Fest: #22, ... if you lived in Colonial Times

  • Title: ...if you lived in Colonial Times
  • Author: Ann McGovern
  • Illustrator: Brinton Turkle (1915-2003)
  • Publisher: Scholastic Book Services
  • Year: 1964
  • Excerpt:
    "What happened if you went out at night?

    "If the town watchman saw you outside after dark, he might say, 'What are you doing? Where are you going? You are supposed to be home.'

    "And if you did not have a good reason, the town watchman would scold you and take you right home."
  • Notes: This is my kind of book! A non-fiction travel back in time to another era, with short sections, perfect for browsing. ... Chapter titles in this 80-page book include "What did colonial people look like?" "Did children go to school?" "Did people work hard in colonial days?" and "How did people get the news?". ... Successful author McGovern has her own website. She has authored more than 50 books for children and those books have sold, according to her website, more 30 million copies. ... If You Lived in Colonial Times has received at least one reissue over the years. The current edition has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon. Other books in her "If You..." series include If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 and If You Lived with the Circus.1 ... Turkle, the illustrator of this 1964 edition, earned a Caldecott Honor award in 1970 for Thy Friend, Obadiah.

1. I wonder what kind of "If You..." books they'll have in the future? Perhaps If You Grew Up During the Reagan Administration or If You Lived During Baseball's Steroids Era or If You Lived in the Days of the iPhone.

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