A must-read for every student of the American Revolution.
Timothy Goodman's Memories of a Girl
Aug 12, Joenna rated it it was amazing Shelves: 4th-5th , juv-non-fiction , 5th-6th. Learn about unknown yet important historical women of the American Revolution including spies, soldiers, writers, and leaders in the rebellion. Cartoon like illustrations and text with a timeline to follow at the bottom of the page. A great book!
Jan 12, Diane rated it it was amazing. This is a great book for elementary students. It's cleverly written to inform and entertain the readers with facts about these women who made contributions to our country but who are rarely mentioned in traditional history books. Nov 14, Anna rated it it was amazing.
I loved this picture book about women who are not well known but helped the Revolutionary War. I love the author Laurie Halse Anderson, and recommend it for adults also because it is entertaining and you learn a lot. Spencer and Genevieve kept asking me I was crying and laughing as I read it. Simon and Schuster, Slowly the women of the American Revolution are gaining the recognition that they deserve.
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Each page has an illustration, accompanying explanation, a more detailed blurb about a particular woman and detailed information on the timeline running below each page. The information is rich enough that almost every level of American History teacher can use this in their classroom. Cindy, Library-Teacher. Mar 27, Shelli rated it liked it Shelves: picture-books , non-fiction , history. Non-fiction reads about empowering woman of history are my favorite books to share with children; Independent Dames is filled with them. That being said this was not a great format for the quantity of information that Laurie Halse Anderson was trying to deliver.
There was just the smallest amount of information on each of the woman presented, making none of them particularly memorable.
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Instead I would love to see this put out as a collection of mini-biographies, especially since many of these wo Non-fiction reads about empowering woman of history are my favorite books to share with children; Independent Dames is filled with them. Instead I would love to see this put out as a collection of mini-biographies, especially since many of these women do not have one available about them for school age readers and listeners.
Mar 03, Micheale rated it really liked it Shelves: history. I really enjoyed this book that I happened upon in a high school English class, while substituting. It's a great introduction to some of the strongest women of the American Revolution.
The artwork and writing are done so well. Definitely worth the 5 minutes it takes to read it! Jun 16, Lindsey rated it it was amazing. Definitely on the shelf for next Revolutionary War unit. Great job of providing lots of info in small bits and sketches! Mar 26, Ms Threlkeld rated it really liked it Shelves: girls-rule , non-fiction , picture-books. Informative and funny. Great class resource when studying the American Revolution. May 11, Megan rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in Packed full of interesting stories of women and girls in the American revolution.
May 17, Makenna Quinby rated it liked it. I loved how it brought facts to women and how they helped my country form. I enjoyed how it showed the feminist side of how she writes. Sep 28, Kelly Risinger rated it liked it Shelves: , beyond-google , revolutionary-war.
Apr 12, Stephanie Watson rated it really liked it Shelves: worth-ssto Thorough and funny. Jun 19, Shel rated it liked it Shelves: picturebooks. Anderson, L. Independent Dames. This information picturebook very intentionally pushes the ladies of the revolution or the daughter of liberty into the spot light, giving voice to historic figures that are usually left in the background or worse, not included at all.
The stories of fe Anderson, L. The stories of female revolutionaries will educate, inspire and amuse many readers.
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Anderson uses succinct language to share the women's stories. She avoids being metaphorical which is one of my favorite parts of her YA novels, but I was thankful to see it excluded from this picturebook. Anderson makes sure to include an African American voice, that of Phillis Wheatley. Older students could go from this picturebook to reading her poetry as fast as a teacher can hand them a second book. The stories of Sally St.
Timothy Goodman’s Memories of a Girl
Clair a Creole girl, and Iyonajanegen a Oneida woman are also included. While I love the message of this book, I really wasn't rocking the illustrations. Even more so than with the color, all of the watercolor illustrations feature a lot of pen lines in the drawings, criss-crossing and adding depth and dimension. But really, all those lines just made the pictures too busy and a bit overwhelming to look at.
Also, since there's the general narration text on each page, side boxes of various women's biographies or stories and dialogue boxes, it's hard to know what the reader should read when. Along the bottom of each page, runs a who's who and timeline to help share the history of the time period. It include major events like the dates of various wars, proclamations, etc. And while this is a nice touch, I know my ten-year-old-self. Ten-year-old-me would never have bothered to read all those details.
I think some of my close friends would have. But then, that's why ten-year-old me always secretly hated all of my friends. So, in conclusion, yes to the concept of this book.
No, no, no to how busy each page of the book was. Dinner Conversation: "Look, another school play about the heroes of the American Revolution. How sweet. In fact, you're missing about half of it. What about the girls? They wanted a free country too. She was wounded twice in battle--once by a saber blow to her head and later by a gunshot in the leg. Deborah was discharged when a doctor discovered she was a woman, but she received a military pension.
Students can pick among the women described to research further and they can act out scenes from the story, or write letters in the voices of the women, etc. Students could add to some of the brief stories of the various women throughout the book. They could imagine dialogue and scenes to help the stories come alive. Tasty Rating:!!! Oct 16, Roxanne Hsu Feldman rated it liked it Shelves: grade , picturebooks , nonfiction. I like Anderson's main text and even though the illustrations are a bit too busy, they are fun to pore over, especially the funny speech bubble text.
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The book as a whole tries to do a LOT: there is Anderson's main text; there is the smaller caption sized inserted panels; there is the cartoon characters' dialogs; and there is the minuscule prints of the running timeline on the bottom of all the pages. I am all for the information within the book and am delighted to read about all these many femal I like Anderson's main text and even though the illustrations are a bit too busy, they are fun to pore over, especially the funny speech bubble text.
Timothy Goodman’s Memories of a Girl
I am all for the information within the book and am delighted to read about all these many female movers and shakers of the Revolutionary War! The issues all lie in the design. Aside from having way too many elements crammed on each page, there are also these: The names of the Dames are printed in calligraphic font, making it not easy to discern especially for a younger reader who has not mastered cursive. The extremely small type size in the timeline makes it really difficult to read and retain information presented there.
The many pages of back matters present fascinating further information but can be overwhelming to a young reader. Of course, we know that this is there so that a teacher can read more about the back stories and doesn't have to dig too much deeper or further to gain more info. Aug 01, Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , picturebook. While I found the first couple pages a bit disjointed, I ended up really liking the entire piece.
The format is a little difficult to get used to with four different types of text per page. There's a timeline at the bottom, an overview to the left, diaglog in a comic strip style across the main portion of the page and detailed story snippets called out in ovals. With the first spread having mostly stuff in the less interesting timeline area, no snippets, and almost no dialog, it's a little diffi While I found the first couple pages a bit disjointed, I ended up really liking the entire piece.
Packed full of interesting stories of women and girls in the American revolution. May 17, Makenna Quinby rated it liked it.