Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ben's Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick - OPTIONAL

Philbrick, Nathaniel  Ben’s Revolution: Benjamin Russell and the Battle of Bunker Hill, 64 pgs.  PICTURE BOOK  Nancy Paulsen Books, 2017.  $17.99  Content: G.  

In 1775, the Revolutionary War is starting and young Ben Russell gets separated from his family.  He joins the patriots and aids in the war against the British soldiers, watching the beginning battles take place.  Ben is eventually reunited with his family and sees the war to its end.  

I really wanted to love this book, but it wasn’t great.  The character isn’t developed enough to relate to him and the reader would need to have a basic understanding of the Revolutionary War or they wouldn’t be able to understand what is happening.  The illustrations were fantastic.  There is a biography about Benjamin Russell at the end that explains what happens throughout the rest of his life.  Although this is a picture book it is content heavy with a lot of text and higher vocabulary.  

EL, MS – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.   

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