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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399233571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399233579
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 0.8 x 28.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,378,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Boston Tea Party The legend of the Boston Tea Party is a familiar tale, but the story leading up to it goes beyond the drama of that one night. This unique take on the event gets to the root of the story as this prelude to the Revolutionary War unfolds. Full description

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The chain of events that led to the Boston Tea Party 19 Oct. 2002
By Lawrance Bernabo - Published on
Format: Hardcover
School children hear about the Boston Tea Party when they begin studying American history, but why colonists would dress up as Indians and throw shiploads of tea into a harbor in the middle of the night might seen a rather strange thing to do. Pamela Duncan Edwards provides a different take on the familiar tale with the aid of some knowledgeable mice that comments on the story on the bottom of each two-page spread (children will not be the only ones who are immediately reminded of the singing mice from the movie "Babe"). The story is related quite simply, using text that is clearly modeled the old nursery rhyme "The House that Jack Built" to build from the tea grown in a far off land that eventually end up in Boston harbor. While the text deals with the narrative chain of events, the aforementioned mice provided most of the historical detail (e.g., smuggling in cheaper tea from Holland) although some of their number are rather preoccupied with the idea of tea and the fear of cats.
The back of the book includes a time-line from the end of the French and Indian war in 1763 to the signing of the Treaty of Paris ending the American Revolution in 1783, putting the Boston Tea Party of December 16, 1773 in more of a historical context. More important than the amount of information that Edwards works creatively into the story is the emphasis on the causality of these events. Understanding that history is not merely a list of chronological events but rather events that have causes and consequences is probably more important than any aspect of the Boston Tea Party.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fun to Read And Educational!! 31 Jan. 2007
By Angie - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I try to read a history book each evening to my kids and they enjoyed this one very much. The history was concise and patriotic in nature. There is also a nice timeline to read at the end. Every page I read, the kids would laugh about the mice's comments (at the bottom of each page) and the connected lines of the story. Each page tied to the former page making almost a song throughout the book. It was brief enough to interest my 3 year-old, but interesting enough for my 6, 8, and 9 year-old. The toddler just laughed along with the older siblings, so we all had a good time reading it together. I recommend this book highly. This really brought history alive for them!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Terrific! 18 Feb. 2006
By Lynn Grassell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My son used this book for a source in a fifth grade social studies project. Allthought the book is simply written, it tells the story of the Boston Tea Party in a great easy to understand way. The illustrations were perfect to help make the three dimensional part of the project!
This is the country that came from the tea party.... 3 Aug. 2011
By M. Heiss - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Following the pattern of "the House that Jack Built," Pamela Duncan Edwards takes tea leaves from the fields of India, follows them from Britain to the colonies, and into the harbor, and then shows the Revolution, and modern Americans celebrating independence. This is a patriotic and entertaining book, with the addition of illustrated little mice frolicking along for comic relief. Nice timeline at the end.

The illustrations are immediate and up close, putting your little reader right into the action on the page. What a memorable and beautiful teaching tool!
Must have 27 July 2014
By Rachel Ruiz - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book with wonderful illustrations.
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