This historical book in the "I Can Read Book" series by Nathaniel Benchley is published by HarperCollins Publishers and is written for kids ages 7 to 10. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
Sam Brown's quiet life on a farm in Lexington, Mass., ends abruptly with the start of the American Revolution. Although still a boy, he's expected to join his father and other males in their efforts to thwart British control. In addition to fighting British soldiers, Sam battles his own fears — particularly after his friend is shot in the leg. Accompanying two-toned sketches capture the action and emotion of this significant period in our nation's history.
Sam's parents are both industrious workers prior to the American Revolution. Despite Sam's mother's fears and objections, Sam's father insists Sam join him as the men in their community stand against the British soldiers. The British army appears brutal and heartless in its efforts to ensure that the new land remains under England's rule.
Several illustrations depict men firing muskets and bodies lying on the ground. One shows a small amount of blood from a leg wound.
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Note: This book was first published in 1969; it is often used in second-grade classrooms.
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