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  • A gift guide for young historians

    Slate - 12/17/2014

    When picking other explicitly historical books for kids and young adults, look for stories that have rich period detail, like that pig’s tail. Victoria Cain, of Northeastern University and author (with Karen Rader) of Life on Display: Revolutionizing U.S. Museums of Science and Natural History in the Twentieth Century, called the Jean Fritz series on the American Revolution “a great example of how to write social history for everyone.” “Even as a second-grader,” Cain wrote, “I loved the details [Fritz] included: Sam Adams’ shaggy dog, Queue, snuffling around for plum cake, the portly, blue-eyed Adams trudging around the fishy docks of Boston, railing about the British.”

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