Guest Author - Rebecca Graf
Learning about oneís own family history is fun. One of the best parts is that it makes history come alive. That is what Patriots of African Descent in the Revolutionary War does. It helps inspire children to look into their own family history while learning history in school and discovering those facts that get lost in the big picture.
This is a story of one child who leaves the classroom and finds more than he bargained for at the dinner table. His great-grandfather begins to make the American Revolution come alive through the history of their African American family. Suddenly, the boy realizes that his own family was part of something big in this country.
The excitement the boy feels is shared with the reader and has you wanting to research your own family tree. That is what makes this book such a great piece for children and even adults to read. It is a reminder that history is alive within our own bloodlines and not just something on the pages of a history book. In truth, this is something everyone needs to be reminded of.
Itís a short read that is full of information. You get a history lesson and a lesson in genealogy research. You canít beat that.
The author writes it as a story to a young boy but in reality it is a story to the reader. If you thought you knew history, you discover that there is even more to learn. This one child finds out that his family helped in the American Revolution. He learns of how important the African Americans were including slaves during this war. The war becomes alive to him and makes him a part of it.
This is a great book. If you have a young person in your family who likes history or might need encouragement in appreciating history, this is a great book to get them. It was a fast read for me, but I found myself going back and reading it again because there is so much historical information in there that I was not aware of.
Note: This book was provided by the publisher at my request.