Monday, February 27, 2012

The Story of Jamestown

It's book sharing Monday at Canadian Home Learning.

We were asked for specific quotes for the Monday book sharing, but the format of this book did not lead to amazing quotes. The artwork and the word bubbles blended to create a surprisingly accurate account of the history of what would become Virginia. I tried to go back and update this with specific quotes, but it really is not any specific quote that makes the book. What makes this book worthy of mention is the format that brings history to life in a different way than most kids see it in traditional textbooks.

I am always on the lookout for accurate and interesting history books for children. I ran across a listing for The Story of Jamestown (Graphic History)and realized it was part of a series of graphic histories for children. I decided to start with Jamestown because I have not found lots of quality literature for children on the topic. The topic is generally tucked into a history book chapter that often lacks accuracy and interest leaving children uniformed about the topic.

I was pleased with this choice and have several others checked out to preview before making a purchase. The material was presented in graphic novel format focusing on content and storytelling so the reader is engaged in learning more about the material. The formatting makes the book appropriate for young readers or older readers who may need material at a more accessible reading level.

Some of the strengths of this book are that it presented the challenges the colonists faced, was honest about their relations with the Natives, and it foreshadows the challenges that are coming as the colonial population expands into Native territories regardless of treaties and promises that have been made. It explains why tobacco becomes a major product of Virginia and the introduction of slavery into the Virginia colony. It also talks about how government evolved in Virginia as the colonists struggled with adapting to life in an environment they were not prepared to handle. I was pleased to see these issues addressed in a manner children could understand and process.

It is nice to see a book for a child that focuses on the history of the colony. I have read far too many accounts of the love story of Pocahontas that teach children little about the formation of Virginia. I am looking forward to previewing more books in this series.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this book. This look like an interesting series that would be a great addition to history curriculum.

  2. I forgot to add to my last comment that yes, I have been to Seussville!
    I have a Pinterest board in progress with many wonderful Dr. Seuss related links, if you like to visit:
    Take care,

    1. Thanks for posting these books! We just read through the Lewis and Clark Expedition, so this would compliment it nicely. I'll check out the other books as well.

  3. Thank you for the review. My seven year old son has really been interested in learning about our country's history. Do you think this book and series is age appropriate for him? Thanks!

  4. I always suggest previewing before using a series with kids. I would use this series with second graders, but it does deal with historical events that include war, slavery, and not all parents are comfortable talking to their kids about that stuff.

    I think it will appeal to kids with the comic book format. You just want to make sure you are sure he's ready for the material.

  5. Thanks for the information..he has actually been asking about the different wars too. My husband has been watching a series that was on the History I think that peaked his interest. I will have to check them out.