A History of US: From Colonies to Country by Joy Hakim


A History of US: From Colonies to Country by Joy Hakim

Recommended by the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy as an exemplary informational text. How did compliant colonials with strong ties to Europe get the notion to become an independent nation? Perhaps the seeds of liberty were planted in the 1735 historic courtroom battle for the freedom of the press. Or maybe the French and Indian War did it, when colonists were called Americans for the first time by the English, and the great English army proved itself not so formidable after all. But for sure when King George III started levying some heavy handed taxes on the colonies, the break from the motherland was imminent. With such enthralling characters as George Washington, Sam Adams, Patrick Henry, Eliza Pinckney, and Alexander Hamilton throughout, From Colonies to Country is an amazing story of a nation making transformation. About the Series: Master storyteller Joy Hakim has excited millions of young minds with the great drama of American history in her award-winning series A History of US. Recommended by the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy as an exemplary informational text, A History of US weaves together exciting stories that bring American history to life. Hailed by reviewers, historians, educators, and parents for its exciting, thought-provoking narrative, the books have been recognized as a break-through tool in teaching history and critical reading skills to young people. In ten books that span from Prehistory to the 21st century, young people will never think of American history as boring again.


[An] exciting series... Ms. Hakim braids multiple narratives together to bring alive material long dead to children's imaginations. The New York Times Book Review Joy Hakim didn't rewrite history. But she did make it a whole lot more fun to read. Education Week Readers young and old will find themselves amused, amazed, and engrossed by this searching, opinionated survey. In every sense a fresh look at our history. Kirkus Reviews Merits every accolade, starting with the most personal: I couldn't put it down. Washington Post Book World The liveliest, most realistic, most well-received American history series ever written for children. Los Angeles Times A thorough and accurate narrative of our nation's history. The Philadelphia Inquirer I think this is the best American history written for young people that I have ever seen. David Herbert Donald, Harvard University; Pulitzer prize-winning author of Lincoln When master storyteller Joy Hakim wields her pen, you're in for a breathtaking adventure. Teaching K-8 An attention to detail and drama alike make these recommended choices for not only readers ages 8-13 but for entire families. Children's Bookwatch Absorbing, real and even fun to read. Voice of Youth Advocates Books of real substance that speak directly to kids. Jean Fritz, author of Shhh, We're Writing the Constitution One of the best nonfiction series of the decade. Impossible to put down. School Library Journal

About the Author

Joy Hakim, a former teacher, editor, and writer won the prestigious James Michener Prize for her series, A History of US, which has sold over 4 million copies nationwide. A graduate of Smith College and Goucher College she spent years teaching students from elementary school up to the college level. She also served as an Associate Editor at Norfolk's Virginian-Pilot, and was an Assistant Editor at McGraw-Hill's World News.

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224 pages


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Publication date

3rd October 2006



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