It has been an interesting year for the kids’ education. While we are in the United States right now to be with my mom, the kids are going to school. Earlier in the year when we were on Home Assignment and were in the U.S., the kids missed school in South Africa. But, because we moved around and it was U.S. summer, they did not go to school here. Instead, the did some maths from their South African school. And, we had some guided reading theme weeks. One week was on the Civil War. Both kids picked a book from the Civil War week as being a favorite from the summer. Here are their book reviews:
Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith. (review by Isaac)
It’s a book about a boy who lives on the Kansas-Missouri border and Bushwackers (Confederate gorilla fighters) attack his farm and he signs up with the Union infantry and then is drafted into the cavalry. But, he has a Confederate girlfriend. At some point, he accidentally ends up fighting for the Confederates. I really liked the way this book looked at the Civil War from the point of a soldier who had fought on both sides. Plus, it was a really good book.
Charlie Skedaddle by Patricia Beatty (review by Sophia)
It’s a book about a boy whose brother died fighting in the Battle of Gettysburg. One day he sneaks onto a ship and joins the army as a drummer boy. One day he goes into battle with other troops and when he sees two friends gunned down mercilessly he shoots a soldier. Then he skedaddles into the mountains because he thinks he killed a soldier. So the book is about how he survives in the mountains. I liked it because it shows how war affects people.