Book Review: New Beginnings

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Ages 9-12

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New Beginnings is another in the National Geographic series Crossroads America. This time, the topic is the settlement of Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in what is now America.

The great thing about this book, as in the others in the series, is that it looks great. The photos, graphics, and other illustrations are top-notch, as always. The writings is easy to follow as well. The result is a pleasing addition to this already well-done series.

The book does a good job of reminding readers that life in the 17th Century wasn't exactly easy or dreamy. The colonists who landed in what is now Virginia in 1607 had to work hard to survive. They faced hostile inhabitants and a hostile environment, including harsh winters and little room for error in growing and harvesting crops.

Also mentioned are other tangential topics such as indentured servants and the specter of slavery. These are worthy additions to this important story. Another worthy addition is the story of the House of Burgesses, the first representative legislative body in the colonies.

This book makes a worthy addition to any study of colonial America, especially 17th Century Virginia. Check it out, as well as the other books in the series, listed above.

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