Life During the Revolutionary War by Bonnie Hinman is a great piece of literature because it allows the reader to put themselves in the shoes of the people living during that time. This book describes what daily aspects were like for the people during this war. It explains to readers that depending on where you lived during that time, altered what life was like. It also explains how the colonies looked during the Revolutionary War. For example, houses in the north had fireplaces with low ceilings and small windows while southern houses have large windows and high ceilings. These features were different because of the temperature in each area. This book also gives readers a sense of how people were during that time. They had to grow their own food and make their own clothes. Some people cannot imagine not having a store to buy food and clothes at and people during this time produced that themselves. Also during this time children worked, which is not something children do today. This changes how students look at their lives and people’s lives during this time period. This book, in the beginning, gives a little information on how the colonies were under control of the British. Although some information is given, it is great for putting things in perspective.
I would love to use this book in my classroom, but more as an informal lesson. Students should be able to understand what it would have been like to live during that time period to understand why things happened the way they did. This would also help them understand why the war had happened because they now know about those who were involved in the war.
Hinman, Bonnie. Life During the Revolutionary War. Minneapolis: ABDO Group, 2015. Print.