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Rat Chat Reviews COLONIAL VOICES, Hear Them Speak

2011 January 26

Hey, there.  Morris here.  As history mavens, Stanley and I are delighted to be chatting about the book written by Kay Winters and illustrated by Larry Day, entitled COLONIAL VOICES, Hear Them Speak.

It is rich in dramatic and historical content as well as language.

(And if your ‘Colonial’ vocabulary needs some ‘assistance’, Ms. Winters has provided a helpful glossary at the end of the book.)

Says the author: “When I was a kid, history seemed like a boring collection of dates and events that had to be memorized.

Once I discovered that stories make up history, and began to examine the lives of people who helped shape the past, a new way of looking at the world emerged.”

I like the way this woman thinks.

Sit back and enjoy the Chat – and I’ll see you at the other end.

Kay Winters is the author of numerous picture books, including Abe Lincoln, The Boy Who Loved Books, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter, which was a Bank Street Best Book, and her most recent release, This School Year Will Be The Best, illustrated by Renee Andrian.

Larry Day is the award-winning illustrator of several picture books about American history, including George Did It, by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain.

As companion books to COLONIAL VOICES, and for a completely different take on the subject matter giving both grins and giggles, Stan and I are recommending:

The fun parody by Lane Smith, John, Paul, George and Ben


And the entertaining We The Kids: A Preamble to The Constitution of The United States, by David Catrow.

Book with a Bullet on the Stanley and Morris shelf:

Don’t miss the new one by Patricia Polacco, Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln, additional read along with Winters’ award-winning, and previously mentioned, Abe Lincoln, The Boy Who Loved Books.


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6 Responses leave one →
  1. January 26, 2011

    I love Colonial Voices, I love Kay Winters, I love Larry Day’s illustrations, I love Stanley and Morris and I LOVED the whistling finale! Rat Chat ROCKS!

    • February 11, 2011

      Wait until you hear Stanley sing — check out that warbler on the ‘Mr. Duck’ review.

  2. January 31, 2011

    I’ll tell you the secret of one character who went out of print — I had to put her in a witness protection program! She will be emerging soon, with a new identity. Stay tuned!

  3. February 1, 2011

    So glad you rats think, there should be a series! Larry and I do too. Our next one, Voices of the Oregon Trail will be out in 2012!

    • February 10, 2011

      We will be watching for that one, Ms. Winters. We had had relatives who made their way on the old Trail. As a matter of fact,
      Stanley and I both have cousins out in California. (Where we wish we were right now — the cold is brutal here on the east coast.)

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