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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
If Boston's Buildings Could Speak by Freddie the Fish is written by Lauren M McGrath. If you are interested in the historical origins of Massachusetts, Boston, then why not join Freddie the Fish as he takes you on a wonderful tour of his town. Freddie attends the Boston Harbour School, which is not easy to find as it is underwater. Freddie begins with the arrival of the first settlers from Great Britain in 1630, as they began to build houses, ships, churches, and buildings, including the Old State House built in 1657 and Faneuil Hall built by a merchant called Peter Faneuil. Discover what happened when the King of England imposed taxes on the settlers and the truth behind the 'massacre' of The Boston Tea Party in 1773 when British soldiers arrived. You will also learn about key figures in Boston history such as Samuel Adams and James Otis. Maybe you will even be lucky enough to meet Freddie when you travel around Boston but he is a very busy little fish and he does live underwater.
My first impression of this unique twist on a historical guide for children was that it would be wonderful to have an edition for other towns in the United States. The 'secrets' section was a fantastic addition to the book, as it enhanced the event being discussed, making it far more engaging to the reader. The illustrations were eye-catching and vivid. The whole guide was extremely well written, including a dictionary explaining uncommon words and a comprehensive study aid/activity section to help children even further to grasp the content of the book. I could not add anything further to this guide; it is concise, filled with compelling facts and information and, hopefully, will become an essential book in all the schools of Boston.