If Boston's Buildings Could Speak by Freddie the Fish


Children - Animals
34 Pages
Reviewed on 11/27/2019
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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.

Gisela Dixon

If Boston's Buildings Could Speak by Freddie the Fish, written by Lauren M McGrath, is a children’s book that talks about the history of Boston and some of the historic buildings there. Lauren has worked as a National Park ranger herself and knows the history well. She has written a book meant for kids to explore and understand the stories behind Boston and its role in the Revolutionary War in America against Britain. The book talks through animal characters and showcases the background and history of buildings such as Faneuil Hall, Old State House, and such places as the Freedom Trail in Boston, Massachusetts. It talks a little about each monument and what events occurred there in the 1770s and also some people associated with that era. There are a lot of interactive exercises provided at the end of the book for kids as well.

If Boston's Buildings Could Speak by Freddie the Fish is an educational children’s book and the colorful illustrations make it fun to read and see visually. This is a good way to introduce history to young children and, ideally, this book would work even better if combined with a visit to these places in person. The writing is easy enough for children to understand and there is a vocabulary list at the end and throughout the book to help kids along. Overall, this is a good book on a historical subject for kids.

Liz Konkel

If Boston's Buildings Could Speak by Freddie the Fish is a delightful children's book written by Lauren M. McGrath. This colorful and vibrant book delves into history with the focus on Boston's buildings and their impact. McGrath will open up the eyes of children to fascinating topics and will inspire them to learn about their own cities and schools so they can discover the history behind every building. This is an engaging read that can be shared between kids and parents with fun activities at the end to continue sparking your children's learning.

Lauren M. McGrath gives highly detailed information aimed at educating youngsters with pages full of various buildings to discover interspersed with colorful illustrations. The images are bright and cheery with Freddie the fish to act as your personal guide through history. Adding to the adorable illustrations are fish with vibrant colors and cute hats which add a light and fun aspect. The book is well-organized with a box on each page featuring definitions to teach a thorough understanding so that kids can learn new words as they learn about important places. Various word definitions include tyranny, merchant, and town meeting. The history lessons are thorough and will open up kids' eyes to enjoying history.

Though aimed at Boston's history, this is a great resource to teach every kid and especially poignant for those living in Boston. Children will learn about various famous buildings and their significance in history, which will teach them respect for history. McGrath provides a great book that you'll enjoy reading and teaching your children with fun activity sheets to fill out at the end. Your kids can take quizzes to go over what they learned, answer questions which will spark discussions, do activities like looking at a map to study the history and changes experienced, and enjoy fun pages to draw and use their imaginations. If Boston's Buildings Could Speak by Freddie the Fish is an easy read for children and will make learning history fun.