Revolutionary Sarah

Children - Grade 4th-6th
53 Pages
Reviewed on 12/08/2023
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

We can learn a lot from our grandparents and great-grandparents. Remember, they weren’t always old. In 1834, young Annie listened intently as her great-grandmother, Sarah Fulton, shared tea and cakes while telling stories of her involvement with the greatest tea party in American history, the one that started the American Revolution, leading to America’s independence. In Tracy Lawson’s Revolutionary Sarah, young Annie learns about her country’s history by listening to her family history. In an era when history was passed on from one generation to another through storytelling, Annie not only learns about her family’s history but picks up the torch of storytelling, realizing that she must remember and share her great-grandmother’s stories with future generations.

Tracy Lawson’s early chapter book, Revolutionary Sarah, is a true story about the American Revolution. Told in storytelling form, the plot follows Annie’s visit to her great-grandmother and her fascination with the stories she hears. As tea is served, Sarah places a splinter of wood next to Annie’s place at the table, and the young girl’s curiosity is instantly piqued. What could this splinter of wood possibly mean? Annie is enraptured by the stories she hears, as young readers will be, too. The language is simple for young readers to easily follow along. I love the drawings which add another dimension to the unfolding stories. This is a great way to learn about history, following the traditions that nurtured our history since the beginning of time. Beautifully told.

Nino Lobiladze

Annie Perkins was seven years old and lived in Medford, Massachusetts, in April 1834. Annie was a curious girl. One day, on their way to Annie's great-grandmother Sarah's house, she asked her mama about the ships heading toward the nearby Boston Harbor. Annie learned that these ships brought different goods from around the world to Boston. But it was not always like that. Annie's ninety-four-year-old grandma, Sarah, still remembers when only ships under the British flag could deliver goods to the colonies. Over a cup of tea, Grandma Sarah is ready to share a family secret with Annie and tell her about the tea party in Boston that changed the history of the United States for good. Revolutionary Sarah by Tracy Lawson, the second book in a series, is a captivating read for children from nine years of age and for adult lovers of history, historical fiction, and adventure.

Beautifully and simply written, Revolutionary Sarah retells the most significant events in the history of the United States. Tracy Lawson shows us how thrilling history can be. Tracy narrates with a touch of humor and depicts historical characters, like the heroic Sarah Bradlee Fulton, in a believable way. The author explains the role of women in the American protests against British taxes and their contribution to the fight for the independence of the United States. In Revolutionary Sarah, Tracy shares nuggets of wisdom. Young readers will learn that we should value even the most ordinary things, like a cup of tea, and that every good cause requires a sacrifice from us. Lovely illustrations by the gifted Larissa Coriell will help children visualize and comprehend historical events even better. Among other interesting terms, Tracy explains to young readers what taxes and customs duties are. Revolutionary Sarah is great educational material and should be on the shelves of every school library.

Emma Megan

Revolutionary Sarah by Tracy Lawson is a beautiful children's book about a woman's unique role in the fight for America's independence from Great Britain. It is based on a true story of the American Revolution. It helps young readers understand more about the Boston Tea Party, the most important tea party ever held in the colonies. When Annie Perkins was seven, she and her mother visited her ninety-four-year-old grandmother, Sarah Fulton, for a tea party. Annie was about to have the most extraordinary day as her grandmother decided to tell her a secret. Thus, Annie learns about the most important tea party ever held in Boston, which took place in 1773. Most importantly, Annie learns what her forebears did to help win America's independence and how and why it started in 1767.

Revolutionary Sarah is an excellent way for children to learn about such an important event in history and the women heroes of the Revolution. This book provides a glimpse into the past, giving the young reader a sense of the many sacrifices women in Boston made during the greatest protest in the American colonies. This story is so beautifully written by Tracy Lawson that it makes learning about the past more interesting and exciting. It is packed with unique illustrations and valuable information about the Sons of Liberty, the Daughters of Liberty, taxes and the protest against taxes, Benjamin Franklin, and more. It is perfect for curious young minds. It teaches them about what happened during those years before Americans were ready to declare independence from Great Britain.