Ten Girls from History Review

The SchoolHouse Review Crew has had some great opportunities to review books of living history this summer. Ten Girls from History by Kate Dickinson Sweetser is the latest. Sweetser lived around the turn of the 2oth century, and she wrote a number of books to inspire children with stories of heroes and heroines from the past. Her books live on thanks to history-loving, homeschool graduate and publishing entrepreneur, Amy Puetz. Amy is the owner of Golden Prairie Press, a superb resource for living history collections, curriculum, and devotional materials.

Ten Girls from History has ten substantial chapters – one for each of the following remarkable women:

Louisa May Alcott: Author of Little Women
Clara Barton: The Angel of the Battlefield
Molly Pitcher: The Brave Gunner of the Battle of Monmouth
Cofachiqui: An Indian Princess
Madeleine De Vercheres: The Heroine of Castle Dangerous
Dorothy Quincy: A Girl of the American Revolution
Ida Lewis: The Heroine of Lime Rock Lighthouse
Elizabeth Van Lew: The Girl who Risked all for the Union
Virginia Reed: Midnight Heroine of the Plains
Clara Morris: The Girl who Won Fame as an Actress

I received an ebook copy of the book in the Kindle format. I appreciated the chapter links within the product and the ability to bookmark, highlight, and make notes along the way as we read the book each evening.

The whole book is 238 pages long, so we broke each chapter into parts, which actually makes the book ideal for unit studies. One could easily spend a week or even a month on each gal. The chapters are packed with information, inspiration, and even more exciting – action!

The chapter on Madeleine De Vercheres was one of our favorites. She has to be one of the bravest folks of all time. While trapped inside a fort surrounded by hostile natives while the troops were at battle elsewhere, teenage Madeleine found herself in charge of the few guards left behind. However, they weren’t responding well to the idea of defending the fort themselves. When Madeleine found one soldier with a torch in his hand, she demanded to know his intentions.

Too frightened to lie, he answered, “Light the powder and blow us all up.”

Madeleine flashed a glance of contempt at him. “You are a miserable coward!” she said. “Go out of this place. I am commander of the fort,” and there was that in her voice which made the men obey. Then throwing off her bonnet, putting on a more masculine hat, and taking up a gun, in the use of which she was unusually skillful, she gave a command to her two brothers, who were awaiting her orders. “Let us fight to the death,” she said. “We are fighting for our country and our religion. Remember our father has taught you that gentlemen are born to shed their blood for the service of God and the King.”

The stories of Ida Lewis and Elizabeth Van Lew, among others, were equally exciting. Boys and girls alike would enjoy Ten Girls from History. It makes a great living history textbook, a solid source for research reports, and even an inspriational devotional.

Golden Prairie Press offers Ten Girls from History in a variety of formats:

Print book with illustrations $25

Ebook in PDF, MOBI, or EPUB formats $15

MP3 Audio version read by Jim Hodges $25

The SchoolHouse Review Crew also reviewed Heroines of the Past Bible Study, Costumes with Character, and Uncover Exciting History. Click the image below to read all the reviews.

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Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received this product at no cost to me in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine alone.

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