I am a history buff and love almost everything about it. In school, it was my favorite subject. One of the times in our history that has had my interests peeked was the time of The Civil. Though the Civil War took place across many different geographical locations, I was always fascinated with Gettysburg. This past year, we were finally able to take a trip there and spend a few days walking around the town, the monuments and spending an endless amount of time on the battlefield. I would highly recommend you going if you haven't. It is a moving experience.
Being that we are a homeschooling family, one of the educational subjects that I wanted to teach this year was the Civil War, and where else can you learn about it, then going to the places that the battles were fought. There were many places and many battles. Just at this time that we were learning about it, I received the opportunity (thank you to Ms. C McGinty, Disney Publishing Worldwide) to do a book review called Soldier Song: A True Story Of The Civil War written by Debbie Levy and Illustrated by Gilbert Ford.
It is a non-fiction book that tells one of those more positive aspects from a soldiers view that was going on in a very awful time for them and our country. It is based around an event that happened during the siege of Fredericksburg.
Our thoughts on it:
We used this book as a supplement for what I was covering with our child about the war. I mainly just wanted to touch base on some of the important parts of the war and what the turning point was. Our daughter is only elementary age so we did not dive into all aspects of The Civil War, that will come at a later date.
The story is wonderful. Well written and keeps you turning the pages. In my opinion in is for an older elementary child as some of the words are advanced. But, you can do as we did and read it together. The illustrations are wonderful. Colorful. And paint a "beautiful" picture of a devastating time, as does the story.
One thing that I really love is that the author has also included a timeline of events. This will come in handy for anyone that is learning about the Civil War.
This story will be a valuable resource for years to come.
If you are interested in obtaining this book, it was available for sale on February 7, 2017 from Disney Hyperion. If you are a history buff, homeschooler, or just someone that really loves learning about history I would recommend it.
I received no monetary compensation for this post. However, I did receive a copy of the book so that we could do a proper book review and state our opinion, but all opinions are our own.