Life in colonial America during the mid-1700's was both exciting and dangerous. Welcome to Felicity's World 1774 takes the reader back to a time in our nation's history when colonists had to decide whether they would embrace the ideals of independence as American Patriots or remain under the rule of King George III of England as British Loyalists. Rumors of war had circulated and spread rapidly for months. Now the colonists had to brace themselves for the reality of war with England. Life in the colonies was about to turn upside down.
Felicity Merriman is only nine years old when the book begins. As the story unfolds, readers are treated to a small, yet unique, glimpse of life in the mid-1700s. Though Felicity is a fictional character, the book carefully documents actual events, as well as cultural and societal aspects, through memories, excerpts from letters, and diary entries of boys and girls, men and women. Subject matter is highlighted and enhanced by numerous photographs and drawings of exceptional quality. Certainly this book is not just another dry historical account of America's struggle for independence.
Part of The American Girls Collection series, Welcome to Felicity's World 1774 begins with a map illustrating Europe, Africa, and the 13 colonies of the new world. No story about colonial America would be complete without descriptions of what children did for fun, toys they treasured, and games they played. School, chores, social etiquette, and fun were integral parts of a young person's life, as were harsh realities of sorrow and death. Day-by-day activities, fashions, and proper grooming are detailed in text and colorful illustrations.
Readers age eight and above will be drawn to this captivating yet astounding account. Welcome to Felicity's World 1774 has been meticulously researched and its information carefully presented. The result is a historically appealing book which is full of little-known facts that are easy to read and understand. Each page truly brings history to life. Cynthia B. Drennan is a retired university administrator.