AGE: 6-9 years
Ariel Bradley, A Spy for General Washington does a very good job of teaching a little bit of history to the kids while inculcating some good reading habits in them. The book also inspires the children to feel patriotic and serve their motherland (in this case The United States of America) like Ariel Bradley did when he was only 9 years old. Yes, the book is a true story of a kid spy who rendered some great help to General Washington during the days of America’s War of Independence (1776 AD). Though the story is based in the U.S., kids from any other countries can also learn valuable lessons from here.
All of 56 pages, the book is rather a short one. I had come across this book while browsing through the various children’s titles on Netgalley.
The story is of a young boy Ariel Bradley who was only 9 years old when he helped General Washington of the United States of America to secure some crucial information about the enemy camp of the British, which later resulted in his competitive advantage over them in the War of Independence of 1776.
I liked the illustrations in the book. They are informative and appealing and also do a great job of reflecting the life and times of the older American days.
The story teaches honesty and patriotism as the main values.
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5
All in all, the book is a great read for kids all over the world and a must read for kids in America. I think this way of blending history and fun is a perfect way to instil the reading habit in young impressionable minds.