Thursday, February 7, 2013

Death by Petticoat: American History Myths Debunked, by Mary Miley Theobald (with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

I've been reading so many historical fact books for kids lately that I suppose it was inevitable that some of them would contradict each other. Did early American settlers avoid eating tomatoes because they thought they were poison? Was petticoat-related death common among seventeenth century American women? The author of this book says no on both counts (although both of those facts/myths are ones I've read recently in other books). Although one thing this book has that the others don't: it was written by a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, so I'm going to assume she knows what she's talking about.
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Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.

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