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The Boston Tea Party

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  155 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
More than any other event, the Boston Tea Party of 1773 has come to stand for the determination of American colonists to control their own destinies. From the arrival of the ships full of controversial taxed tea in Boston Harbor, through the explosive protest meetings at the Old South Church, to the defiant act of dumping 226 chests of fine tea into the harbor on December ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Holiday House
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As he always does, Russell Freedman has once again brought the Boston Tea Party, arguably the event that started America's Revolutionary War, to life. How does he do that, given that the act of dumping tea into the Boston harbor has been covered in just about every elementary social studies text ever published? He relies on research, of course, and tells the story of this act of protest that started small and gained momentum through the eyes of its participants, their family members or onlookers ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
Freedman once again tells a great story. He not only keeps his readers interested, but tells a factual and documented tale. This is a great introduction to the Boston Tea Party.
Sep 23, 2015 Josiah rated it it was ok
What better way to introduce new readers to important events in American history than with a picture book, and who better to perform the writing than Newbery Medalist Russell Freedman, one of the most respected authors of nonfiction for kids in the history of the genre? Rather than simply laying out the bare facts and hoping some scrap of tinder amidst the information sparks an interest in the reader, Russell Freedman patiently does the work of tracing the little tidbits of history back to big, ...more
Kirah Marshall
Sep 24, 2016 Kirah Marshall rated it liked it
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1. This is a well illustrated nonfiction children's book about the Boston Tea Party. It tells the story of how the settlers were angry with the king and how they were not going to pay the taxes on the tea. It tells about the rules of cargo and trading of the days. It tells readers how the Sons of Liberty met several times to discuss what to do with the ships that carried the tea. They tried civilly asking the ships' crew people to take it back and that they were not paying the taxes on it, but ...more
Allyson Smith
Nov 10, 2013 Allyson Smith rated it really liked it
This book gives the story of the Boston Tea Party. It begins by talking about when the ship full of tea came to the harbor and why the people did not want the tea. It then talks about the men who disguised themselves as Mohawk Indians and went aboard the tea ships. The tea was then thrown overboard on all of the ships while the towns people watched. It then gives and afterword, explaining what happened after the Boston Tea Party and what happened in the American Revolution. There were many first ...more
Apr 24, 2014 Allison rated it it was amazing
History texts aren’t always the easiest literature to read but Freedman makes this story come to life with a captivating plot. The story is told through the perspectives of people who experienced the event. A young boy, Peter Slater, Alexander Hodgdon, and Joshua Whyeth all add their understanding of the events that took place in Boston.
Freedman does a great job of tying together the individual pieces of the story into one complete work that embodies the spirit of that time in history. The illu
Katie White
This book has wonderful pictures and goes through the events of the Boston Tea Party. It also goes into how the rebels dressed up as stereotypical Native Americans, which I would use with my 4th or 5th graders to debate whether that was fair or rude or inappropriate. It also has a neat little arranged timeline in the back which would come in handy if we were looking at a unit on the Revolutionary War; the students could do an art integration piece and draw their own timeline of our events we ...more
Nov 07, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Freedman presents a retelling of the events leading up to, as well as the actual evening of, the infamous (well, at least in American history courses) Boston Tea Party. Students will enjoy Freedman's presentation much more than the presentation featured in their textbooks. Freedman provides not only an entertaining and factual story, but factual supplementary materials such as a map, a timeline, an introduction, an afterward, source notes, and an index. The illustrations are soft yet detailed. I ...more
Jun 18, 2013 Paula rated it it was ok
The significance of the Boston Tea Party is described in this narrative nonfiction piece of story-telling that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. Straightforward text and primary source quotes from townspeople and participants offer details that make the rebellious act come alive. The text is accompanied by large muted illustrations that will enhance readers’ understanding. This book would be a great supplement for social studies teachers. Back matter includes an afterword, bibliography, ...more
Sandy Brehl
Both narrative and illustrations convey a sense of the time, place, tension, and issues involved in the actual events leading up to and encompassing the original Boston Tea Party. The events on the ship itself are most revealing of the civility ands seriousness of the protest. The only concerns I had involved the low visual contrast between text and illustration background which made it more of a challenge to actually read.
Aug 14, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
A kid-friendly book on the Boston Tea Party that reads like a newspaper article/diary because it draws on accounts from people who were there. Illustrations are full color and full of emotion. Back matter includes an Afterword, Bibliography, a backstory on tea, and a timeline. Not the first book I would reach for if a child needed a book for a report, but a great nonfiction read of American interest nonetheless.
Karen Arendt
Russell Freedman does such an excellent job of making history so accessible for children. Everyone knows the Boston Tea Party, but this book adds detailed illustrations, a timeline, bibliography, and an index! The text gives readers background information in an introduction then takes the reader through the entire conflict, making the story easy to understand. The information included at the back of the book (an index, too!) makes the book worth sharing in the classroom.
April Smith
I love Russell Freedman's books. He does any amazing job highlighting the major events during the Boston tea party. I even learned facts from this book that I do not remember learning in school. This book is a great read aloud for fifth grade, which is where students learn about the American Revolution. I would recommend this book to any fifth grade teacher.
Shannon Grieshaber
Apr 03, 2013 Shannon Grieshaber rated it really liked it
I love Russell Freedman books and the American Revolution is my favorite time period, so I just had to read this picture book. Excellent information told in a compelling story with beautiful illustrations.
Lin Lin
Two hundred and thirty-nine years ago, on today, December 16, a group of colonists dressed themselves up as Mohawk Indians and dumped boxes of tea into the sea as their protest against the rule of British Parliament and King George III.
Feb 27, 2013 Margie rated it really liked it
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When it comes to bringing history into the here and now, giving readers an inside glimpse on the then, no one does it better than Russell Freedman. This volume is further enhanced by the paintings of Peter Malone.

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Rebecca Snodgrass
Oct 23, 2013 Rebecca Snodgrass rated it really liked it
I don't like how the words are blended with the background, but it's a good intro to the Boston Tea Party. It's a good book when talking about recalling and retelling because of the words remembered and recalled. It's very interesting.
Feb 02, 2013 Helen rated it it was ok
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I'm afraid this nonfiction book was definitely nothing special. I thought it would be exceptional since it was by Freedman, but no such luck. It didn't even have any primary sources or articles, so it would definitely be a no vote for me.
Brenda Kahn
Gorgeous illustrations, engaging storytelling (Hey! It's Russell Freedman! Of course, it's engaging.) Introduction, map, sources, afterword, all in a picture book. Perfect addition to the 7th grade "Road to Revolution" Podcast Project. So excited!
Yoo Kyung Sung
Nov 12, 2012 Yoo Kyung Sung rated it really liked it
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"Tea Party" these days have different meanings in the U.S. This book invite the forgotten part of American history. Surely Freedman's authorship is appreciated to revisit The Boston Tea Party part of the U.S. history.
Sep 24, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
Can you start a war without soldiers or firing a shot, but with humor, costumes, and what was basically a big party instead? America did it; find out how.
Jan 30, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
This connects well with content teaching. Its always good to have another source with details that textbooks leave out.
Oct 29, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
A simplified version of the Boston Tea Party for elemenary school age children. Beautiful pictures and a nice picture story explaination of the Tea Party.
Apr 05, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
A great account the the Tea Party told in a way that is interesting for kids. It includes details that are often untold in other accounts.
Apr 30, 2013 Bethe rated it liked it
very informative and detailed account of the events leading up to the Boston Tea Party, will be a good read aloud for 5th grade, watercolor illustrations add to the different moods of the event.
Melissa Mcavoy
Good account and handsome pictures. I wish it, and many others on the topic, directly addressed why the colonists dressed as Mohawks.
May 29, 2013 Sheryl rated it liked it
A great introduction to the Boston Tea Party-perfect for elementary students. It has a great bibliography and source notes.
Nitza Campos
Sep 24, 2012 Nitza Campos rated it it was amazing
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(Grades 2-5) Wonderful explanation of The Boston Tea Party for younger students. Colorful illustrations add to the drama. Book includes a time line, index, and a bibliography.
Whitney Zollman
Feb 05, 2013 Whitney Zollman rated it really liked it
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This is a great book to use for a history lesson. It teaches the reader the about the great Boston Tea Party, and it has great illustrations to help the reader imagine what it was like.
Jillian Woolsey
Jillian Woolsey rated it really liked it
Oct 28, 2013
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Russell Freedman is the award-winning author of 47 books, some of which have been translated into a diverse number of languages, including Japanese, Korean, German, Spanish, Flemish, Arabic and Bengali. But Freedman wasn't always a children's book writer.

He grew up in San Francisco and attended the University of California, Berkeley, and then worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Pre
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