Sunday, April 14, 2013

Crew Review: Knowledge Quest

 photo 61867_10151551915578243_1408297526_n_zpsc18fa83b.png
We love American history. And one of the "stories" of American history that we all really enjoyed, was the story of Sacagawea, so we were excited when we had the chance to review Knowledge Quest's new ebook, Sacagawea (Brave Explorers Every Child Should Know).

 photo SacagaweaBook_zps004a015c.jpgWe received a .pdf version of the book. This book is available for Kindle, either as a single book for $4.97, or in 4 parts (ranging in price from $0.99 to $1.49).  This is an "interactive ebook", meaning that there are links throughout the book, that you can click through to get more information about things. This was so helpful. Often when I'm reading to the girls, they will want to know what something is, or more information about something mentioned. In most cases, in this book, when they asked "what is that?" I could just click through the link and it would take me to an external link that gave more information, and often pictures, about whatever had been mentioned.

This story is told, in the first person, as if Sacagawea is telling the story. It begins with her telling the story to her son, Pomp, but at some point, quite early in the story, that seems to shift. For most of the book, she does not appear to be speaking TO Pomp, as he is referred to by name, which makes the story much easier to follow, but did confuse my girls. . . "if she's telling Pomp the story, why doesn't she say 'you' instead of 'Pomp'?"

There were a few historic facts in this book that differed from the other books we have read about Sacagawea, but I'm not an expert and won't even pretend to know which book is "right", one of the reasons we try to read multiple books on each topic in history is to get a variety of viewpoints.

Since we are currently learning about the civil war for history, we chose to use this book as a "bedtime story" rather than using it during school time. We all enjoyed it, and I look forward to more books in the Brave Explorer series. (I have also read, and enjoyed, Jacques Cartier).

For this particular review, crew members chose between 2 different products, some of us reviewed Sacagawea, while others reviewed a timeline app for the iPad. Be sure to click on the banner below to read the rest of the reviews of both of these products.


 photo DisclaimerGraphic1_zpsf612f371.gif

No comments: