Friday, June 28, 2013

Another unexpected delight was meeting authors doing book signings at historic sights and being able to visit with them.  They have taken history and make it palatable for children.  One was a husband-wife team: she, the writer and he, the illustrator for "B is for Battle Cry."  Hank has stayed up late reading it, which makes it a great read since he is not known for his appetite for devouring literature.

Another author was a retired history professor from William and Mary College who is writing children's books on the Revolutionary War.  I read one of her books on the plane ride home and was quite taken by it no matter the curious glances I got reading a children's story.  I would have read more of her books if I had purchased them.  Many of her illustrations were photos of re-enactors in Williamsburg to explain life as it was then.  (I'm sorry, I passed the book on to my granddaughter, so I don't have it in front of me to tell you the author.)

"If we don't learn from history, we are bound to repeat it."  It is important to involve children in our country's history so that those heroes did not die in vain.  You can hardly go a mile in Virginia without seeing monuments or a sign describing the events that molded our nation into its greatness we enjoy.  But it was paid for in blood.  History is rated "R" for violence, yet it needs to be passed down generation to generation.  It is not just the job of teachers to instill this, but that of the parents who model interest in God and country.  "And Moses said to the people, 'Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt..."  Exodus 13:3.


Lafayette reviewing the troops in Williamsburg, PA.
This made us miss our boys knowing how much they would have enjoyed this.

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