On an American Day, Volume 1

On an American Day, Volume 1

Story Voyages Through History, 1750-1899

By Rona Arato; Ben Shannon (Illustrator)

Owlkids, Hardcover, 9781926818917, 96pp.

Publication Date: August 30, 2011


What better way for young readers to truly understand another era than to spend a day in the life of another child? Like On a Medieval Day and On a Canadian Day before it, On an American Day Volume 1 uses nine extraordinary pieces of historical fiction covering American history from 17501899 to give young readers an intimate look at life in another place and time.

On an American Day Volume 1 begins with the story of Patrick, an Irish-Catholic immigrant seeking relief from religious persecution in Pennsylvania in 1755. From there, readers meet more characters living through historic events like the Revolutionary and Civil wars, and the Johnstown flood; through civil rights milestones like the Emancipation Proclamation; and through national achievements like the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad and the opening of the Perkins School for the Blind. The book ends at the turn of the 20th century with the founding of Hull House in Chicago.

Through these carefully researched and engaging stories, a complex and fascinating portrait of a nation emerges, told through a child’s everyday life activities. Detailed backgrounder pages accompany each story, using facts, maps, photos, and illustrations to bring readers further into history.

About the Author
Rona Arato has published eleven children's books including Working for Freedom: the Story of Josiah Henson. Her books have been nominated for numerous awards. Courage and Compassion: Ten Canadians Who Made a Difference received the OLA's Golden Oak award for 2011. She lives in Markham, Ontario.

BEN SHANNON is a Toronto-based illustrator and musician. His work has appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, Wired, National Geographic World, and The Globe and Mail.

Praise For On an American Day, Volume 1

"[N]eat, emotive, unvarnished stories...are engaging and inspiring."
Kirkus Reviews