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Life on a Plantation (Historic Communities) [Paperback]

By Bobbie Kalman (Author)
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Describes the plantations that existed in the southern United States into the nineteenth century, examining what life was like for the owners of these large farming communities, their children, and the slaves

Publishers Description
Bobbie Kalman's acclaimed Historic Communities Series provides a close-up view of how people lived more than two hundred years ago. Colorful photos, many taken by Bobbie Kalman herself at restored historic villages across the country, help support the fascinating information. Children will have fun learning about:
-- early homes and the settler community
-- what people wore and the crafts they made
-- how settlers made their living
-- how they spent their leisure time
-- the values, customs, and traditions of the early settlers

The era of the southern plantation was a time when many wealthy "planters" lived in grand style next door to their slaves who helped them achieve it. Life on a Plantation introduces children to the daily routine of a plantation detailing:
-- life in the "Big House" and in the slave quarters
-- work in the cotton, rice, and tobacco fields
-- customs and traditions of both black and white communities
-- how the slaves helped support each other and pass along African American traditions

Citations And Professional Reviews
Life on a Plantation (Historic Communities) by Bobbie Kalman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Booklist - 07/01/1997
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1997 page 330

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Crabtree Publishing Company
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.54" Width: 6.58" Height: 0.1"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1996
Publisher   Crabtree Publishing Company
Age  6-14
ISBN  0865054657  
ISBN13  9780865054653  

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More About Bobbie Kalman

Bobbie Kalman Bobbie Kalman is the award-winning author of more than 400 non-fiction books. She established herself as a leading author in children’s non-fiction in the 1980’s and 90’s with two acclaimed series about pioneer life, The Early Settler Life Series (15 titles) and The Historic Communities Series (31 titles), both published by Crabtree Publishing. She has created many of Crabtree’s most popular series, which also include The Native Nations of North America Series (19 titles), The Lands, Peoples, and Cultures Series (93 titles), and The Science of Living Things Series (32 titles), among others.

Born in Hungary in 1947, Bobbie and her family escaped to Austria during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. The family spent several weeks there as refugees before immigrating to North America. A former teacher, Bobbie Kalman taught at both the elementary and secondary levels. She also spent several years working as an educational consultant for several publishing companies. Bobbie holds degrees in English, Psychology, and Education. She is married and has four children and three grandchildren.

Although best known for her non-fiction, Bobbie’s newest book is autobiographical. Released in September, 2006, Refugee Child is the account of Bobbie and her family’s escape from Hungary when she was just nine years old. Written to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution in October of 2006, the book is told from the perspective of a young girl.

Bobbie Kalman was born in 1947.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Explore the World > United States
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Science > Customs, Traditions, Anthropology
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Science > General
6Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Where We Live > Country Life
7Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12
8Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction
9Books > Subjects > Children > Literature
10Books > Subjects > History

Reviews - What do customers think about Life on a Plantation (Historic Communities)?

Excellent Book!   Nov 25, 2005
This book is intended to help an older elementary student understand the life on a Southern Plantation approximately around the 1850's. It does focus on the plantation owners but mostly on the running of the plantation through slavery. It does a very good job at teaching a student about that topic. I will use this also to teach my older ESOL students learning American History.
Disappointing...  Jul 22, 2003
I am very glad that I checked this book out from my local library before buying it. Afer recieving Bobbi Kalman's "The Victorian Home", and since I am very interested in the antebellum period and antebellum life, I was looking forward to this book.

If you are interested in the plantation owners lives, then I do not recommend this book to you. It has maybe 1 or 2 pages about plantation owners and their families. It does include a basic overview of plantation life for slaves, but I found it to be uninteresting. Also, most, if not all of the photos in the book are not actual photos from the 1800s.

If you are looking for a book about the plantation mistress' life, then I recommend "The Plantation Mistress: Woman's World in the Old South" by Catherine Clinton. So far, I have not discovered a very good book regarding the lives of plantation families, so unfortunatly I have no recommendations for you. I haven't really read any books specifically on slavery, but I would recommend "Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South" by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese. If you like Babbie Kalman books, "The Victorian Home" is a GREAT book that includes the basics and details about old victorian homes.

An Excellent Nonfiction Book with Details about Plantations!  Dec 22, 2002
I am a writer of historical fiction, and I absolutely rely on Bobbie Kalman's wonderful nonfiction books. This one even shows the layout of a plantation with neatly drawn illustrations of the Quarters and the various houses or work areas where all goods were made. B. Kalman's books are excellent for individuals as well as teachers to use with their classrooms. I recommend the Dear America and My Name is America series as well as the books by K.J. McWilliams (The Diary of a Slave Girl, Ruby Jo, The Journal of Leroy Jones, a Fugitive Slave, and The Journal of Darien Duff, an Emancipated Slave.)

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