Item description for Sam the Minuteman (I Can Read Book 3) by Nathaniel Benchley...
Overview Sam, his father, and many others in Lexington are reluctant to take on the British soldiers, but when some of the Minutemen are killed and wounded, the rest unite in opposition
Publishers Description "Get your gun " Sam's father said. "The British soldiers are coming this way " Sam's father was a Minuteman. Sam was ready in a minute.
Father and son rushed to the village green. Other Minutemen were already there. Through the long night they waited and waited. Then, at dawn, the soldiers came
In this exciting I Can Read Book, Nathaniel Benchly recreates what it must have been like for a young boy to fight in the Battle of Lexington. Arnold Lobel's vivid pictures give a poignant reality to the famous battle that marked the beginning of the American Revolution.
Citations And Professional Reviews Sam the Minuteman (I Can Read Book 3) by Nathaniel Benchley has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 01/23/1987
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Feb 20, 1987
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Series I Can Read!
ISBN 0064441075 ISBN13 9780064441070
Availability 0 units.
More About Nathaniel Benchley
Nathaniel Benchley was the author of several different types of books, as well as plays, movies and magazine articles.
He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard College, majoring in English. Shortly after graduation, he married Marjorie Bradford, and they settled down in New York City, where he worked for several newspapers and magazines. In 1941, before the attack on Pearl Harbor, he joined the U. S. Navy and was later trained to command small PT attack boats. He served in the Navy in the North and South Atlantic theaters and was on his way to the Pacific campaign when the war ended in 1945. He returned to New York and joined his wife and five year-old son, Peter. The next year, they had another son, Nathaniel Robert.
Nathaniel Benchley worked as a freelance writer -and painter- for the next 36 years. He wrote novels, plays, short stories, reviews, movie scripts and a very popular biography of the actor Humphrey Bogart. Much of his material was drawn from his life in New York and Nantucket, MA, where the family had a summer home. He found the small town life in Nantucket was rich in characters and material for adventures. He wrote a book titled The Off-Islanders, which was later made into a successful movie called "The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!" It was the story of a Russian submarine run aground on a small New England island. Several of his other books were also made into movies.
His sideline as a painter of landscapes led to his participation in many gallery showings.
Mr. Benchley used his fascination with history to create a series of books for beginning and teen readers. His particular interest was in taking a moment in history and examining it through the eyes of a young boy. He told stories about the Vikings coming to what would later be called "America;" Native American Indians dealing with the new settlers in their land ("Small Wolf"); young boys in Colonial America ("Sam the Minuteman" and "George the Drummer Boy") and the movement west; and a young boy who joins the Navy during World War II.
He also wrote a series of books for very beginning readers, many of which were about animals and their special bonds with humans ("Red Fox and His Canoe," "Oscar Otter").
He was always proudest of the letters he got from young readers who had identified with one of his characters and wanted to ask questions raised by their reading. He personally answered every letter he got from his readers.
In 1974, his son, Peter, published his first novel, Jaws, based on his experiences fishing off Nantucket in his youth (and a healthy imagination).
For the last many years of his life, Nathaniel Benchley lived in Nantucket with his wife.
Nathaniel Benchley lived by the motto: "A craftsman is one who does what he is given to do better than others feel is necessary."He died in Boston, MA, in 1981.
Nathaniel Benchley was born in 1915 and died in 1981.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sam the Minuteman (I Can Read Book 3)?
way too EASY FOR 7 YEAR OLD! May 11, 2010
This book claims to be a level 3. The book is a good book, my 7 year old read it in 15 minutes! So from that, i gather that 1) the book is way too easy for kids in 1st grade, which bummed me out that i wasted money on it! and 2) that the book had to have been very intriguing to my 7 year old boy (which made me OK that i spent money buying it even though it's too easy of a read for him!) I wasn't going to rate the book 3 stars because of it being too easy, so i gave it five, but wanted to put that warning out there. I am going to look for harder books for my little guy.
I really like this book! Sep 11, 2008
This book is about when the British soldiers came over to Lexington, Massachusetts. The British soldiers started a war. Sam is a boy who becomes a Minute Man, like his dad. In a battle, the British soldiers kill 8 people, and hurt Sam's friend, John. But in the next battle, Sam gets to shoot the British soldiers. He used to be scared, but then he becomes angry. I really liked this book. I think other boys would like it, and maybe some girls, too.
Helpful May 10, 2008
This book helps children understand what the Minutemen did for the British. It gives explainations that young children can understand. It also keeps their attention in wondering what is going to happen next. Characters are great. My son was able to visualize himself as being Sam. Wonderful book.
Sam The Minuteman Oct 9, 2007
My eight-year old son has been reading Sam The Minuteman for several years. He loves the book so much. Although the reading doesn't challenge him anymore, he continues to check it out at our Public Library time and time again. I am glad that he has chosen a good wholesome book as one of his favorites. I have gotten this copy for him as a Christmas Gift. Hopefully, he will continue to enjoy it and pass it on to his children. Good reading material is getting increasingly more difficult to find for 4-6 graders.
The Battle of Lexington from a boy's perspective Jan 31, 2007
When young Sam grabs his gun to enter The Battle of Lexington alongside his father, young readers won't help but wonder: What's going to happen to him? This central, suspenseful question is just one of the mature thematic elements encountered in Sam the Minuteman, a lean, accurate, and surprisingly contemplative historical narrative of the American Revolution's opening days. Benchley slips in key events and characters (the anonymous first shot, British Redcoats, Captain Parker, guerilla warfare) that may encourage young history enthusiasts to uncover the other stories behind Sam. Most provocatively, Benchley takes Sam on a hell-bent ("I'll shoot [the British soldiers]--every one!") revenge quest against his protective mother's pleas. This sub-plot alone may spark deep dialogue usually encountered in higher-level books.
Lobel, of Frog and Toad lore, illustrates with a smoky yet highly detailed pencil, and inks in a sparse amount of red and shades of ocher. His limited media and autumn palette connote the era's harsh agrarian lifestyle, and the stark "do-or-die" mentality of the colonists. Benchley douses his prose with rich poetic metaphors, describing the warring British troops as "a bright river of red," and deadly bullets that "buzzed about like bees."
The ending is abrupt, but Benchley's intention is to extend the conversation beyond the book's pages; quite likely to George the Drummer Boy, the companion piece to this book written from a British boy's perspective during the revolution.