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Chapter by Chapter Summary
Chapter One: Apple Butter Day
Chapter Two: Loose Tooth Tea
Chapter Three: Tea in the River
Chapter Four: Bananabelle
Chapter Five: A Bright Red Cardinal Bird
Looking Back: School in 1774
Discusses education during colonial times. Topics covered:
- The use of hornbooks, quill pens and copybooks to teach children how to read and write.
- Wealthy children being taught by tutors, with some boys going on to attend the College of William and Mary, where they could start at age 12 and stay all the way through college.
- Opinions regarding the education of girls, as they were taught the arts of housewifery by their mothers to assist in learning how to run a household.
- Lessons girls were taught by teachers, such as learning how to dance, play musical instruments, practicing fancy stitchery, and the proper way of serving tea.
- Tea lessons serving as a way to not only practice good manners, but to learn how to carry polite conversations and to remind colonists of their English background and traditions.
- The difference in viewpoints between Patriots and Loyalists - Patriots believed the colonies should be independent from England while Loyalists believed the colonies should still be ruled by the King.
- Famous and important Patriots in the 1770s, including Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Patrick Henry.