HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Gristmill: Historic Communities
Author: Bobbie Kalman
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company, 1990
ISBN-13: 978-0865054868 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 086505486X Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-0865055063 Paperback
ISBN-10: 0865055068 Paperback
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 6-9 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Kalman, Bobbie. The Gristmill: Historic Communities (published in 1990 by Crabtree Publishing Company, 350 Fifth Ave., Suite 3308, New York City, NY 10118). When our boys were growing up, any time we were near a historic mill that was still working and open to the public, we always tried to visit it. Early pioneers would travel from far and wide to visit the gristmill for the essential service of having their grain ground, and communities often developed in areas where gristmills had been built. In The Gristmill young readers will learn all about locating, building, and operating a gristmill. Colorful photos, many taken by author Bobbie Kalman herself at restored historic mills, and paintings nicely illustrate the simple but informative text.
Did you know that a miller could tell by the feel of the flour between his thumb and fingers if his machinery was running properly, and that this skill came to be known as the “rule of thumb”? Kalman’s acclaimed “Historic Communities” Series provides a close-up view of how people lived more than two hundred years ago. There are some seventeen other books in the series. I have previously reviewed another one of them, Early Schools. They would make excellent complements to a homeschool or classroom study of early American history. A glossary and an index in the back of the book add to the educational value.