Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party

Matt Doeden
Illustrator:  Charles Barnett III , Dave Hoover 
Nonfiction Graphic Novel  Series
For ages 8 to 10
Capstone Press, 2005   ISBN: 978-0736838467

It is hard to imagine that anything as commonplace as tea could cause such a fuss but in the English colonies in America in 1773 this is exactly what happened. In England the government decided that it would tax the American colonists for the tea that they bought from the English. Furthermore the Americans were not allowed to buy tea from anyone else. When the Americans said that they wouldn't buy the English tea, the English warned them that they would be taxed for the tea whether it was bought or not.

A small group of Americans then decided that they had to show the English that they would not accept being treated in such a high-handed manner and the fought back by staging a protest. One night a group of disguised colonists dumped an entire shipment of English tea into Boston harbor. What followed was a series of disagreements which one and a half years later culminated in the American Revolutionary War

Illustrated in a comic book/graphic novel format, this account of what occurred during the infamous Boston tea party and why it occurred will engage even the most reluctant reader and the child who is sure that history is exceedingly dull. It brings the story to life, giving the principal characters in the story faces as well as names.

This is one of the books in the excellent "Graphic Library" published by Capstone Press.