Nick finished reading another book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series, and our library bag only had audio books left in it. So tonight we started listening to a historical fiction title, Silent Thunder: A Civil War Story by Andrea Davis Pinkney.
This is a story of slave children in Virginia in the 1860’s, so it will be interesting to see how it portrays this part of our own state’s history. We’ve just heard the opening chapters, and the narration is alternating between male and female voices representing Summer and Roscoe, two children growing up and working on a Virginia plantation.
We enjoy using historical fiction as jumping off points for learning history. I noticed that some reviews of Silent Thunder say there are some historical inaccuracies. For us, that’s part of process–we often discuss what these books get right and wrong, as well as keeping straight which parts of the novel are actually historical and which are fiction. While sometimes an author takes liberties with a few facts to make things fit together–and these points need to be noted–the stories make the setting and context more memorable than some other approaches to learning history.