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DOWNLOAD Ù The Silent Witness Ä Four year old Lula McLean lived on a plantation overlooking Bull Run Creek There her family grew wheat corn and oats In July 1861 troops fighting in the newly begun Civil War arrived on the McLeans’ front lawn in Manassas Virginia The peaceful countryside where Lula often spent time playing with her favorite rag doll Ng with her favorite rag doll became a campsite full of cannon and trenches and tentsWilmer McLean decided to relocate his family to a tiny village called Appomattox Court House away from the war and the troops But a few years later on April 9 1865 as Lula played with her rag doll two visit. Interesting book that would be relevant to a fifth grade study of the civil war Tells the story of the start of the civil war in the yard of a confederate family This confederate family later moved about 150 miles away and at the end of the civil war the head of the confederate army surrendered to the Union in the home of this same confederate family True story And the silent witness is a rag doll that sat on a couch and witnessed the surrender Union soldiers played catch with this rag doll afterwards and suprisingly this same rag doll is in a museum in Virgina today Very good story

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Four year old Lula McLean lived on a plantation overlooking Bull Run Creek There her family grew wheat corn and oats In July 1861 troops fighting in the newly begun Civil War arrived on the McLeans’ front lawn in Manassas Virginia The peaceful countryside where Lula often spent time playi. It is difficult to give this book a low rating because the story of Wilmer McLean and his family is such a wonderful true tale to tell with the Civil War started in his kitchen and ended in his parlor As a huge fan of local Northern Virginia history it is a delight to share this remarkable story of the family on whose property the Battles of Bull Run were fought and who later moved 120 miles south to Appomattox seek uiet and safety only to find their home commandeered as the location of the surrender of Lee to Grant I was so happy to find that the story existed in picture form told from the perspective of a rag doll of Wilmer's daughter Lula But I cannot recommend this bookI appreciated that the story did not shy away from mentioning slavery as the primary cause of the war But across all the pages depicting the idyllic scene of the McLean family farm and orchard there is no mention of the 14 enslaved people who were forced to tend the fields that grew the wheat corn and oats that the book credits Lula's family for growing The book mentions that the South wanted to preserve its way of life but no hint that that way of life involved suffering cruelty exploitation and heartbreak The illustrations make the extensive plantation and orchards look simply lovely and peaceful The enslaved people are literally disappeared from the sceneI might excuse this omission if the story truly focused only on the perspective of 4 year old Lula and her doll But it delves into the background of the Battle of Fort Sumpter the blockade of Southern ports the Battle of Gettysburg Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Sherman's capture of Atlanta Yet it completely fails to provide any perspective about the moral imperative of the war and the hope for freedom from bondage for enslaved people It could have been done in a picture book for the same audience Instead of completely whitewashing enslaved people from the story Lula's rag doll's perspective could have been coupled with the perspective of an enslaved child's corn husk doll or something similar The remarkable and notable coincidence of the destruction of the McLean's property could have been paired with the hopeful and promising truth that the fourteen people enslaved by the family at the beginning of the story were free at the endIt is such a disappointment to not be able to wholeheartedly recommend this book But the complete whitewashing of the true context of the McLean story and the erasure of the people they enslaved make it actually a dangerous story one that appears nostalgic about a way of life that never truly existed on the McLean farm I can actually see using this book with students perhaps at the middle or high school level and pairing it with nonfiction text about the McLean family and their enslaved people and then leading discussions about what was erased from the story and why and what effect the erasure has on readers and their understanding of history Without some fuller context though I would not recommend this book to children

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The Silent WitnessOrs in tall boots made their way into her house Lula and her doll were about to become part of American historyRobin Friedman and Claire A Nivola reveal through the story of Lula and her beloved doll the story of a nineteenth century family who saw the Civil War unfold before their very eye. This book tells the story of the Civil War from the eyes of a young innocent girl It shares important and historical facts that inform the reader of the darkness of the Civil War It gives these facts from the perspective of a child making it simple and easier for young readers to grasp these hard truths The author does a good job of informing the reader of the events that took place but does it in a way that the readers can understand This book is nonfiction literature and would be best suited for grades 2 5