The Declaration of Independence Wasn't Signed on July 4th: Exposing Myths About Independence Day

9781482457223. ea vol: 32p. (Exposed!: Myths About Early American History). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Gareth Stevens. Jan. 2017. lib. ed. $25.25.
Gr 2–4—Attractive though ultimately unsatisfying selections. The text is concise and engaging. Monotone backgrounds with bold, black fonts are visually appealing. However, there is no real exposing here, because the "myths" are not actually widely held but erroneous beliefs. For instance, one myth in Paul Revere reads, "The British couldn't have won the war." This is a false statement but not a widely held view. Though this series claims to reveal historical falsehoods, it doesn't cite sources, which would have been a big plus.
VERDICT An intriguing concept presented in an appealing way, but this set lacks substance.

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