The First American Colonists Dyslexia Series

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A Special Series of Books for Children Who Struggle to Read

As young children, we seem to emerge from elementary-level American history and social studies classes with the idea that the first Pilgrims came to the shores of America, built a few homes, were befriended by the local native people, and celebrated a happy Thanksgiving before plunging headlong into the colonization of the New World. Even after high school, we persist in carrying around the idea that our European ancestors landed at Plymouth Rock and lived happily ever after, smiling away as they built their log homes and cleared a few acres for a vegetable garden.

If we think critically, we know it can't have been that easy. But how much do we really remember—or did we ever even truly know—beyond that simple narrative of arrive, settle, colonize? Of course, it certainly was not that easy. In fact, many people died in the effort to settle in the new land that would someday become the United States of America, and many more struggled through one hardship after another to keep their small settlements going. It didn't help that some of the leaders made poor decisions along the way, at times turning friendly Native Americans into enemies. In the strange new continent, they needed all the help they could get.

Despite the effort involved, the settlers persisted, and more people began to come over from Europe with bright dreams that the newly discovered continent surely would fulfill. Many of the colonists were ambitious men who came in the service of their home countries to claim parts of the New World as theirs. In the Pilgrims' case, it was so that they could enjoy the freedom of religion that they were denied at home. But it was a wild, unforgiving land that they were trying to tame, and it was only with courage and determination that those who succeeded did so. The settlers faced frustration and loss; they made mistakes; they underestimated the hard work involved in carving an existence into the American wilderness. But they kept at it until they had established colonies so that they and others like them could pursue those bright dreams across the ocean and try to make them come true.

Yes, the Europeans arrived, settled, and colonized, but the truth is far more complex than that, and this series of four stories illustrates that truth. No one who reads these books will grow up believing that old, idealized narrative about the first American colonists. That narrative is nice, but the truth offers valuable lessons of hard work and perseverance that will benefit children for the rest of their lives.

These books are printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that makes them easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. A special feature of the books is that each two-page spread contains a QR code that links to audio of the book being narrated. Children can listen and follow along to help them learn the words that they are seeing.

The First American Colonists Dyslexia Series offers a way for children with reading difficulties to enjoy reading and American history in a rare and wonderfully accessible combination that they will treasure for years to come.

Note: Although each title is meant to be a standalone book, important terms are defined or explained in the first book in which they appear, and the stories build upon one another, making the reading of the books in chronological order a more rewarding experience for children who are new to the topic.

To view all of the Adventures on the American Frontier dyslexia series, click here.

To view a standard-font edition of the stories in this series presented together as a single biographical novel without the audio feature, click here.

A Special Series of Books for Children Who Struggle to Read

As young children, we seem to emerge from elementary-level American history and social studies classes with the idea that the first Pilgrims came to the shores of America, built a few homes, were befriended by the local native people, and celebrated a happy Thanksgiving before plunging headlong into the colonization of the New World. Even after high school, we persist in carrying around the idea that our European ancestors landed at Plymouth Rock and lived happily ever after, smiling away as they built their log homes and cleared a few acres for a vegetable garden.

If we think critically, we know it can't have been that easy. But how much do we really remember—or did we ever even truly know—beyond that simple narrative of arrive, settle, colonize? Of course, it certainly was not that easy. In fact, many people died in the effort to settle in the new land that would someday become the United States of America, and many more struggled through one hardship after another to keep their small settlements going. It didn't help that some of the leaders made poor decisions along the way, at times turning friendly Native Americans into enemies. In the strange new continent, they needed all the help they could get.

Despite the effort involved, the settlers persisted, and more people began to come over from Europe with bright dreams that the newly discovered continent surely would fulfill. Many of the colonists were ambitious men who came in the service of their home countries to claim parts of the New World as theirs. In the Pilgrims' case, it was so that they could enjoy the freedom of religion that they were denied at home. But it was a wild, unforgiving land that they were trying to tame, and it was only with courage and determination that those who succeeded did so. The settlers faced frustration and loss; they made mistakes; they underestimated the hard work involved in carving an existence into the American wilderness. But they kept at it until they had established colonies so that they and others like them could pursue those bright dreams across the ocean and try to make them come true.

Yes, the Europeans arrived, settled, and colonized, but the truth is far more complex than that, and this series of four stories illustrates that truth. No one who reads these books will grow up believing that old, idealized narrative about the first American colonists. That narrative is nice, but the truth offers valuable lessons of hard work and perseverance that will benefit children for the rest of their lives.

These books are printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that makes them easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. A special feature of the books is that each two-page spread contains a QR code that links to audio of the book being narrated. Children can listen and follow along to help them learn the words that they are seeing.

The First American Colonists Dyslexia Series offers a way for children with reading difficulties to enjoy reading and American history in a rare and wonderfully accessible combination that they will treasure for years to come.

Note: Although each title is meant to be a standalone book, important terms are defined or explained in the first book in which they appear, and the stories build upon one another, making the reading of the books in chronological order a more rewarding experience for children who are new to the topic.

To view all of the Adventures on the American Frontier dyslexia series, click here.

To view a standard-font edition of the stories in this series presented together as a single biographical novel without the audio feature, click here.

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The First Colony in America

Subtitle: The First American Colonists, Part One

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Settlers in America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 61

ISBN: 978-0-88092-896-0

Order code: 8960

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $12.00 each.
Order code: 8960S

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In 1562, Frenchmen arrived on American soil intending to start a colony there. But the Spanish, who were settling the region to the south, didn't like the French moving in on what they considered their territory, and they decided to try to stop them. In the middle of the conflict was a tribe of Native Americans who had lived in the area long before any Europeans claimed the land as theirs. Which country would prevail to build the first white colony in what would later become the United States of America?

In 1562, Frenchmen arrived on American soil intending to start a colony there. But the Spanish, who were settling the region to the south, didn't like the French moving in on what they considered their territory, and they decided to try to stop them. In the middle of the conflict was a tribe of Native Americans who had lived in the area long before any Europeans claimed the land as theirs. Which country would prevail to build the first white colony in what would later become the United States of America?

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Mystery at Roanoke Island

Subtitle: The First American Colonists, Part Two

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Settlers in America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 28

ISBN: 978-0-89824-896-8

Order code: 8968

Price: $15.00
Website price: $8.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $6.00 each.
Order code: 8968S

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In the sixteenth century, both the French and the Spanish were claiming North America as theirs, but England felt that it had a right to the land as well. So a group of English men and women went to the New World to start a colony and establish England's claim of ownership. They landed on Roanoke Island and began building a settlement there. The leader went back to England for supplies, but when he returned, he found the place deserted. Where had everyone gone?

In the sixteenth century, both the French and the Spanish were claiming North America as theirs, but England felt that it had a right to the land as well. So a group of English men and women went to the New World to start a colony and establish England's claim of ownership. They landed on Roanoke Island and began building a settlement there. The leader went back to England for supplies, but when he returned, he found the place deserted. Where had everyone gone?

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Mystery at Roanoke Island sample pages:

John Smith: The Man Who Saved Jamestown

Subtitle: The First American Colonists, Part Three

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Settlers in America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 61

ISBN: 978-0-89824-897-5

Order code: 8975

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $12.00 each.
Order code: 8975S

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Captain John Smith arrived in the New World in 1607 as a prisoner in chains. The men he'd set sail with thought he wanted to take over as leader, and they didn't appreciate his challenges to their authority. But John was smart and a hard worker, and those same men soon learned that they needed his help to establish their new colony of Jamestown. In fact, John was a natural leader, and without him, the story of Jamestown would have been quite different.

Captain John Smith arrived in the New World in 1607 as a prisoner in chains. The men he'd set sail with thought he wanted to take over as leader, and they didn't appreciate his challenges to their authority. But John was smart and a hard worker, and those same men soon learned that they needed his help to establish their new colony of Jamestown. In fact, John was a natural leader, and without him, the story of Jamestown would have been quite different.

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The Mayflower Brings the First Pilgrims to Plymouth

Subtitle: The First American Colonists, Part Four

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Settlers in America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Pages: 41

ISBN: 978-0-88092-897-7

Order code: 8977

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 8977S

The Mayflower Brings the First Pilgrims to Plymouth Cover

Most people know that the Pilgrims came to America on a ship named the Mayflower, but not many people know just how difficult it was for the settlers to build the colony of Plymouth. The first winter was hard, and many Pilgrims died. But with the help of local Native American tribes, they hung on, clinging to their dream of a place where they could worship as they pleased. It took dedication and perseverance on the part of many people, but in the end, Plymouth stood strong.

Most people know that the Pilgrims came to America on a ship named the Mayflower, but not many people know just how difficult it was for the settlers to build the colony of Plymouth. The first winter was hard, and many Pilgrims died. But with the help of local Native American tribes, they hung on, clinging to their dream of a place where they could worship as they pleased. It took dedication and perseverance on the part of many people, but in the end, Plymouth stood strong.

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The First American Colonists Dyslexia Set

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Dyslexia-Friendly Books; Early America; Settlers in America

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Order code: 8960SET

Price: $70.00
Website price: $40.00

The First American Colonists Dyslexia Set Cover

This set includes all four books in the series: The First Colony in America, Mystery at Roanoke Island, John Smith: The Man Who Saved Jamestown, and The Mayflower Brings the First Pilgrims to Plymouth, all offered together at a reduced price.

This set includes all four books in the series: The First Colony in America, Mystery at Roanoke Island, John Smith: The Man Who Saved Jamestown, and The Mayflower Brings the First Pilgrims to Plymouth, all offered together at a reduced price.

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