[download Textbooks] A Full HandAuthor Thomas F. Yezerski – Albawater.co

I love historical picture books and this one does not disappoint The subject is unique operating canal barges during the 1800 s which is a nice change from the usual topics covered in children s picture books The illustrations in this one are beautiful watercolor, and though the story s ending seems a bit abrupt, I still feel this is worth the read. This book could be a great way to introduce a social studies lesson or even be used in a unit It provides students with a little background of what traveling was like back in the day Gives a good compare and contrast of life transportation back then and life transportation now. The story begins with a forward about what canals were and what things were like during the 19th century with hauling things Asa is a nine year old and father is the captain of a canal boat He needs him to help when a driver quits and he will have his first full hand Asa s mother reminds him that his father was a mule drive one time as well and they wish him luck It is Asa s job to lead the mules after they get the coal As the trip went on, Asa began to get the hang of leading the mules Th The story begins with a forward about what canals were and what things were like during the 19th century with hauling things Asa is a nine year old and father is the captain of a canal boat He needs him to help when a driver quits and he will have his first full hand Asa s mother reminds him that his father was a mule drive one time as well and they wish him luck It is Asa s job to lead the mules after they get the coal As the trip went on, Asa began to get the hang of leading the mules There was then a big storm that scared the mules The load was spilled and the captain dad was hurt His dad the captain was in the rushing water until Asa put the pole in the water to save him The story ends with the boy and his father talking about Asa and what he wants to be when he grows up before starting on a new day This book, for ages 7 10, tells a page in the history of the old canal systems Young Asa gets a chance to help his father, a barge captain, as he carries coal from Pennsylvania to New Jersey and New York The story is entertaining and the illustrations give us a glimpse into the historical time period when mules pulled barges along the canals This is a fine book, and young engineers will find some of the old canal workings interesting, but I found it lacked depth. Would be great for a social studies lesson or unit The pictures are fun too. Sweet and interesting story about a 9 year old boy and the first time he helped his father navigate down the Morris Canal The father son bond is strong and loving, and kids will be interested in the various technology used to navigate goods using the canal system. A boy s initiation into old time canal transport Asa doesn t know what to expect when his mother tells him it s time he made his first full hand After all, he s only nine years old But his father needs some help He carries coal on his boat along the canal all the way across New Jersey, and he needs Asa to drive the two mules who pull the boat While leading the mules along their route, Asa learns about loading at the coal chutes and the mechanisms of locks, aqueducts, and inclined planes Finally, when a violent storm threatens the mission, Asa finds out what it really means to make a full hand Set against a backdrop of luminous illustrations, fascinating information about old time canal freighting is seamlessly woven into this warm and exciting father and son story