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December 19, 2010

Amish Home

Amish Home by Raymond Bial: Book Cover

Amish Home


Author: Raymond Bial


Page Length: 40    


Reading Level: 7


Genre: Non-Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: Raymond Bial writes an informative book about the history and lifestyle of the Amish people.  He illustrates with authentic pictures from the Amish communities of the northeastern states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa.

Biel summarizes the moral views of the Amish, discusses their work, family, and leisure lifestyles and how notes how their lifestyles compare with the typical American.

REVIEW: The author does an excellent job of describing the lifestyles of the Amish.  He includes their origination, the beliefs that support their lifestyle, and some of the modern technological advances they do use.

This book could be used as a supplement to a research study or enjoyed by students who like short non-fiction books.

AREAS FOR TEACHING: Historical Context, Compare/Contrast, and Main Idea and Supporting Details


RELATED BOOKS: Growing Up Amish, The Amish, An Amish Family

MOVIE CONNECTIONS: Saving Sarah Cain (2007), Witness (1985)


REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner


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