Beginning with a map and timetable of the 13 original colonies, young readers learn about life in Colonial America. Words to know are highlighted and explained right on the page. Additional related facts are found in small sidebars along with occasional comparisons of life “Then and Now”. Five chapters showcase life in the towns, modes of transportation, what people did for entertainment, how news was shared within towns and surrounding areas, and the homes and lives of nearby Native American tribes. A glossary page, which repeats all the highlighted words within the text, books of Colonial American projects, museums to visit, websites, and an index are included. All website links work but are at a higher reading level than this book. They do provide interesting additional information. Other books in this series focus on clothes, food, homes, jobs, families, farms, and traditions. This is a good resource for elementary libraries.