Nathan of Yesteryear and Michael of Today

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Michael is Nathan’s great, great grandson. Michael’s family has lived in the same town, and in the same house, for several generations. This book takes a look at what day-to-day life was like for Nathan as a boy in the 1800s and what it is like for Michael today. The reader will see the changes in the house, the town, and even in th environment. The comparisons cover advances in power, construction, light, transportation, communication, education, entertainment, and home life.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2006-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV013030, JUV016000
Dewey 303.4'00973
Graphics Full-color illustrations
ATOS Reading Level 4.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 107743
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Reviewed

Author: Brian Heinz

Illustrator: Joanne Friar

Joanne Friar grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth where she studied illustration and photography. She and her family make their home in Somerset, Massachusetts.



“In intricately detailed watercolor and pencil art and descriptive prose, this picture book for older children raises thought-provoking questions about change and progress.”

Library Media Connection

“This is an excellent way to get young readers thinking about their community, its history, and its future.”
Library Media Connection

Yellow Brick Road

“Michael is a typical 11-year-old boy in modern times and Nathan is a typical boy in the 1880s. The intriguing compare/contrast narrative of their daily lives in the same place, different times is a fine model for writing projects in the Social Studies.”
Yellow Brick Road