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September 21, 2007

Give the gift of reading this holiday season

Looking for a gift tailored to people of all ages on your gift list? Books are the ideal solution and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation offers a selection for everyone on your list.

Books for young readers allow children to develop their reading skills and learn about Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area at the same time. Toddlers on your list will enjoy two board books, “Animals at Colonial Williamsburg” and “Colonial Colors.” These books each retail for $6.95.

“D is for Drums: A Colonial Williamsburg ABC” will enthrall beginning readers. Colonial Williamsburg’s popular Hotch Potch figures take young readers on a colorful tour of colonial times that is full of surprises. Illustrated by Kay Chorao, “D is for Drums” retails for $16.95.

Young readers can experience the excitement of the world of espionage in Colonial Williamsburg’s newly published “Red Thunder,” a historical novel by John P. Hunter. The novel follows the adventures of 14-year-old Nate Chandler and his enslaved friend James, as they went about the dangerous business of espionage which helped defeat the British Army and win the American Revolution. “Red Thunder” retails for $6.95.

For those who want holiday decorations and ideas inspired by Colonial Williamsburg’s style, “Christmas Decorations from Colonial Williamsburg” fits the bill. Author Susan Hight Rountree illustrates how to make wreaths, swags, plaques, cones, topiaries, kissing balls, trees, and even holiday tables in colonial style, in this book. Cost is $19.95.

Rountree’s latest book, “From a Colonial Garden: Ideas, Decorations, Recipes,” offers decorating and dining ideas for the holidays and year-round. Cost is $19.95.

For gifts of good taste, “Holiday Fare: Favorite Williamsburg Recipes,” John Gonzales serves up more than 60 genuinely American recipes. This cookbook combines the history and local flavor of Colonial Williamsburg’s famed Christmastide activities and creates a concise culinary guide for the entire celebratory season. Cost is $16.95.

Antique collectors will enjoy “Degrees of Latitude: Mapping Colonial America” by Margaret Beck Pritchard and Henry G. Taliaferro. This illustrated volume goes beyond standard cartobibliographical analysis to examine the inspiration behind the production of 73 maps, atlases and sea charts. Cost is $75.

History buffs will enjoy John E. Selby’s masterful history, “The Revolution in Virginia, 1775-1783,” which was reissued in a softbound edition in 2007. This scholarly account analyzes the political, administrative and military history of Virginia and stresses the contribution in both men and material to the new nation’s war effort. Cost is $19.95.

“Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown: The Official Guide to America’s Historic Triangle” also appeals to history buffs. Published for America’s 400th Anniversary, the book includes a history of the region that explains not just what happened here – but why it matters. Information included in the book reaches beyond the boundaries of the Historic Triangle, offering a lively and lavishly illustrated guide to the entire region. Cost is $14.95.

These books can be purchased in Colonial Williamsburg retail outlets, by phone at 1-800-446-9240 and at the e-commerce site,

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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