Tuttle’s Red Barn: The Story of America’s Oldest Family Farm
Penguin Group (2007)
Reviewed by Matthew Feliciano (age 7.5) for Reader Views (1/08)
There are many interesting facts about the Tuttles in this book. The Tuttles were America’s first farmers. John Tuttle was the father and his wife was Dorothy. They had four children who each went on to have children. All of the Tuttle families were farmers.
To keep their farm running, John Tuttle used rocks and cements to fill in the cracks in the winter. They learned to fertilize with shells and how to trade in town for supplies to send to their family in England. Some of the Tuttles went off to fight in a war. The Tuttles that remained built bigger homes for the families and continued to be farmers.
The Tuttles became part of the Underground Railroad and helped slaves escape to freedom. Each generation of Tuttles grew with the times of their society and did what needed to be done. Overall, I loved this book, “Tuttle’s Red Barn,” because I learned a lot about America and the Tuttles.