Reviews for Voices of World War II : Stories from the Front Lines

Library Media Connection Reviews 2011 March/April
These slim volumes with low-level vocabulary personalize war. They present many aspects of the conflicts, including the emotions involved, the harsh conditions under which the military fought, and the fierce determination to support a cause. Each book starts with a chapter explaining the origin of the conflict and ends with a chapter that explains the resolution of the war. Chapters highlighting individuals who were involved are written in a style that gives immediacy to historic events. Some chapters contain primary quotations, but most chapters are in narrative format. People on both sides of the conflict are represented, as are minorities. The books are attractive and eye-catching with colorful drawings and b&w photographs. Suitable for hi/lo reading at the high school level, this series is primarily geared toward upper elementary and middle school students. Bibliography. Glossary. Index. Recommended. Lois McNicol, Librarian, Garnet Valley High School, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania [Ed tor's Note: Also available in paperback. A volume on the Civil War was not seen by our reviewer.] ¬ 2011 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 November

Gr 4-6--These books don't quite live up to their billing as "engaging…first-hand accounts" of individuals directly involved in the conflicts. Dark colors, bold fonts, and battlefield artwork and photography suggest compelling content, but the writing just doesn't deliver. It's surprisingly flat and disengaged, failing to convey wartime emotions, and the profiles of, for example, U.S. Army captain Eddie Rickenbacker and Russian peasant Maria Botchkareva in World War I, are superficial and abbreviated. These books might serve some low-level readers just coming to the subject matter, but they, too, will likely feel frustrated at the lack of in-depth, interesting information on these people who deserve better copy than they get here.

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