Reviews for Great Depression and World War II : 1929 to 1945

Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 May/June
Stories in each title are told through the eyes of a student who acts as a historian gathering facts, artifacts, and photographs from interviews, museums, and other locations. A mission is given at the beginning of each book. "Consider This" asks the reader to think about what might have happened if another path had been chosen. Sidebars offer information, "Further Missions" gives the reader more activities. Although the chapters are short, these are good starter books for historical periods. Librarians will want to add these books to their collection as they deal with research, prediction, and creative problem solving. Bibliography. Glossary. Websites. Table of Contents. Index. Sue N. Howard, Educational Reviewer, Memphis, Tennessee. RECOMMENDED. Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 November

Gr 4-6--On the first page of each title, readers learn that their "mission" is to "think like a historian" so that they can learn about the past. Then, unnamed young narrators take family road trips and visit museums and living-history parks and interact, complete with dialogue, with fictional historians and museum staff, who help them discuss and analyze topics. The books close with "Mission Accomplished" summaries and suggestions for further activities. The format and large font limit space for significant background information and details, and the narratives often seem gimmicky, factors that will limit the usefulness of and audience for these books.

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