Reviews for Sports
Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 May/June
This strong series gives a thorough overview of the achievements of African Americans in the United States. Each title does an excellent job of referencing the struggles and roadblocks encountered by both key and lesser-known figures, while celebrating their accomplishments. The authors include information about people from colonial times to the present day. Military is particularly engaging and useful; it fills a gap as one usually only sees books about a particular fighting force such as the Buffalo Soldiers. There are detailed timelines, a comprehensive index, and a "Try This" critical thinking activity that teachers could adapt into a class assignment. There is an accompanying website which provides additional web resources, streaming media, and activities. Websites and media are current and relevant, truly adding value to the books and extending learning opportunities. Glossary. Michelle Glatt, Librarian, Chiddix Junior High, Normal, Illinois. RECOMMENDED. Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.
School Library Journal Reviews 2011 November
Gr 4-6--Instead of featuring the lives of individual people, this series focuses on broad topics as they relate to African-American accomplishments throughout history. Chapters are arranged chronologically, but the books feel slightly disorganized and crammed full of information. All of them have captioned photos and text boxes. Vocabulary words are in bold throughout and defined in glossaries at the end. Readers can access videos, embedded links, slide shows, quizzes, and other online resources through a dedicated website. The series would be good for getting quick facts, but students who want deeper analysis of these subjects will need to view the additional material and/or do further research. [Page 73]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.