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World War I for Kids: A History with 21 Activities (For Kids series) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-21 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 10 user ratings
ISBN:1613745567
LANGUAGE:English

" This was better than any history class I ever took - in high school or college. Would be a great homeschooling resource. " said.

" As an amateur reader of history, I loved the chapters that were TOPICS more than the ones that were chronology/politics.My review is here: http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2014/... " said.

"Kids these days hunger for books like this. When I place a book on the shelf about war or fighting or hunting, that book is grabbed and checked out so quick that I often can’t see who managed to wrest it out of whom’s hands. The text is too difficult for my primary children, of course, and probably too tricky for even the elementary kids to maneuver through, but they won’t be checking it out as a read-through book. No, it’s a browsable book, with photos that tell the story well enough that one can make it to the end with a good-enough understanding of this war by just reading captions. And for this generation of readers that’s perfect.
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"This is basically a textbook on World War 1. Just because there are activities in the book meant for 3-5th grades, doesn't mean that this book is appropriate or would appeal to 3rd-5th grade students. If anything, I would say the book is more appropriate for middle and high school students. Although the information is thorough, accurate to my knowledge, and somewhat simplified, I just found it boring. There are many photographs that are appealing, and a full glossary and bibliography is included as well.

As far as using it as part of instruction, I don't see how this book would fit into an elementary or middle school curriculum, which rarely covers WW1. I more see this as an inclusion into a classroom library for interested students. It would take a VERY interested student who wants to learn about wars or World War 1 specifically to find this appealing.

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"World War I, or "The Great War," is a complex subject or topic. It can be difficult for adults to understand at times. I thought Rasmussen did an admirable job in simplifying it for middle grade readers in his World War I for Kids. He breaks the war down into twelve chapters:

The Road to War
Stalemate on the Western Front
Trench Warfare
Other Fronts
The Weapons of War
The War at Sea
The War in the Air
Animals Go to War
Enter the United States
The Home Fronts
Ending the Fighting
Beyond the Armistice

Each chapter has at least one activity associated with it. For example, the first chapter, "The Road to War," the activity is making a military recruiting poster. The activities vary, which, in my opinion, is a very good thing. Other activities include: writing a poem about the war, pressing flowers to send home from the war, reading a world war I era adventure novel, making parachutes and gas masks, training a dog to carry a message, cooking "Maconochie Stew." There are twenty-one activities in all.

I found the book to be informative, very well-researched. The layout was nice as well, plenty of photographs and maps. It is always important for nonfiction to be as appealing as possible. As I was reading it, a few Horrible Histories sketches came to mind, which was good fun.
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"It is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I in 2014, and Chicago Review Press is releasing World War I for Kids:  A History with 21 Activities by R. Kent Rasmussen April 1 to commemorate the event.

This title is particularly well written. It covers all the significant events (for example, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the sinking of the Lusitania), but rather than emphasizing dates and lists of battles, it is more of an overview of how WWI changed warfare and the world.

Have you tried books in the "For Kids" series from Chicago Review Press yet? They are unique because they emphasize hands-on activities to reinforce learning. Nothing makes concepts stick like having to apply them in the real world. Examples of activities included in this book are making a periscope, teaching a dog to carry messages, making a parachute, and cooking a ration commonly fed to the troops called Maconochie Stew.

World War I for Kids is a must-have for serious young history buffs, particularly those interested in war history. It definitely could be a resource for high school students studying world history, as it covers WWI with a clarity and depth not found in most textbooks. It is also appropriate for Women’s History Month and Black History Month, as it emphasizes the contributions of women and African Americans.

Want to find out more? Check Wrapped in Foil for the full review and activity suggestions.
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"Don't laugh. About the "for Kids" part. I've been wanting for quite some time to understand World War I, and this was a great way to achieve that -- or, I should say, now I understand WHAT happened, but I don't think there will ever be a sufficient answer to WHY it happened.

I would say this book is geared to a middle-school audience. It has all the pertinent facts and background, without getting bogged down in extraneous minutiae. I started reading it Friday night and finished early Saturday afternoon, and yes, had slept and eaten and all that stuff. It is an easy read! But so many interesting facts -- like, when the U.S. entered the War, the size of servicemen in all branches put together was less than the number of people the Allies in Europe were losing EVERY DAY on the battlefields. I was amazed to learn how after an initial Central Powers push, the war continued for 3-1/2 years basically within a few miles of that same point; millions lost with virtually nothing to show for it. What a waste... While covering the battles, the book also includes what was going on on the home front, not just in the U.S. but other countries as well.

Recently the History Channel ran a 3-part series on the World Wars, which we watched, and basically it started out with "After Franz Ferdinand was assassinated", this happened, that happened, etc. But WHY was he assassinated, and why did it matter? This book answered those questions, and many many more.

I got this book out of the library, but already have World War II for Kids in my home library; I bought it a while back for my grandson to look at. He has not done so, but I sure will be!
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" This was better than any history class I ever took - in high school or college. Would be a great homeschooling resource. " said.

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