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Awesome America: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the History, People, and Culture (Time for Kids) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-27 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 31 user ratings
ISBN:1618931490
LANGUAGE:English

"Paired with:
Czekaj, J. (2015). Austin, lost in America: A geography adventure. New York, NY: Balzer and Bray.

Rationale:
I chose to pair these two books because both have an "exploring America" theme to them. The non-fiction book is written with many different sections or chapters. There are sections about how America began, Native Americans, the founding fathers, and much much more. I would start this pairing with the fiction title however, because it is less overwhelming. Austin, a lost puppy travels to all 50 states and then finds out some small fact about each state. This is an engaging and interesting way to learn more about each state. Students can then dive into the non-fiction in Awesome America to learn more in depth things about what makes America an awesome place to live. These pair well because the fiction book is more fun and silly, but still involves facts and learning, while the non-fiction book is designed for browsing, where students can still learn about their country but they can pick and choose what to look for and read about.

Text Structures/Text Features:
This book has many text features. It contains a table of contents, headings, sub-headings, photos with captions, many timelines, and a glossary. This book is easy to navigate and can be used to teach about America, but also to teach students how to use these features efficiently.
The structure of the book is very chronological. It follows the history of American in the basic order it happened. Some chapters are slightly different--for example the last chapter is a timeline of what happened in each year in America--but overall it is chronological.

Non-Fiction Strategy Application:
A strategy I would use for Awesome America would be the RAN strategy created by Tony Stead. It would work perfectly for use after reading the fiction book about Austin, but before diving into the non-fiction twin. I would create a chart on the board with the headings for RAN (Prior Knowledge, Confirmed, New Learning, Misconceptions, and Wanderings) and we would fill out or begin the chart before reading. During and after reading, I would have students add to the chart or raise their hand to have me add to the chart so that we can build that understanding of new information together.

Camp, D. (2010, February). It takes two: Teaching with twin texts of fact and fiction. The Reading Teacher, 53(5), 400-408.
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" A clean but engaging layout and interesting facts make this a great book for kids. I expected as much since is by TIME.I received an ARC from NetGalley. " said.

" An excellent reference book for classrooms and families. " said.

" Colorful and well-designed, this book is filled with facts - some familiar, some new, some head-scratch-provoking. It's a browser's delight. " said.

" This is a great resource book about America that contains photographs and many other text features. Fourteen chapters include information about presidents, the States, Great Americans, Civil Rights, and much more! " said.

" This gorgeous picture book is an overview of American history. It has lovely photographs and graphical elements that give lots of facts about the course of American history. It would be a great starting place for research projects about American history, but doesn't give enough information about any single topic to be a great resource that way. It does do a wonderful job of engaging practically anyone and I think this would be a great addition to a library. " said.

" Awesome America, from the Editors of Time for Kids Magazine is a great book. For young readers, it can be broken down and read slowly. For older readers, it provides a great review of many of the things that made our country great. The tour of the states is especially interesting. It makes you want to get in the car and visit each one! Thanks to Netgalley and Time Inc. for the advanced reader copy, in exchange for an honest review. " said.

" Awesome win from goodreads!!This is a big, colorful hardcover book that will entertain and educate kids about pretty much everything - not just the settling of America, our government, the states and the presidents, many major historical events, but immigration, music, idioms, etc. It has great pictures on all pages and my kids ages 5-11 found this interesting to look through. I think it would be great for any age because most of us could probably use a refresher course in history! " said.

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