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All About America: The Industrial Revolution

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Be part of history in action! Travel back in time to the most exciting and inspiring periods in American history. Action-packed and historically accurate, All About America covers the most important periods in the history of a burgeoning nation, from Colonists and Independence to The Civil War, and from Cowboys and the Wild West to the early inhabitants, the Native Americans. With detailed reconstructions and original artwork from each period, find yourself immersed in the incredible action, as you confront the ...

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Overview

Be part of history in action! Travel back in time to the most exciting and inspiring periods in American history. Action-packed and historically accurate, All About America covers the most important periods in the history of a burgeoning nation, from Colonists and Independence to The Civil War, and from Cowboys and the Wild West to the early inhabitants, the Native Americans. With detailed reconstructions and original artwork from each period, find yourself immersed in the incredible action, as you confront the redcoats, catch gold fever, journey West, and ride the trails, your trusty lasso at your side.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Shot through with vague generalities and paired to a mix of equally generic period images and static new art, this overview remorselessly sucks all the juice from its topic. This survey of the growth of industries in this country from the Colonial period to the post–World War II era is written in the driest of textbook-ese: "Factories needed good transportation so that materials could reach them and so that materials could reach buyers"; "The metal iron is obtained by heating iron ore"; "In 1860, the North said that free men, not slaves, should do the work." This text is supplemented by a jumble of narrative-overview blocks, boxed side observations and terse captions on each thematic spread. The design is packed with overlapping, misleadingly seamless and rarely differentiated mixes of small, heavily trimmed contemporary prints or (later) photos and drab reconstructions of workshop or factory scenes, along with pictures of significant inventions and technological innovations (which are, in several cases, reduced to background design elements). The single, tiny map has no identifying labels. Other new entries in the All About America series deal similarly with Explorers, Trappers, and Pioneers, A Nation of Immigrants and Stagecoaches and Railroads. Utilitarian, at best—but more likely to dim reader interest than kindle it. (index, timeline, resource lists) (Nonfiction. 8-10)
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School Library Journal

These attractive volumes provide solid information. . . . Strengths consistent throughout the four books include engaging text, well-selected illustrations, a one-paragraph introduction on the contents page that summarizes the scope of the book, and translation of period costs to current dollar values. These texts cover a wide span of time and history; this scope, along with some of the surprising information in the many pull-out boxes, leaves readers wanting more. That is not necessarily a bad thing, as students can follow up with further research on the topics of interest.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753466704
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Series: All About America Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,394,192
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Robert Walker has written more than 25 books for adults and younger readers, with a special emphasis on the American West. Among his recent titles, Remember Little Bighorn (National Geographic 2006) received multiples awards including School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and Remember the Alamo (National Geographic 2007) won the June Franklin Naylor Award, given by the Daughters of the Republic Texas to the best book for children on Texas history. Walker lives in Escondido, California.

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Table of Contents

In Colonial Times 4

A Trading Nation 6

Powered by Nature 8

The First Mills 10

Canals and Factories 12

Natural Resources 14

Industrial Strength 16

An Inventive Age 18

Industrial Giants 20

Mass Production 22

Progress and War 24

From Boom to Bust 26

New Industrial Age 28

Glossary 30

Timeline 31

Information 31

Index 32

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