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Around the World with Historical Fiction and Folktales: Highly Recommended and Award-Winning Books, Grades K-8
     

Around the World with Historical Fiction and Folktales: Highly Recommended and Award-Winning Books, Grades K-8

by Beth Bartleson Zarian
 

As more school districts undergo the painstaking task of curriculum integration, resources that offer children an opportunity to live vicariously in times and places they cannot experience any other way become increasingly necessary. Whether two teachers are covering the same topic in separate classes (e.g. English and history), or designing a thematic unit with

Overview

As more school districts undergo the painstaking task of curriculum integration, resources that offer children an opportunity to live vicariously in times and places they cannot experience any other way become increasingly necessary. Whether two teachers are covering the same topic in separate classes (e.g. English and history), or designing a thematic unit with the school librarian, this book will assist all parties in the selection of high quality literature. In this handy guide to nearly 800 award winning historical fiction for Kindergarten through 8th grade, Beth Zarian literally spans the globe. Entries are first divided into three sections - American history, world history, and myths and folklore - then chronologically from prehistoric times to present day, and finally by grade level. Each entry is accompanied by a short annotation. For anyone wishing to teach historical facts in an entertaining way, Around the World with Historical Fiction and Folktales is the only way to travel.

Editorial Reviews

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Anyone interested in using fiction and folklore to broaden student understanding of history and culture will find this an extremely useful and user-friendly guide.
American Reference Books Annual
This new annotated bibliography intersects the two basic elementary education subject areas of language arts and social studies within the framework of world history and culture. While similar guides to children's historical fiction exist, this book stands out by also including the folktale genre....this is a skillfully designed bibliography. It also features author (illustrator)/title and subject indexes as well as two appendixes, including an essential guide to all awards referenced and a list of all sources consulted.
Reference and Research Book News
Written for parents, librarians, and professional educators, [this] resource text lists some 800 award-winning fiction books grouped into sections on American history, world history, and myths and folk tales from around the world. Each entry includes complete bibliographic information and grade level recommendation, the forms in which the book has been published (hardback, paperback, audio, VHS, or VHS/DVD notation if available as a movie), Lexile reading scale rating, brief summary of the story, and awards the book has received.
Bulletin Of The Center For Children's Books
Anyone interested in using fiction and folklore to broaden student understanding of history and culture will find this an extremely useful and user-friendly guide.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
This new annotated bibliography intersects the two basic elementary education subject areas of language arts and social studies within the framework of world history and culture. While similar guides to children's historical fiction exist, this book stands out by also including the folktale genre....this is a skillfully designed bibliography. It also features author (illustrator)/title and subject indexes as well as two appendixes, including an essential guide to all awards referenced and a list of all sources consulted.
School Library Journal
The intent of this book, to provide a bibliography to support topics studied in social studies and language arts, is educationally sound and also very ambitious. The titles are organized under the headings of American history, world history, and myths and folktales (subdivided by nationality). Some of the books have a lengthy summary; others receive only one sentence. For many subject areas, books listed for grades three to six reappear for grades seven and eight. Both Caroline Cooney's A Goddess of Yesterday and Adele Geras's Troy clearly belong in the older category and not in the younger. This is also true for Robert Westall's The Kingdom by the Sea. One can't help but wonder why John Steptoe's Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (HarperCollins, 1987) is not listed in the section on Africa, especially since there are only four books listed for kindergarten-grade two. Finally, The Sign of the Beaver, Calico Bush, John Treegate's Musket, and The Matchlock Gun seem somewhat dated. In addition, it seems a stretch to include The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle under the section on slavery and abolitionists and Snowflake Bentley under Reconstruction to Pre-World War I. While this guide might help fill assignments, librarians will need to be familiar with the books before recommending them.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810848160
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
9.32(w) x 8.76(h) x 1.23(d)

Meet the Author

Beth Zarian is currently a member of the curriculum committee of School District 67 in Lake Forest, Illinois.

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