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Designated a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book for 2007
"A fun, fact-filled tome for our pint-sized history buffs." Chicago Social
"A must read . . . couples smart, page-turning text and creative projects to be enjoyed by parents, children and teachers alike." Naperville Magazine
"A well-rounded history of Chicago." Quintessential Barrington
"History comes off the page and onto the kitchen table." Lake Magazine
You can almost think of Chicago as a huge, open-air, walk-in history museum. For thousands of years, Native Americans inhabited and left their mark on this lakeside locale. In fact, the city wasn't ceded to the United States until the early 19th century. Since then, the Windy City has been the site of commercial booms, architectural milestones, the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, a jazz revolution, and two World's Fairs. Owen Hurd's combination guide and teaching tool makes history a "you are there" experience. Chicago History for Kids specifies 21 family-friendly events that kids will relish and remember.
History comes off the page and onto the kitchen table.
Children's Literature - Kathryn Erskine
Who could not love Chicago after reading this book? Who could fail to see how it is a quintessentially American city, with so many famous events having transpired there? Covering everything from sports to politics, from mastodons to Millennium Park, this book is incredibly fun. There are twenty-one hands-on experiments or activities related to the history of Chicago. What could be more appealing than making a model Ferris wheel, painting an impressionist painting or constructing a miniature glacier? What could be more practical and useful than mapping out your own walking tour or planning a fire escape route? Timelines, maps and photos add to readers' understanding of the history, while sidebars give additional appealing stories. Difficult subjects, such as race riots, are not glossed over. In many ways, Chicago is a microcosm of the United States with, as the title proclaims, all of its triumphs and tragedies. This is a great book for parents and children alikejust be prepared for the next logical activity: #22, a trip to the windy city! Reviewer: Kathryn Erskine
School Library Journal
This attractive overview begins with geography and moves to the colorful stories that characterize the city. Hurd tapped local experts and collections, using primary and secondary sources and the responses of young readers to craft this engaging resource. Beginning with the Ice Age, a time line opens each chapter. Projects range from making a miniature glacier or a Ferris wheel to planning a fire-escape route or tracing one's family history. Walking tours offer maps, directions, and such itineraries as "Chicago's Oldest Landmarks" or "Modern Skyscrapers." The success of the 21 projects is uneven, but immensely readable details broaden the events described, such as why the Black Sox were motivated to throw the 1919 World Series. Excellent-quality photos, maps, illustrations, or boxed facts appear on every page. Skimmers can read parts, focus on projects, or pick up information from the short insets that offer relevant details. The bibliography reads like a resource list for Chicago collections with asterisks to distinguish titles for younger readers. Suggested places to visit, helpful Web sites, and a thorough index are also appended. An all-in-one resource, this is a good starting point for project ideas, history, and general information.
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