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Chicago History for Kids: Triumphs and Tragedies of the Windy City Includes 21 Activities

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From the Native Americans who lived in the Chicago area for thousands of years, to the first European explorers Marquette and Jolliet, to the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series win, parents, teachers, and kids will love this comprehensive and exciting history of how Chicago became the third largest city in the U.S. Chicago’s spectacular and impressive history comes alive through activities such as building a model of the original Ferris Wheel, taking architectural walking tours of the first skyscrapers and ...

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Overview

From the Native Americans who lived in the Chicago area for thousands of years, to the first European explorers Marquette and Jolliet, to the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series win, parents, teachers, and kids will love this comprehensive and exciting history of how Chicago became the third largest city in the U.S. Chicago’s spectacular and impressive history comes alive through activities such as building a model of the original Ferris Wheel, taking architectural walking tours of the first skyscrapers and Chicago’s oldest landmarks, and making a Chicago-style hotdog. Serving as both a guide to kids and their parents and an engaging tool for teachers, this book details the first Chicagoan Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, the Fort Dearborn Massacre, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the building of the world’s first skyscraper, and the hosting of two World’s Fairs. In addition to uncovering Windy City treasures such as the birth of the vibrant jazz era of Louis Armstrong and the work of Chicago poets, novelists, and songwriters, kids will also learn about Chicago’s triumphant and tortured sports history. 

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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.
From the Publisher

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

Lake Magazine
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 alike—just be prepared for the next logical activity: #22, a trip to the windy city! Reviewer: Kathryn Erskine
School Library Journal

Gr 4-9
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.
—Janet S. ThompsonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556526541
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Series: For Kids Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 338,570
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Owen Hurd is a former editor at several Chicago publishers and is now a freelance writer. Gary Johnson is president of the Chicago History Museum.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Gary T. Johnson     vi
Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     viii
Chicago Before Chicagoans     1
Miniature Glaciers     3
Bean Bag Chunkey     9
The First Chicagoans     11
Construct a Model Longhouse     15
Explorers, Missionaries, Trappers, and Soldiers     17
Build a Replica of Fort Dearborn     24
Walking/Bus Tour: Chicago's Oldest Landmarks     28
From Small Town to Big City     31
Re-create the Chicago River Watershed     41
Walking Tour: Rosehill Cemetery     46
Reduced to Ashes     49
Make a Pinhole Camera     58
Plan a Fire Escape Route     61
Reaching Mew Heights     65
Architectural Walking Tour: The First Skyscrapers     70
Make Homemade Caramel Corn     77
Build a Model of the Original Ferris Wheel     78
The Haves and the Have-Nots     85
Create a Photographic Documentary of Your Home/Neighborhood     88
Trace Your Family History     97
Turning Point     105
Create Your Own Impressionist Painting     118
Gangsters Everywhere     121
Walking Tour: Graceland Cemetery     123
The City Turns a Century     131
Write a Poem About Your Street     143
Economic Growth, Political Upheaval     145
Architectural Walking Tour: Modern Skyscrapers     148
Make a Stained Glass Window     151
Chicago in the Mew Millennium     161
Write Your Own Blues Song     166
Make a Chicago-Style Hot Dog     172
Resources     174
Bibliography     175
Places to Visit     176
Helpful Websites     179
Index     180
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