Children's LiteratureBiographies are one of the best ways for children to learn about the past. Seeing other eras through individual lives brings a depth of knowledge that learning facts can't approximate. In these days where seeking information is stressed, it is easy to lose meaning. Personalizing history through knowing its people is the best way to make history live. People from the past have much to teach our children about succeeding in the present. In this book that is part of the "Picture the American Past" series, Whitman describes the difficulties families encountered and how children improved personal and national situations. Each page is filled with monochromatic historical pictures and few words. Though simple in sentence structure, these books don't ignore harsh facts and they choose poignant quotes from children to illustrate situations. 2001, Carolrhoda, . Ages 8 to 10. Reviewer: Susie Wilde
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 2-4-During the war years, hundreds of thousands of soldiers left home to fight in Europe or the Pacific. Women became important to the workforce, requiring them to be away from home and their children for long hours every day. There were shortages of food and gasoline and families had to cope with lifestyle changes. All of this history is chronicled here. In a combination of lively, fact-filled text and poignant photographs, the book shows how the war affected children and their war-effort activities. The captioned pictures on every page are especially impressive and depict people of many races and economic statuses. To top it off, Whitman includes a recipe for "Make-Do Cake," made without milk, eggs, or butter.-Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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