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School Library Journal
11/01/2014
Gr 4–6—The books in this set open with two true or false questions (a signature of this series) that are answered in the text. Divided into four to six chapters, the titles focus on one aspect of each subject. A "Big Truth" chapter and a "True Statistics" page add interesting facts about weapons, armies, or statistics. The content is standard for middle-level books on World War II, and large black-and-white period photos appear throughout. Unfortunately, this series is marred by some weaknesses. There are few maps and no documentation of numbers and statistics scattered throughout the texts, and there are several errors (for instance, Battles mistakenly states that the Battle of the Bulge resulted in more deaths than any other battle, and both Weapons and Navy erroneously explain the tailhook mechanism on aircraft carriers. This set doesn't improve on extant World War II coverage, and most libraries will find other series to be better choices.
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
One of the most complex military operations in human history was set in motion on June 6, 1944. Approximately 75,000 soldiers and paratroopers landed in Normandy in a battle that would be known through the ages as D-Day. Landing on five beaches, the combined American, British, and Canadian troops faced variable degrees of opposition from the German defenders of the Atlantic Wall. Behind the lines, Allied glider troops and paratroopers were scattered across the countryside and engaged in vital rearguard actions. By day’s end, the Allies had paid a bloody price but had successfully established a toehold in France. From this beachhead the Allies slowly pushed outwards, and over a period of eleven months, utterly destroyed the western German Army. This volume in Peter Benoit’s illustrated “True Books” history series focuses on the historic story of D-Day. Benoit does a fine job of setting the stage for the D-Day operation, describing the advance preparations made by the Allies, and then chronicling the events of that day. Additionally, Benoit does a fine job of including the impressions of actual participants in those storied events in ways that help bring history to life. The end result of this approach is a fine little history book that does justice to the important subject at hand. Part of the “True Book” series. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck; Ages 10 to 14.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531217337
  • Publisher: C. Press/F. Watts Trade
  • Publication date: 9/1/2014
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 645,861
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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