Gr 5-9-These biographies of individuals connected to the Civil War are visually attractive, with appealing covers, maps, and numerous illustrations (both black and white and color). Unfortunately, the contents stand in poor contrast to the pretty pictures. Garrison and Stowe contain misspellings, internal inconsistencies, major errors, and numerous omissions. Garrison is also sloppily researched, with 10 of 12 footnotes incorrectly quoted from their sources. Douglass, meanwhile, is woefully unbalanced, devoting two-thirds of the book to his time as a slave (through age 20) and the rest to his remaining-impressive and influential-57 years of life. Crucial omissions and explanations pile up endlessly. Of the available titles on Douglass, Sharman Russell's Frederick Douglass (Chelsea House, 1989) is the most thorough and complete. Jean Fritz's Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachers (Putnam, 1994) is excellent, although it ends at the conclusion of the Civil War.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Brenda Haugen started in the newspaper business and had a career as an award-winning journalist before finding her niche as an author. Since then, she has written more than 50 books and edited hundreds more, most of them for children. A graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, Brenda lives in North Dakota with her dog, Alice, who chose Brenda when she went to the Humane Society thinking she was there to adopt another dog.