Children's LiteratureIn 1753 the colonists residing in the New World were drawn into a conflict that spread across the globe. As the divine rights monarchs of Europe contested their honors and domains, warfare spilled over to the distant lands of North America. French and British settlers came to blows and were supported by regular troops from Europe. In addition, Native American warriors from numerous tribes fought on both sides even though they doubted the reliability of most white people. In the end, the British were able to supplant their French foes and absorb the vast Canadian territories. Figures such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin came to the forefront during what was to be called the French and Indian War. It is that bloody struggle that historian Carl Green describes in this illustrated book. As one in the "MyReportLinks.com" series, Green includes a wealth of Internet sources linked to this conflict. This is a well-written and thorough study of a confusing sequence of historical events. Green incorporates a number of compelling anecdotes, with particular attention being paid to the then Colonel Washington. This is a fine book and one that will appeal to readers with an interest in military history. 2002, Enslow, Romaneck
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-7-Part history books and part Internet references, "My Report Links" offers two more titles in what is becoming a small research and reference library. The idea and concept of this hybrid type of book is potentially useful. Nevertheless, the content and text lack flow and they do not present a clear order of events. In The Revolutionary War, the first chapter speaks about "no taxation without representation" and the Boston Tea Party. Chapter two basically repeats the same information. The third chapter repeats information on battles of the war. The text moves slowly and is presented in somewhat of a mundane matter. Web sites are presented with titles and not URLs, so users must refer to the publisher's Web site. In addition, there is little incentive to build reference and library skills or construct research strategies. The pictures and illustrations are very basic. The Web sites have been prescreened for educational content. The books do offer research shortcuts for all users, including teachers, students, and parents whose time is limited. Additional purchases for libraries with Internet access.-Barbara L. McMullin, Casita Center for Technology, Science & Math, Vista, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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