LIFE: Our Century in Pictures for Young People

LIFE: Our Century in Pictures for Young People

by Richard B. Stolley, Amy E. Sklansky
     
 

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Picture yourself watching in awe as the astronaut Neil Armstrong steps on the moon for the first time. Or seeing Charles Lindbergh land his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, after the first ever nonstop flight over the Atlantic Ocean. Drawing from Life magazine and the greatest photo archives ever, this book chronicles the 20th Century for young people and will make

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Picture yourself watching in awe as the astronaut Neil Armstrong steps on the moon for the first time. Or seeing Charles Lindbergh land his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, after the first ever nonstop flight over the Atlantic Ocean. Drawing from Life magazine and the greatest photo archives ever, this book chronicles the 20th Century for young people and will make their minds soar by way of an unparalleled collection of more than 380 photographs.

The book spans the past 100 years in nine chapters. Each chapter is introduced with an essay by a notable children's writer, including Katherine Paterson, Jane Yolen, Avi, Robert Cormier, Lois Lowry, Fredrick and Patricia McKissack, Jerry Spinelli, Gary Paulsen, and Cynthia Rylant. In each chapter is a special section, called Turning Point, that traces an event or trend from the beginning of the century forward. And each epoch closes with a Requiem, which recalls some memorable individuals who died during that time.

The worlds of politics, science and technology, and the arts, as well as the lives we led at home -- all are explored and brilliantly captured within these pages.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Adapted by Amy Sklansky from the adult bestseller LIFE: Our Century in Pictures, this superb collection of carefully chosen, powerful images with pithy captions captures the events, people and culture that shaped the last 100 years. The volume overall does not go into the same amount of detail as Jennings and Brewster's recent The Century for Young People; on the other hand, Stolley, a longtime Time-Life journalist, covers events on a global scale. An ideal introduction for young people because of its highly visual focus, the book juxtaposes events close to home with those far away; in one spread, for example, a caption for a photo of Margaret Sanger discusses her 1916 arrest in New York for preaching contraception and appears alongside a picture of Dublin's Easter Monday uprising the same year. Stolley divides the century into nine chapters or "epochs," each briefly introduced by an award-winning children's author, including Lois Lowry, Jerry Spinelli and Katherine Paterson. Patricia and Fredrick McKissack's "Changes" (covering 1946-1963), for instance, offers a personal look at postwar America and sets the stage for the burgeoning civil rights and women's movements with all their triumphs and disappointments. Each chapter includes a "Turning Point" that describes such pivotal developments as space exploration and such cultural phenomena as the American musical, and concludes with a "Requiem" commemorating the deceased who defined the era. A visual treasure trove. Ages 10-up. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
From the incredible photo archives of "Life" and "Time" magazines Time-Life editor Richard Stolley has produced a winner in nine parts. Each accompanying essay is written by a different noted young people's author, including Katherine Patterson, Jane Yolen, Gary Paulsen, and Cynthia Rylant. Epochs include: "1900-1913: Across the Threshold," "1914-1919: The War to End All Wars," "1920-1929: All That Glitters," "1930-1939: Empty Pockets," "1940-1945: World on Fire," "1946-1963: Spreading the Wealth," "1964-1975: Dissent and Disobedience," "1976-1992: A Global Burst of Freedom," "1993-1999: Our Future.Com." A wonderful, highly accessible resource for students. 2000, Little, Brown and Company, $25.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: M. Henebry SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
VOYA
Overcoming the difficult task of choosing which photographs to include here, editor Stolley treats readers to a memorable look at the twentieth century. The years are divided into nine chapters, each covering a range of years, but not necessarily a complete decade. Some events are so overwhelming that they are given their own chapters, such as World Wars I and II. Noted young adult or children's authors, including Avi, Robert Cormier, and Katherine Paterson, introduce each period with an essay that gives their perspective on that time. Two special sections in every chapter tell us more about these years: "Turning Point" focuses on a big event, such as space exploration, and "Requiem" highlights some of the famous who died during that period. The photographs run the gamut from glory, invention, and discovery (the Wright brothers' first flight, inspecting King Tut's royal coffin, and cloning Dolly the sheep), to despair and destruction (a Dust Bowl family during the Great Depression, the Triangle Shirtwaist deaths, and the Oklahoma City federal building after the bombing). Some photographs are well known, others less so, but all are enhanced by apropos, informative captions, revealing aspects of politics, culture, and technology that define our history and ourselves. This collection is definitely a worthwhile purchase. It could engender lively discussion in a social studies class or simply among friends and family. If the budget allows and if one does not mind that the essays are not written by YA or children's authors, also purchase the larger collection of more than 770 photographs from which this book is taken, Stolley's Life: Our Century in Pictures (Little, Brown/Bullfinch,1999). VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Little Brown, 225p, Index, Photos. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Jane Van Wiemokly VOYA, February 2001 (Vol. 23, No.6)
Children's Literature
Images of important events, pop culture, and the people who have molded the twentieth century are accompanied by informative captions that place the photographs in their historic context and explain their importance. Photographs from LIFE: Our Century in Pictures (Bulfinch Press, 1999) are featured here. While the focus is on the United States, there are, of course, many world events included. The book is divided into periods rather than decades, making it more relevant to the major events of the century. Each of these nine periods is introduced by an essay written by a children's book author. Each encapsulates the events and feelings of the people of the United States during that time. Katherine Paterson, Jane Yolen, Avi, Robert Cormier, Lois Lowry, Patricia and Frederick McKissack, Jerry Spinelli, Gary Paulsen, and Cynthia Rylant each contribute and add personal anecdotes where appropriate. This American family album is a great way to introduce history to young people who can read it on their own or share it with an adult. 2000, Little Brown and Company,
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Stolley has divided this century snapshot into nine sections, each introduced with an essay written by a familiar author. For example, Katherine Paterson's essay "The Dawn of the American Century" introduces the period "1900-1913: Across the Threshold" and Robert Cormier's "Years of Hilarity and Heartbreak" provides the lead in to "1930-1939: Empty Pockets." The final chapter "1993-1999: OurFuture.com" opens with Cynthia Rylant's "Good Wins Out." In each section, the essays are followed by pages of photographs from Life magazine, some in color, most in black and white, ranging in number from 8 for 1920-1929 to 24 for 1946-1963. Both the essays and pictures are broad in scope, encompassing history, politics, music, medicine, professional and amateur sports, societal movements, and much more. "Requiem," which concludes each period, is a selection of biographical sketches and portraits of prominent figures who died during those years. This enticing overview is geared to a younger audience than Harold Evans's The American Century (Knopf, 1998) or Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster's The Century (Doubleday, 1998).-Joanne K. Cecere, Highland High School, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316815895
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
10/01/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
9.64(w) x 11.18(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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