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Michael SimsMarcus sketches the early U.S. history of children's books in his first chapter and in the next surveys the Reconstruction era. Starting with the third, he devotes a chapter to every decade of the 20th century. At first this approach seems an unimaginative system rather than a narrative, but Marcus keeps it lively and engaging. He is a master of the brief, revealing anecdote…It's a lively spectacle, this parade down the long and winding road from the New-England Primer to Heather Has Two Mommies.
—The Washington Post