Pearl Harbor

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Bringing a dramatic moment of World War II to vivid life, author Stephen Krensky answers questions about the historic importance of the military action at Pearl Harbor. Written in simple yet clear language, the book teaches readers about the political scene before and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in December 1941, and how this event shaped our country's place in the world.

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Overview

Bringing a dramatic moment of World War II to vivid life, author Stephen Krensky answers questions about the historic importance of the military action at Pearl Harbor. Written in simple yet clear language, the book teaches readers about the political scene before and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in December 1941, and how this event shaped our country's place in the world.

"Bringing a dramatic moment of World War II to vivid life, author Stephen Krensky answers questions about the historic importance of the military action at Pearl Harbor. Written in simple yet clear language, the book teaches readers about the political scene before and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in December 1941, and how this event shaped our country's place in the world."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Complex events, particularly the war in Europe and lack of readiness of the American military, set the stage for young readers. The book opens with the American Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, ordering the Japanese diplomats out of his office. He knew that Japan had no intention of quietly removing itself from China. The subsequent sneak attack on Pearl Harbor is described and also ably depicted by Larry Day. "Remember Pearl Harbor" became a rallying cry for American forces, which eventually prevailed over Japan and also the Nazi forces in Europe. While an excellent early reader, it may still require adults and teachers to put the issues and the period in its proper context. A Level 3 book in the "Ready-to-Read" series. 2001, Aladdin, $3.99. Ages 6 to 8. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This excellent introduction to Pearl Harbor and World War II opens with Secretary of State Cordell Hull angrily greeting Japanese representatives on December 7, 1941, even before news of the attack has reached him. What he does know is that Japan has been deceiving the U.S. Krensky goes on to describe the history of Japan's economic and political expansion in Asia, the European war, President Roosevelt's willingness to assist the Allies, and how continuing recovery from the Depression limited the U.S.'s full participation in the war prior to Pearl Harbor. He explains the purpose of the attack and Japan's belief that the U.S. would be unable to retaliate. The attack itself is described accurately, with good detail, showing how overwhelming the destruction was and how this encouraged and almost created patriotism in the United States. The pen-and-ink and pastel-wash illustrations on every spread are realistic and detailed; the scenes of destruction leave no doubt about the devastation, but are not disturbingly graphic. This book, with its easy chapters and complex sentences, will appeal to newly independent readers.-Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689842146
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Ready-to-Reads Series
  • Edition description: 1 ALADDIN
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 558,730
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Krensky is the author of more than a hundred books for children, including How Santa Got His Job (an ALA Notable Book) and Big Bad Wolves at School. He and his wife, Joan, live in Lexington, Massachusetts. You can visit him at StephenKrensky.com.

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