Remember World War II: Kids Who Survived Tell Their Stories

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Remember World War II: Kids Who Survived Tell Their Stories allows readers to understand the war not as seen through the eyes of soldiers but through the eyes of children who survived the bombings, the blackouts, the hunger, the fear, and the loss of loved ones caused by the war. The author shares her own recollections of being able to see the faces of Japanese pilots as they headed for the naval base at Pearl Harbor to drop their deadly bombs on unsuspecting American ships and soldiers, then shares her feelings ...

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Overview

Remember World War II: Kids Who Survived Tell Their Stories allows readers to understand the war not as seen through the eyes of soldiers but through the eyes of children who survived the bombings, the blackouts, the hunger, the fear, and the loss of loved ones caused by the war. The author shares her own recollections of being able to see the faces of Japanese pilots as they headed for the naval base at Pearl Harbor to drop their deadly bombs on unsuspecting American ships and soldiers, then shares her feelings at having to leave her father behind as the rest of the family is evacuated to the U.S. mainland.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After Remember Pearl Harbor and Remember D-Day, the third book in the highly visual series from National Geographic is Remember World War II: Kids Who Survived Tell Their Stories by Dorinda Makanaonalani Nicholson. Throughout the historical narrative, quotes from children in green typeface keep the focus on palpable details, from six-year-old Olga Held seeing Hitler's face from the front row as a parade passes by, to 14-year-old Hedi Wachenheimer, whose school principal points to her in class saying, "Get out you dirty Jew." A photo of a five-year-old Belgian girl's cherished doll, reproductions of heartbreaking missives from mother to child, plus a timeline, help make the events real for young readers. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
From the cover picture to the epilog, this is one of the most compelling and moving, yet age-appropriate, accounts of the events of World War II that you are likely to find. Nicholson's well-researched and accurate reports of World War II are told from three different perspectives: the war in Europe, the war in the Pacific, and the home front in America. Each of these factual accounts is augmented by eyewitness remembrances of 15 children who lived through the war and whose stories and words are threaded throughout each chapter. Photographs from the time illustrate each chapter and make the content all the more moving. Yet even in the most difficult tales of survival, such as those of children who survived Nazi concentration camps, the photographs are kept age-appropriate, and an element of hope is always present. The trauma, loss and degradation of the times as endured by children in all three areas of the war are not belittled, but Nicholson, herself one of the survivors, has done an excellent job of discussing these events in ways that young students can endure. The research tools at the back of the book include a map with the locations of the children interviewed, an excellent time line that uses color-coding to show how the three theatres of the war were interrelated, a bibliography, and a postscript that tells what the "children" are doing now. A forward by former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, is an added bonus in an excellent book that should be in every classroom. 2005, National Geographic Society, Ages 10 up.
—Sheryl O'Sullivan
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-While it may be missed by most readers, the foreword written by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is a fine introduction to this title. The three chapters discuss the war in Europe and in the Pacific, and on the U.S. home front. The majority of the text is composed of short autobiographical articles written by adults who experienced World War II as children or as teenagers. The author has included herself in one of the sketches. Additional historical information ties the profiles together. The text is liberally illustrated with half- to full-page vintage photos with captions that supply additional information. Small pictures of the featured children appear with their stories. The text concludes with an epilogue, an excellent time line, and postscripts about the individuals today. This volume appears to be thoroughly researched. However, the 1937 Japanese invasion of China is incorrectly given as 1940. The book is more likely to be read by students with an interest in the topic than by those doing reports.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792271796
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 5/31/2005
  • Series: Remember Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 424,812
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.41 (w) x 10.63 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorinda Makanaõnalani Nicholson was born in Hawaii to a Hawaiian mother and a Caucasian father. At the age of six she was an eyewitness to the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Her first book, Pearl Harbor Child, chronicles that historic event. Nicholson believes it is her mission to bring World War II history to life for children. She is married to Larry Nicholson, an award winning photographer, video producer, and graphic artist. The two combined their talents to create Pearl Harbor Warriors, which won the International Reading Association Intermediate Nonfiction Award, the Benjamin Franklin Multi-Cultural Award, and was selected for the 2003-2004 Mark Twain Master List. The Nicholson’s have four sons and six grandchildren. They live in Raytown, Missouri, with a very spoiled dog named Corduroy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2008

    Remembering that children were also WWII eyewitnesses.

    Children from around the world tell their stories that are seldom heard because we only think of the soldiers. In this volume you have both the WWII dates and facts, but through the eyes of the children who lived it.

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