The Civil War: A to Z

The Civil War: A to Z

by Norman Bolotin
     
 

This handy reference book contains more than a hundred entries on the most important people, places, and events of the Civil War. Chock-full of historical photographs, drawings, and maps, and organized alphabetically, this guide is designed especially for children in upper-elementary and early junior-high grades. Each entry is cogent, self-contained, and full of… See more details below

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This handy reference book contains more than a hundred entries on the most important people, places, and events of the Civil War. Chock-full of historical photographs, drawings, and maps, and organized alphabetically, this guide is designed especially for children in upper-elementary and early junior-high grades. Each entry is cogent, self-contained, and full of vivid lore. As a result, the book is great for browsing and is also a compact introduction to the Civil War and to mid-nineteenth-century America.

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VOYA
The last book in Bolotin's seven-volume Young Readers' History of the Civil War series provides an excellent and astute reference source for middle school and junior high readers. Starting with Abolitionists and ending with Zouaves (regiments in both the Union and Confederacy known for their "brilliantly colored uniforms"), Bolotin hits all the major points and personalities of the Civil War with concise, clear, and informative entries. Many firsthand accounts are included along with statistical information, meeting the author's goal to "share the personal stories [of the war], not just the facts and figures and the important dates." The result is a reference work more accessible than many others available. As a research tool, this volume is first-rate, although reading the book cover to cover would likely produce confusion for those not already familiar with the Civil War. The brevity of most entries provides an excellent introduction to many aspects of the war. Bolotin successfully addresses a variety of topics in a reader-friendly manner. For instance, when discussing the 600,000 people who died in battle during the war, Bolotin includes a sidebar that reveals that "the Union and Confederate dead would fill 2,000 theaters, 13 major league baseball stadiums... or more than 1,000 elementary schools." Surely this book will fulfill Bolotin's stated hope that his work "becomes the impetus for studying" more about the era. Glossary. Illus. Photos. Maps. Source Notes. Biblio. Chronology. 2002, Dutton, 148p,
— Sarah Dornbeck
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8 This well-written resource contains biographies of key people, information on major battles, and a general introduction to the era. The alphabetically arranged entries are easy to understand, covering all the important issues, and the black-and-white photos and reproductions add immensely to the text. Even readers familiar with the era will find fresh facts here. The personal profiles use small anecdotes to illustrate the individual's character. For example, the entry on George Pickett talks about the depression that plagued him for the rest of his life after the Battle of Gettysburg. One small flaw is that the "see" references are often not circular. The article on John Ericsson leads readers to one on the Monitor and Merrimack; however, that article is not linked back to the one on Ericsson. The same is true of the articles on Stephen Douglas and the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful introduction for readers unfamiliar with the subject, and will be especially useful for reports. -Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This alphabetically arranged reference work on the Civil War is a handy guide. Readers can open up anywhere and find interesting bits of information on many of the major people, places, and events of the Civil War. The 130 topics, from Abolitionists to Zouaves, include Lincoln and his mission of keeping the country united, the political ferment represented by the Missouri Compromise and the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the soldiers, generals, prisons, and literature of the time. The format invites flipping through the pages, studying maps, reading captions, and reading the entries. Not just an encyclopedia of battles, generals, and politicians, the guide includes people as various as Louisa May Alcott, Mary Chesnut, Dorothea Dix, Sojourner Truth, and Frederick Douglass, and objects such as lucifers, minie balls, and Civil War tokens. The Gettysburg Address and excerpts from the Emancipation Proclamation, letters, and speeches are also provided. The entries are competently written and interesting. Browsing through this guide may well lead young readers to studying topics more fully, which is the author's hope. Useful for young readers beginning research on Civil War topics. (glossary, author's note, bibliography, maps, archival photographs, illustration and photo credits) (Nonfiction. 9+)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525462682
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.36(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.65(d)
Lexile:
1200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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