The Home Fronts In World War I


Life was hard during World War I, and not just for the soldiers in the trenches. For men, women, and children on the home front, the war brought many difficulties. From rationing to bombing raids to the Spanish Flu pandemic, this book explores life during wartime.

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Life was hard during World War I, and not just for the soldiers in the trenches. For men, women, and children on the home front, the war brought many difficulties. From rationing to bombing raids to the Spanish Flu pandemic, this book explores life during wartime.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Most of the sections in these books ask and answer a question about some aspect of World War I. The short chapters are paired with large period photos, effective maps, and "In Their Own Words" primary-source excerpts. Campaigns is the weakest of the group, mostly because of the difficulty of adequately explaining the complex origins and outbreak of the war in the available space. The other titles, which all have more limited scopes, are more successful. While the question-and-answer format is effective for providing introductory facts, much of this material has been so widely covered in extant sets, such Raintree's "The World Wars" for this age group and Lucent's "American War Library" for slightly older readers, that these books will be supplemental purchases for most libraries.
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
While soldiers from most of the European nations lived and died in the mud of the trenches that cut their way across the various fronts of World War I, civilians continued to support the war effort on the home front. This support of the soldiers took many forms inclusive of war work, rationing, sacrifice, prayer, and social upheavals aimed at winning the war. It is the home front that author Hunter turns to in this title from the illustrated “Remembering World War I” series. As is the case with other selections from this four-book set, Hunter uses a concise text in combination with text box insertions of striking quotations, min-biographical sketches of featured individuals, and fascinating facts to craft a book that does a fine job of describing what civilians experienced during World War I. Of particular interest are those sections that focus on the changing roles of women during the conflict. As Hunter points out, World War I created the necessity that women leave their homes and work in factories, munitions plants, on farms, in hospitals, or in transportation fields due to the lack of able bodied men. These changing roles for women led over time to female suffrage and the gradual opening up of increased career opportunities. It is this type of social history that makes this a fine teaching and learning tool. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck; Ages 10 to 14.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432980887
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Series: Remembering World War I Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 458,851
  • Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Hunter has written many non-fiction books for children. He has a degree in Modern History and specializes in writing about history and social studies.
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