V Is for Victory: America Remembers World War II

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Open this book to all the drama, passion, & human emotion that was World War II. Over 150 photos & countless fascinating stories bring to life that time in American history when V stood for Victory. Here are the unforgettable images of war: Rosie the Riveter — symbol for all the American housewives who threw off their aprons to build airplanes; D-Days men & supplies streaming ashore onto Omaha Beach. Read a freed POWs letter to his wife. See the newspaper headline declaring HITLER DEAD! Learn about ...
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Overview

Open this book to all the drama, passion, & human emotion that was World War II. Over 150 photos & countless fascinating stories bring to life that time in American history when V stood for Victory. Here are the unforgettable images of war: Rosie the Riveter — symbol for all the American housewives who threw off their aprons to build airplanes; D-Days men & supplies streaming ashore onto Omaha Beach. Read a freed POWs letter to his wife. See the newspaper headline declaring HITLER DEAD! Learn about General Tojo, one of the key forces behind Japans aggression. Filled with historical detail & packed with emotional appeal. A visual feast.

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Allied victory comes a book for the whole family that vibrantly illuminates the Second World War. From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki, this album of photos, posters, letters home, and fascinating historical detail brings the war out of the archives and to life once again.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Allied victory in World War II, Krull (Lives of the Writers; Lives of the Musicians) delivers this first-rate commemorative volume. Eminently readable, it showcases her talent for distilling history to its anecdotal best and gives a wide-ranging view of the key players and events of this pivotal era in recent history. From Hitler and Roosevelt to Anne Frank, from Rosie the Riveter to Tokyo Rose, from rationing to espionage, Krull spotlights the many dramas played out on a global stage. She augments her impressive writing with strong visual material, including maps, newspaper headlines, artifacts, posters and hundreds of vintage photographs (many of them unflinching, including those of concentration camp inmates and other victims of the war). Whether for browsing or close study, this is an extraordinary reference book that should be snapped up by parents and teachers alike. Of equal interest to young readers and adults. Ages 10-up. (May)
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This scrapbook-style commemorative volume "showcases the author's talent for distilling history to its anecdotal best," said PW in a starred review. "Whether for browsing or close study, this extraordinary reference book should be snapped up by parents and teachers alike." All ages. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
It was difficult for me to read this book because it brought back many memories of the events covered, Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt's death, Hiroshima, Interment camps, concentration camps, defense stamp albums, ration books and victory gardens. I remember them all. While painful, it is an accurate account of the time. The author dedicated the book "to the youngest Krulls" in hopes that there would be no wars in their future. Amen.
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Gr 7 UpColorful pages replete with archival photos, postcards, posters, letters, and realia present a visual and textual scrapbook of the war years. Krull covers the preliminary events, Pearl Harbor, life at home, military service, the Holocaust, weapons, and lasting changes and effects brought about by the war. Chapters are introduced and end with appropriate overviews, but the bulk of the text is comprised of explanatory comments associated with the illustrative material. Some are in boxed inserts of contrasting colors. Individual battles are not discussed. The index is detailed and sufficient to help researchers. Some pages are a bit difficult to read as print is sometimes superimposed onto an enlarged monochromatic photograph. Billed as ``a book for families,'' this title begs to be shared; students are encouraged to ask relatives about their memories of this time. But even if appropriate grandparents are not available, all readers will benefit from this visual feast of an era that continues to influence our lives today.Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375816000
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/14/2002
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 10.44 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Krull is the author of the popular Lives Of series, Wilma Unlimited, and

Gonna Sing My Head Off!: American Folk Songs for Children.

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