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)
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
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.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
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
Mary Harris Veeder
An entertaining, informative book that works even better for browsing than for start-to-finish reading. Breadth and selection of material, not depth, are the strong points. Postcards, posters, headlines, and personal letters, as well as the expected selection of photographs, help give young people a taste of the World War II experience--the home front, the battlefield, and the political front. A section on the Holocaust is followed by a chapter on Japanese American internment camps, and there's a brief discussion of prejudice in the armed forces. The brightly colored pages and clever design will lure readers, who will find the book a rich source of topics for grandparent-child conversation. A chronology and a bibliography are appended.