World War I for Kids: A History with 21 Activities

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One hundred years after the start of the “Great War,” World War I for Kids provides an intriguing and comprehensive look at this defining conflict that involved all of the world’s superpowers. Why and how did the war come about? What was daily life like for soldiers in the trenches? What roles did zeppelins, barbed wire, and the passenger ship Lusitania play in the war? Who were Kaiser Wilhelm, the Red Baron, and Edith Cavell? Young history buffs will learn the answers these questions and many others, including ...

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Overview

One hundred years after the start of the “Great War,” World War I for Kids provides an intriguing and comprehensive look at this defining conflict that involved all of the world’s superpowers. Why and how did the war come about? What was daily life like for soldiers in the trenches? What roles did zeppelins, barbed wire, and the passenger ship Lusitania play in the war? Who were Kaiser Wilhelm, the Red Baron, and Edith Cavell? Young history buffs will learn the answers these questions and many others, including why the western front bogged down into a long stalemate; how the war ushered in an era of rapid military, technological, and societal advances; and how the United States’ entry helped end the war. Far from a dry catalog of names, dates, and battles, this richly illustrated book goes in depth into such fascinating topics as turn-of-the-20th-century weaponry and the important roles animals played in the war, and explains connections among events and how the war changed the course of history. Hands-on activities illuminate both the war and the times.

Kids can:

·         Make a periscope

·         Teach a dog to carry messages

·         Make a parachute

·         Learn a popular World War I song

·         Cook Maconochie Stew

·         And much more

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Editorial Reviews

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"Rasmussen offers a challenging volume that doesn’t ignore the complexities of history ..." —Kirkus Reviews “[Rasmussen] explains what happened in clear, concise language, presenting the information in a way that encourages thought, reflection and perhaps additional reading." —KidsReads.com

“From the first to last chapter, the reader takes a front row seat into a world at war. Rasmussen made this book interesting and relevant, whetting the student’s appetite for more. The author had the foresight to provide a list of websites, allowing the student to further explore any aspect of the war he or she wishes." —Naval Historical Foundation

“Makes a useful addition to many collections...Even students who are unenthusiastic about warfare will find themselves intrigued by chapters such as “Animals Go to War ..."  —Booklist

“[World War I for Kids] explains the war without talking down to kids.” —Austin American-Statesman

“The inclusion of accompanying activities would make this a particularly useful volume for teachers looking to incorporate such activities into their lessons. This would be an essential purchase for most public libraries.” —YA Books Central

“Every so often a really outstanding book comes along for younger readers. When a book like World War I for Kids comes along, it offers an opportunity that a parent should embrace.” —Bookreviews by Alan Caruba

“Organized, thorough, and accessible. An engaging start for students learning about World War I.” —School Library Journal

“This is a great resource to have for your history library. It’s engaging and not too text-bookish. As an unschooling family it was right up our alley, even as high schoolers. I wish I had all the books in this series.” —Mama Kautz

“Highly recommended, especially for middle grade school library and children’s public library collections.” —The Midwest Book Review

“An impressive yet manageable overview of the Great War. This is a well conceived book, and one with a trove of good artwork.” —American History magazine

“I imagine that this book, and its companion World War II for Kids: A History with 21 Activities (For Kids series) will be very popular in my 5th grade classroom.” —A Year of Reading

School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 4–8—In the introduction, the author explains that when studying wars, looking at winners and losers is less crucial than examining the overall effects. This book does so in an organized, thorough, and accessible fashion. It also covers causes, public reaction, war tactics, animals on the battlefield, the role of women and African Americans, the daily life of soldiers, and more. Occasional sidebars highlight tangential information, such as an excerpt from a soldier's letter, a mini-bio of nurse Edith Cavell, and so on. Though there are a variety of related activities described (training a dog to carry messages, making a model gas mask out of cardboard and bubble wrap, reading a World War I—era adventure novel), they are questionable in their educational usefulness, feasibility, or desirability. Throughout, readers will find a plethora of black-and-white archival photographs reflecting the diverse aspects of World War I: battles at sea, in the air, and on the ground; soldiers in trenches; key military men and politicians; and so on. The gruesome nature of a few of the images might be tough viewing for some young readers, such as a photo depicting a dead soldier tangled up in a barbed wire trap. An engaging start for students learning about World War I.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-26
A comprehensive study of the Great War, emphasizing the changes the war brought and how it shaped our modern world. World War I destroyed empires, gave Hitler grievances to exploit in his rise to power and made the United States a world power. Rasmussen offers a challenging volume that doesn't ignore the complexities of history, beginning with a look at Europe in 1914, what triggered the conflict and the complicated alliances that pulled nations into the war. The study is full of archival photographs, extensive sidebars on related topics such as the Christmas truce and Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, and reproductions of posters, newspaper ads and charts. Curiously absent are maps that could help readers follow the ebb and flow of battles. As in other volumes in the For Kids series, the combination of a serious historical text with kid-friendly activities creates a disconnect: The text works for older middle school readers, but they are likely to find the activities childish or even condescending. The challenging text is engaging by itself without the enticement to make gas masks, parachutes, stew and war bread. A solid exploration of a horrific war that unfortunately didn't turn out to be "the war to end all wars." (timeline, resources, source notes, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613745564
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: For Kids Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 157,623
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Lexile: 1210L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Kent Rasmussen is the author or editor of more than 20 books, including the award-winning The United States at War and many books on Mark Twain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Highly Recommend this book!

    This book has great information on World War I and is easy to understand. There are a lot of great hands on activities for your kids to do. We had a lot of fun learning about World War I.

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