World War I

World War I

by John Perritano

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
In World War I John Perritano attempts to tell the story of one of the most sweeping and costly conflicts in human history in less than thirty partial pages. In fact, when one factors out space taken up by the striking photos that cover most of the book's pages, readers will encounter a relatively minimal text aimed at depicting a war that claimed over ten million soldiers' lives. This approach is an improbable one and the result is predicable in terms of the value of this chapter in the illustrated "America at War" series. World War I involved armies that numbered in the hundreds of thousands fighting one another for months on end at places such as Verdun, the Somme, and at Ypres. In these horrific battles hundreds of thousands of casualties resulted from a mincing machine approach to a war of material that beggars description. No such subject can be adequately introduced in so few pages regardless of the audience. As a result, Perritano's effort fails to hit the mark and serves to do little but provide a sampling of photographs that can be used to illustrate some aspects of a war that the author forgot to describe. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck

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Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Scholastic America at War Series
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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