Gr 2-4-During the war years, hundreds of thousands of soldiers left home to fight in Europe or the Pacific. Women became important to the workforce, requiring them to be away from home and their children for long hours every day. There were shortages of food and gasoline and families had to cope with lifestyle changes. All of this history is chronicled here. In a combination of lively, fact-filled text and poignant photographs, the book shows how the war affected children and their war-effort activities. The captioned pictures on every page are especially impressive and depict people of many races and economic statuses. To top it off, Whitman includes a recipe for "Make-Do Cake," made without milk, eggs, or butter.-Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.