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Scholastic Discover More: World War II
Author: Sean Callery
Publisher: Scholastic Reference (March 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0545479754
ISBN-13: 978-0545479752

I’m quickly learning to love the Scholastic Discover More series of books. The grandchildren love them and for me, they are a wealth of information.

In World War II, a visual history of the world’s darkest days, there are plenty of full color photographs, as well as some stunning black and whites and infographic type pages laid out in a way that is appealing to most children. Also provided is a free digital companion book that kids and parents can access either on Mac or PC through Scholastic’s Discover More website.

The text is succinct and provides a lot of information in an engaging and fun way. Kids will love it and parents will love it even more. It’s a great way to spark an interest in history, help with homework and reports and provide discussion for the dinner table. One of the things I really loved were the various layouts of timelines. Having grandchildren of middle-grade age who are just starting to do timelines and reports, I found these to be beautiful examples of what they could do in their own reports.

The author is to be commended for putting forth pretty horrible information in a way that is delicate and doesn’t assault younger children with the horrors of war. He gets the point across in a gentle, yet matter of fact manner.

Also in the book are maps. Kids adore maps and this book has plenty of lovely ones – another great teaching tool (this book would be great for homeschoolers and teachers alike. In addition, a free digital downloadable book is provided and the book has a lovely glossary and extensive index.

Highly recommended!

Book Description from the publisher:

A comprehensive modern reference book all about World War II for expert readers.

It’s nearly 70 years since World War II ended, but its after effects are still shaping our world. Nicknamed THE DEADLIEST CONFLICT IN HISTORY, it claimed at least 50 million lives. It was also the backdrop to atrocities we are still struggling to comprehend, notably the Holocaust and the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan. Discover More: World War II charts the course of the war, from the rise of Nazism to Hitler’s suicide in April 1945. Moving first-hard accounts bring history to life and show how individuals experienced the war, be they military or civilian, adult or child. In addition to a wealth of contemporary photographs, there are detailed cutaway artworks that reveal the inner workings of vehicles that defined the war: the German U-boat, Sherman tank, and Liberator bomber.

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