Category Description for Chester Comix / Comix with Content
Teaching history through a variety of mediums always helps children retain interest – and important information. And comics are always a good option. These fact-filled and historically accurate comics by Bentley Boyd are a great addition to any history course (most of these titles focus on US history), easily tied in as a supplement or used as a springboard to launch further study in areas where children show interest. Each book usually includes four different stories, in newspaper-type serial format, that summarize the events of the selected stories. For example, the book “The Civil Rights Freedom Train” looks at Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King JR., and Thurgood Marshall. “World War 2 Tales” gives an overview of the Battle of Britain, Pearl Harbor, D-Day, and the Pacific island hopping. The full-color, detailed cartoons are well blended with the text, and free teacher’s guides are available at www.chestercomix.com. 24 pgs, pb.
I cannot say enough about how great these comics are! I have a son whose eyes will glaze over when it comes to history but put one of these comics in front of them and he won't put them down. It has turned history into fun. The content is great. So much information, just as if you were reading a history text but the format is the key. It is a comic book through and through. It looks like a comic book, it reads like a comic book, but it covers the subject matter thoroughly just as a history lesson would. The illustrations are appealing and drawings truly bring history alive. I think with my kids, by learning history this way it has helped them remember what they have read more clearly. They not only have the text memory but they also have the visual memory of the information. We had done a Native American study unit and I was surprised to see how this comic covered all of the key points that we were trying to touch upon. How awesome is that? We have all of the Chester Comix in our house and it was a great purchase for us. We have used them for study units, which is enough to justify the purchase, but these comics are read and re-read in this house just for fun. Who can argue with that?