Living Through World War II
Engage students with history using pictures and detailed information in a presentation they can easily understand. I planned on skimming through Living Through WWI, and ended up reading it cover to cover. Where exactly were the Balkans? Why were they fighting in Turkey? How did it move to Europe from there? There were Indian soldiers in WWI? While I knew the basics of the war, I found out a lot I didn't know. Information is presented chronologically, detailed, and interesting. Photos, maps, short bios and sidebars liven up the text. The pages have a vintage look to them with bits of color throughout. I see this series being attractive to middle-schoolers for these reasons.
You can pick it up and read it, or use it as a reference. They are not from one person's point of view and seem to represent all sides fairly equally. In the back are a timeline, glossary, source notes, bibliography, and ideas for further reading. Add one or all of these to a geographical or historical unit study based on people or events. Give them to a child who likes to read about history. Leave one in the car to inspire some interesting family discussion. This series is similar to the Witness to History series. 80 pgs, pb. ~ Sara