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To learn how to read and interpret history critically, you need to understand
something about the work of historians. One of the best ways to do this is to
become a "historian" about something that is personally meaningful to you - your
family genealogy. These books can help you get started and can make history even
more meaningful as you discover family links to past time periods.
Your Family Tree by Ira Wolfman is
the comprehensive, kid-friendly genealogical primer that teaches kids to track
down important family documents, create oral histories, how to decipher
old-fashioned handwriting and interpret names, how to compile and family tree, and more. Illustrations.
Paper, 240 pages. Published in 2002. 8.2"x8.9"x.6".
One copy available.
Backyard History Book (A Brown Paper School Book) by
David Weitzman -
There is a lot more to history than memorizing names of Presidents and war
dates, and most of it has to do with peple who are alive right now. History is
what you had for breakfast this morning. That's where it starts. History is a
celebration of time passing. That's where it leads. In between there is a lot of
Activities and projects, such as making time
capsules and rubbings and tracing genealogy, demonstrate that learning about the
past begins at home.
Paper, 128 pages. Illustrated. 9.7"x7.4"x.5".
One copy available.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Coloring Book (Dover) by A.G. Smith -
This educational coloring book details Liberty's rich and stirring history; also
immigration at Ellis Island.
45 illustrations, captions, introduction.
Paper, 48 pages. 8.25"x11".
The Story of the Statue of Liberty by Betsy & Giulio Maestro -
Here is a fascinating and comprehensive history of this eloved American
landmark, from Bartholdi's first sketch to the final unveiling ceremony.
Betsy and Giulio Maestro are well known for their nonfiction which
is characterized by attention to detail and clarity in both words and
pictures. Their books have been praised for their simple, uncluttered
presentation, clean and accurate prose, and colorful, striking
Written for the youngest audience...the text
is very simple yet manages to convey all the major events in Liberty's
creation....The full-color watercolors show amazing detail and are
extremely rich. --Horn Book.
Paper, 48 pages. 9"x11". Ages
7-10. This picture book can be read to a younger child.
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