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World War I for Kids: A History with 21 Activities

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
One hundred years after the start of the “Great War,” World War I for Kids provides an intriguing and comprehensive look at this defining conflict that involved all of the world’s superpowers. Why and how did the war come about? What was daily life like for soldiers in the trenches? What roles did zeppelins, barbed wire, and the passenger ship Lusitania play in the war? Wh ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Christine Rebbert
Jul 27, 2014 Christine Rebbert rated it it was amazing
Don't laugh. About the "for Kids" part. I've been wanting for quite some time to understand World War I, and this was a great way to achieve that -- or, I should say, now I understand WHAT happened, but I don't think there will ever be a sufficient answer to WHY it happened.

I would say this book is geared to a middle-school audience. It has all the pertinent facts and background, without getting bogged down in extraneous minutiae. I started reading it Friday night and finished early Saturday af
Roberta Gibson
Mar 31, 2014 Roberta Gibson rated it it was amazing
It is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I in 2014, and Chicago Review Press is releasing World War I for Kids: A History with 21 Activities by R. Kent Rasmussen April 1 to commemorate the event.

This title is particularly well written. It covers all the significant events (for example, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the sinking of the Lusitania), but rather than emphasizing dates and lists of battles, it is more of an overview of how WWI changed warfare and the wo
Apr 20, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it
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World War I, or "The Great War," is a complex subject or topic. It can be difficult for adults to understand at times. I thought Rasmussen did an admirable job in simplifying it for middle grade readers in his World War I for Kids. He breaks the war down into twelve chapters:

The Road to War
Stalemate on the Western Front
Trench Warfare
Other Fronts
The Weapons of War
The War at Sea
The War in the Air
Animals Go to War
Enter the United States
The Home Fronts
Ending the Fighting
Beyond the Armistice

Each chap
Oct 07, 2014 Annie rated it it was ok
This is basically a textbook on World War 1. Just because there are activities in the book meant for 3-5th grades, doesn't mean that this book is appropriate or would appeal to 3rd-5th grade students. If anything, I would say the book is more appropriate for middle and high school students. Although the information is thorough, accurate to my knowledge, and somewhat simplified, I just found it boring. There are many photographs that are appealing, and a full glossary and bibliography is included ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jun 01, 2014 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it
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Kids these days hunger for books like this. When I place a book on the shelf about war or fighting or hunting, that book is grabbed and checked out so quick that I often can’t see who managed to wrest it out of whom’s hands. The text is too difficult for my primary children, of course, and probably too tricky for even the elementary kids to maneuver through, but they won’t be checking it out as a read-through book. No, it’s a browsable book, with photos that tell the story well enough that one ...more
Royal Oak Public Library
Last summer marked the 100th anniversary of the onset of the First World War. The conflict – which has been dubbed by many as the event the brought the world careening into the “Modern Era” – has had lasting social and political consequences that in some ways are still observable today (arbitrary national borders set forth after the conclusion of the war are still causing turmoil to this day). This comprehensive history provides pretty much everything you could ever want to know about the ...more
Mary Lee
Jul 02, 2014 Mary Lee rated it really liked it
As an amateur reader of history, I loved the chapters that were TOPICS more than the ones that were chronology/politics.

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Mar 09, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing
This was better than any history class I ever took - in high school or college. Would be a great homeschooling resource.
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