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The American Story: 100 True Tales from American History

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American history comes alive in these 100 true stories that define our country.
This magnificent treasury tells the story of America through 100 true tales. Some are tales of triumph—the midnight ride of Paul Revere, the Wright brothers taking to the air, Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. Some are tales of tragedy—the fate of the Donner Party, the great fire in Ch
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Amanda Carpenter
Oct 13, 2014 Amanda Carpenter rated it really liked it
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Armstrong, Jennifer. (2006). The American Story: 100 true tales from american history. New York: Random House Children's books

School Library Journal

Informational Text

This book has 100 short stories that begin in 1565 and go up to 1996. There is a broad range of stories from the American past that tell about major events in our history. The stories are short and easy to understand, but they are packed with good information. This would be a great to use to teach social studies or a book to teach
Dec 06, 2013 Devon rated it it was amazing
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LIBS 642 Junior Book Log
Source: Textbook pg. 280

In a chronological tell-all, Jennifer Armstrong displays the various tales of our nation in one big illustrated and engaging work. This book consists of 100 tales of American history, some familiar and some unfamiliar in a way that captures the reader’s attention and keeps them wanting more and more. The vibrant pictures depict the stories in ways that makes the history behind these stories even more enticing. I was drawn in immediatel
Jul 26, 2011 Terri rated it really liked it
100 different stories about the history of our country...some i knew, some that took the story further for me, and some that were completely new to me...i'm intrigued by the selection of stories that the author chose for the book...stories you would expect are not present and stories you didn't know about are the end of the book there is a listing of story connections so you could read all of the stories on a particular topic and still have a great experience with this book

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Diana Haynes
Dec 05, 2013 Diana Haynes rated it it was amazing
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I read this book as an informational book for my Junior book reading log, as cited in page 280 of my textbook. I thought this book was really great, as it tells the story of America's past in 100 different stories. Almost every page includes a color illustration, which explains the story and keeps the reader's attention, and the stories are short, keeping the interest of younger readers as well as older ones. This book includes different stories such as Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon a ...more
Amber Wilson
Nov 24, 2014 Amber Wilson rated it really liked it
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Armstrong, Jennifer. (2006). The American Story: 100 true tales from american history. New York: Random House Children's books

School Library Journal


This is a great book filled with 100 short stories from 1565-1996. The stories tell of major events that have happened throughout that time period. This book would be great to reference during social studies when learning about a specific topic or event. The teacher could read the story along with learning about the event itself. The st
John Hugens
The American Story is a very useful sourcebook to use as a supplement to the regular standard fare information given in school textbooks. It contains a variety of story arcs that would be highly useful in complimenting lessons, and the state mandated curriculum. For instance if you were teaching a lesson on immigration there are about 15 different stories involving immigration to the U.S. and all of the story arcs are indexed in the back of the book so that teachers, and students, can easily fin ...more
Feb 27, 2008 Taylor rated it really liked it
Lots of short stories - 2 to 4 pages each - from the Epic that is American History. Some we knew (like the story of Sojurner Truth) and some were new stories (like the one in which Boston was flooded by thousands of gallons of molasses) - all were engagingly written and the illustrations were fun.

We had so much fun taking turns reading these stories aloud that we will certainly be buying this book for the shelf.
David Wachlin
Jul 19, 2010 David Wachlin rated it really liked it
This book is a lot of fun. It's filled with beautifully illustrated vignettes about powerful, important, and obscure and humorous stories throughout American history. A favorite of mine is a bit of a legal thriller about a young defense lawyer named Abe Lincoln proving the innocence of an old family friend in a murder trial. It would be useful in the classroom because it teaches American history as an entertaining set of narratives.
Barbara Lovejoy
Sep 21, 2014 Barbara Lovejoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another serendipitous experience! I was looking for another book by this author at the library and found this one. What a treasure! Learning history through stories is such a great way to learn. I knew a number of the 100 stories in this book, but I learned many new things. I also learned some new stories.
Nov 11, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing
One of the best homeschooling books we've read. Each chapter is a story from American history - only a couple of pages long with nice illustrations, interesting details, historic context. It's ordered chronologically and tells the small weird stories as well as the big ones. We all enjoyed it. Would like to own this one.
Aug 29, 2007 Maria rated it liked it
This book has some very interesting stories of American history geared toward young people. Some of the stories are questionable as to their inclusion in this book (i.e. the Marlon Brando/Oscar Awards story.) On the whole a well rounded history of America, but found some of the ideas and uses of idioms needing an explanation to my 7 year old. My 11 year old loved it!
Feb 14, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Family Fun Magazine
Not comprehensive, and I question the inclusion of a few entries over those that were omitted. However, I did learn a few things I didn't know, and more about things I had heard of, but didn't know a lot about. Most appropriate and able to be appreciated by ages 10 and up.
Nov 20, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable short snippets from American history, some very well known, and others that are lesser known, but really interesting. Great for bedtime!
Feb 05, 2015 April rated it really liked it
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An interesting overview of America's history. Simple, general, and interesting enough to keep my seven year old eagerly engaged. A good platform to find topics to dig deeper into.
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Interesting, covering various events in North American/US history from about 1500 to 2000.
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Absolutely love this book! Great for bedtime stories.
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Jennifer Armstrong learned to read and write in Switzerland, in a small school for English speaking children on the shores of Lake Zurich. The school library had no librarian and no catalog – just shelves of interesting books. She selected books on her own, read what she could, and made up the rest. It was perfect. As a result, she made her career choice – to become an author – in first grade. Whe ...more
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