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The Battle Of Britain (Great Events) Paperback – 13 Feb 2014
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Brings alive some of the major events in British history.
About the Author
Gillian Clements is a highly experienced author-illustrator, with an excellent reputation for children's non-fiction.
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This tells the story of the Battle of Britain, in a really interesting and easy to understand way. A Timeline helps explain how events unfolded and the book introduces many of the major figures of WWII. Some photographs, or colour illustrations, would have been nice, but this is still a good re-telling of events.
‘The Battle of Britain’ by Gillian Clements is both a simplified and complex history of a period of WW2 that prevented the Germans from invading our shores. To get the entire thing into 48 pages and have illustrations is a task, but one that Clements is up to. As a student of history myself (with a few more years on me than an eleven year old) I learnt quite a lot from this book. The history contained is pretty intense, it talks about the bombing raids, radar, blitz, tactics and much more. The book has an impressive amount of detail, but would a child be able to follow it?
Clements has tried to produce a book that not only informs, but does it is a manner that a child can follow. Therefore, when slightly complex ideas are written, or a historic figure introduced, there is a little aside telling you what or who that is. There are also plenty of illustrations that surround the text, giving a visual clue as what is written. The words themselves are bold and easy to read, giving the book an emerging reader feel.
However, will the context appeal to an emerging reader? The age grouping 6-11 suggests that it would appeal to this spectrum, but that is not the case. You must know what the child you are buying the book for is like. It requires a youth who enjoys history and detail, but who has not moved on to more complex books. The balance in ‘Battle of Britain’ is a little off as perhaps the concepts are too complex for the simplified layout. You could get a six year old who is confused, or an eleven year old who is patronised. Despite this, for just the right child, this book is great. I would imagine that an advanced 6-8 year old would get the most from the book, for the right audience this is a great outing for the series.
It covers the story from Edward on his deathbed, confusion over succession, the battles at Stamford and Hastings and a quick aftermath.
No mention of the arrow in the eye but uses the lance and 'hacked-up' version which, afaik, is pretty recent account.
The illustrations are not great art in themselves but fit superbly with the storytelling.
There are a few other books in the range that we're considering. A well told story covering historical fact is always a bonus to get kids interested in a subject.
My daughters are a little older than the font-size is aimed at, but they enjoyed learning a little bit of British history and one of my daughters will forever remember the day of the RAF's victory in the Battle of Britain as it is her birthday - 15th September!
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