Children and World War II (History Snapshots) Paperback – 9 Jun 2011
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Uses photographs from British history that show us what life was like in the past
About the Author
Born in Suffolk, Sarah Ridley lives on the Suffolk/Essex border and is a writer and editor of educational books for children and young people. Recently, a life-long interest in history has led her to write books about the First World War, inspired by reading letters written by soldiers who served in the conflict. Brothers at War tells the story of uncovering the material held in her own family's archives. Dear Jelly sets letters written by soldier brothers to their younger sisters at its core. Teenage children keep Sarah busy when she isn't tied to her computer, and she relaxes by walking along river estuaries close to her home.
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The book opens with a useful overview of the main events of World War II, before looking at the impact of war upon children. It includes sections on fathers volunteering or being conscripted into the army, evacuation, school life, air raids, the Blitz, working women, food rationing, growing food, clothes rationing and the war ending. Each section contains interesting information in short, accessible language for children aged 6+, alongside a number of photographs. There are questions that direct the reader to details in the photographs as well as suggestions for further independent research. The photographs however will attract the interest of young readers. Moreover the photographs are all dated so it is possible to put them in context by cross-referencing to the timeline at the beginning of the book.
There are some fascinating facts. The book explains how bomb sites, allotments and gardens and even parks became vegetable plots in the campaign to 'Dig for Victory'. Children would put waste food in special bins to be collected to feed pigs. I did not know that clothes were rationed and that some food, such as oranges, was rationed and given to children first.
Finally there is a short quiz to test what you have learnt and a glossary to help understand some of the historical words in the book.
Children and World War II is an excellent resource to help children undertake independent project work. A contents page and accessible index will allow children to find the right information quickly. There are additional websites listed at the back to help children find out more about the subjects covered.
I have been asked by the publisher to review this title but the opinions are entirely my own.
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