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Children and World War II (History Snapshots) Paperback – 9 Jun 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Franklin Watts (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445105799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445105796
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.5 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

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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Brilliant graphics and bang-on descriptions and definitions of aspects of WW2. Bought for our grand-daughter to aid her with school project. Excellent book to aid understanding for 8-11 year olds. Bought alongside 'The Blitz' Replica newspaper and copy of ration book. Tops marks were achieved in the classroom. Plus top marks for breaking down difficult issues into bite-sized pieces which aided better understanding.
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Children and World War II encourages the reader to become a history detective, examining photographs to discover and reflect on what life was like for children during the war.

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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By rebecca on 25 Jan. 2014
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Great for key stage one children. Nice clear contents page, index and glossary. Pages have clear titles, photographs labels and information which is child friendly to read and understand. One of my best buys for a long time in engaging children's responses.
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Book bought for grandson aged 9 for school project. Layout clear and easy to understand. The pictures are well chosen to give a realistic view of life and conditions
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I really liked this book for the pictures information in a format that was very useful for my special needs group to embrace the new topic of Second World War.
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A perfect book for a keen 8 year old - well written for younger children and lots of fabulous photos - my daughter loves the book
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Clear. Great photos/ questions. Using with class but also ideal for pupils to browse and research.
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Great info for my daughters primary school project and interesting for me and the grandparents
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