This is a great little book for a Primary school child to learn about an important event in Britain's history. It is in fairly large print with sketches throughout. No colour. It is written in a straightforward simple and informative way which makes for good reason. ideal for the primary school child interested in history.
My 6 year old is thoroughly enjoying these books. He is an advanced reader for Year 1, but these are well pitched for his abilities and interests. I have learnt a number of details from them, as they focus on quite a small part of history in quite a lot of detail.
When learning history you have to start somewhere and for every ten people that get their World War One knowledge from Blackadder, there is one that will pick up a book. The issue is that it is easier to let knowledge wash over you from the TV than it is to glean it from a book or even a classroom. However, for the child that is curious about the past there are some great resources available. ‘Great Events’ is a series of history books aimed at the 6-11 year old, but that is a rather large age span and would it suit everybody?
‘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.
This is one of a series of books about Great Events, including “The Great Fire of London,” “The Gunpowder Plot,” “The Battle of Hastings,” and more. This is aimed at 6-11, but I think it is best for Years 2 – 4, so 6-9. At less than 50 pages, lots of black and white illustrations and large, clearly spaced text, it is easy to follow. However, saying that, some of the words used are quite complex and so it is best for confident readers, even though it is fairly short.
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.
This is a good little book for young readers to learn about a historic event, without it being too lengthy or overly complicated, whilst also being factually accurate and interesting. The font is quite large and there are pen drawings throughout to add another dimension. It is a slim volume and it isn't a surprise that there are other Great Events in the series.
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!
I bought this on a whim as I'd told my 5yo the story of Battle Of Hastings. Thought it might be a bit dry consdering the front cover and a terrible example of the 'Look Inside' function. 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.