World War II Days: Discover the Past with Exciting Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes (American Kids in History Series)

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American Kids in History?(TM)Discover Life in America During World War II with Dozens of Exciting Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes Travel back to 1942 and experience firsthand just how exciting and challenging life was for kids in America during World War II. Spend a year with the Donatos and the Andersens, two families working hard to make ends meet while still making time to have fun. Visit eleven-year-old Frank Donato in San Francisco and share in the thrilling sight of warships heading out to sea under the Golden Gate Bridge. Follow twelve-year-old Shirley Andersen through her family's wheat farm in southern Minnesota as they prepare for the autumn harvest. Eager to share the fun, adventure, and hard work of their daily lives, Frank and Shirley will show you how to play their favorite games, make cool toys and crafts, and cook up the yummiest recipes! Create a toy periscope out of a cardboard mailing tube and two small pocket mirrors, cook up a delicious Coney Island hot dog, play the exciting game of Sea Battle, and keep track of the weather with a 3-D cloud chart. Packed with entertaining and easy projects, games, and recipes, World War II Days will take you on an exhilarating adventure into one of the most fascinating periods in American history.

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DAVID C. KING is an award-winning author who has written over thirty books for children and young adults, including five other books in this series: Victorian Days, Civil War Days, Pioneer Days, Colonial Days, and Wild West Days, all from Wiley. He has worked as a curriculum developer in both history and social studies, and as a high school English and history teacher.

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Gr 4-6-First-person narratives of two fictitious families, the Donatos of San Francisco and the Andersens, a Swedish-American farm family in Minnesota, offer personal views of American life in the 1940s. Crafts and activities enjoyed by the children are woven in throughout; they use easily obtainable materials, but may require adult supervision in some instances. By following the step-by-step instructions and good line drawings, readers can make a wide range of items, such as a victory garden, a flashlight, periscope, soft pretzels, crystal radio, pressed-flower bookmark, and wind vane. Sidebars give historical information relating to the war efforts of various groups, such as women, children, coastal inhabitants, and clothing designers. This is a valuable historical resource with unusual crafts that both entertain and educate. Combining it with Sylvia Whitman's V Is for Victory: The American Home Front during World War II (Lerner, 1992) will expand children's understanding of this pivotal era.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, NJ

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