Children's History of the 20th Century (DK Millennium)

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9780789447227: Children's History of the 20th Century (DK Millennium)

This lavishly illustrated, chronologically organized reference gives children an unparalleled overview of this most eventful of centuries. Features include sections on the U.S. government, sports, music, movies, and theater, plus an introduction in which children give their thoughts on the century behind and the millennium ahead.

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At the dawn of the 20th century, a man named L. Frank Baum had just written a story about a magical land called Oz, and the Wright brothers had made the first powered flight. On the eve of the 21st century, the world is connected via the Internet, and the Spice Girls mingle with Nelson Mandela. In the intervening years the world has undergone countless dramatic changes and discoveries. Written with children in mind, this unusual, compelling volume fills in as many of the gaps as possible, revealing in journalistic articles the events that altered the course of history. Headlines from "Australia Gains Its Independence" to "Prague Is Invaded" to "King Dies, but Dream Lives On" add a sense of immediacy to past events. This comprehensive historical resource uses photos, time line panels, and special features (the Russian Revolution, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Space Race, etc.) to unfold, year by year, the century's triumphs and defeats. In caption-style quotations interwoven throughout, children reveal their hopes for the future and memories of the past.

Beautifully designed and thoroughly researched, this big history book is a far cry from the textbooks of elementary school. Granted, it doesn't delve deeply into any one subject, but it touches thoughtfully on thousands of important topics, giving a sweeping overview of the 20th century's events, people, places, trends, and inventions. With more than 3,500 photographs and lively, dramatic writing, this addictive book truly brings history to life. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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Grade 4-8-A wonderful browsing book packed with photos. Short journalistic articles on double-page spreads cover a few important political and cultural events for each year up to 1998. Three bands along the bottom of the spreads representing "Innovations," "Entertainment," and "World Events" briefly note other milestones. The book ends with six two-page overviews of famous figures (movie stars, scientists and inventors, athletes, world leaders, music makers, and criminals). While it will be relatively useless to anyone researching a topic, this sleek coffee-table book will definitely entertain students curious about life during the century. The only real problem is that the index doesn't list all of the gems (Afros, 3-D movies, dried eggs) that give the book its real charm. Concluding spreads on "The US Government" and "Culture & Sports" just cover the basics. Certainly there are items missing from this entertaining cornucopia (there are no lists of the top movies, Oscar winners, or best-selling novels), but browsing it is a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. It might also be useful for those American-history assignments on how people lived during the different decades.
Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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