Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Everything Battles: Arm Yourself with a Fierce Read

It is not unusual for me to get requests from parents regarding books about war for their kids.  It is a fascinating subject that many boys in particular are drawn to.  It is important to get kids reading and if stories of battles are what will get their nose in a book, then battles I shall provide.

The book I am looking at today is squarely in the non fiction camp, but there are also some great historical novels that tackle the subject that boys may also enjoy.

Iron Thunder by Avi is one that is particularly good and looks at the battle in the Civil War between the first iron sided ships.  Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus is a wonderful story of a Norwegian spy in WW II and Behind Enemy Lines looks at the heroic deeds of soldiers in Iraq.  These are all books that will satisfy your child's appetite for war stories but also provide a perspective on the human tolls of war.

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Title:       National Geographic Kids: Everything Battles

Author:  John Perritano & James Spears

Target:   Grades 3-6

What this book is about: 
This book is part history, part visual dictionary, and part encyclopedia on the battles that take place in war.  It talks about some of the most famous battles in history, the vehicles used on land, in air and underwater as well as the weapons, gadgets and gear soldiers use.  The book ends with a series of quizzes designed to teach kids even more about battles.

Why I love this book: 
Some kids are absolutely fascinated with war.  As parents, we struggle because we don’t want books that glorify war or are too gory in their description.  This book is a nice vehicle to teach kids some of the interesting details, without crossing over a line in either direction.  It even addresses some of the harm that comes to innocent people and places during battles as well as asking what victory really means.

The photos in this book are bold, bright and quite compelling.  I found the information fascinating and read the book cover to cover, just taking in all the visuals.  

Who this book is for: 
Great for kids interested in war and battles.  The book is compact and very browsable so kids will not be bogged down in information and should read it through fairly quickly.

Final thoughts:
This book is quite well done for the subject matter.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: National Geographic Kids Everything Battles: Arm Yourself with Fierce Photos and Fascinating Facts  A portion of each purchase goes back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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