In my September Book Haul video, I mentioned that I would review a few of the materials here.
Books I’d choose again…
We loved learning about Stubby the War Dog. I had never heard his story. Stubby’s skills made us laugh and the relationship between he & his master, Conroy was heart-warming. If you are in the Washington D.C. area, you can see the preserved Stubby at the Smithsonian’s Price of Freedom exhibit. (If you can’t get the book, here’s a short Smithsonian article about the war dog. There are several videos of him on YouTube, as well.)
Sam the Minuteman is on the Mensa for Kids K-3 reading list I’m using with my 8yo this year. As an I-Can-Read Level 3, this story about Sam, his father & the Battle of Lexington was a short, enjoyable read.
While the main story line was How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning, this book spent about half the story also discussing his other inventions & areas of study. Quick read, good information & nice illustrations.
Christmas in the Trenches would be an excellent read for history or just to add to your Christmas readings. A fictionalized version of the famous Christmas Truce, this book tells the story through the eyes of a grandfather to his grandchildren. Included with the book is a CD featuring a reading of the book, Silent Night and “Christmas in the Trenches”, a song written by the author and on which the book is based. This book will be purchased to add to our Christmas book crate.
And the books I’d skip…
In Flander’s Field features the famous World War I poem interspersed with information about the war. The poem pages have beautiful illustrations and the informational pages include photographs of soldiers & mementos with age-appropriate details. The format of the book my kids found off-putting. They liked each part but would have preferred the poem to be separate from the information.