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Current events discussions are now an integral learning tool in classrooms across the country. With its up-to-the-moment content and engaging style, this major reference book is an essential resource for helping children relate today's news to the events of the past. Focusing on the who, what, when, where, and how, with stunning pictures and a cutting-edge visual style, DKCurrent events discussions are now an integral learning tool in classrooms across the country. With its up-to-the-moment content and engaging style, this major reference book is an essential resource for helping children relate today's news to the events of the past. Focusing on the who, what, when, where, and how, with stunning pictures and a cutting-edge visual style, DK's Children's Encyclopedia of American History is published in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution to present a completely unique survey of the story of America. Featuring more than 1,000 photographs, plus maps, charts, and profiles of famous Americans, the design of the book has been painstakingly considered to pull in even the most reluctant reader....

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ISBN : 9780789483300
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Children's Encyclopedia of American History Reviews

  • Lisbeth Rider
    2018-11-22 08:00

    Lisbeth RiderEncyclopedia: Children’s Encyclopedia of American HistoryCall number R 973.03 KingBrief DescriptionA comprehensive overview of history with period photographs of news events, objects, people; also includes maps and charts. 304pp. Publisher’s Weekly described it as “lavishly illustrated” and School Library Journal termed it “visually enticing and textually fascinating.”Citation for where the item has been reviewedHoffman, M. (2003). The Children’s Encyclopedia of American History. School Library Journal, 38(3), p104. New York, NY: Dorling Kindersley in association with The Smithsonian Institution.. *Note…this book was published ten years ago, which made me question whether or not it would be outdated, but the reviews were so good that I believe I would go on and get it, after first checking with DK to see whether a new edition is in the works, or whether they plan to provide links to online sites that will bring the last section of the content up-to-date. Only the last of the eighteen sections would have changed.Criteria: Content Scope Eighteen chapters from 1000AD to the present. Accuracy, Authority, and BiasProduced by DK in association with the Smithsonian Institution, whose reputation supplies the credentials necessary to prove their accuracy and authority. DK has received many awards for both informative text and entertainment value. Arrangement and PresentationThe eighteen chapters are arranged both chronologically and thematically, with some overlap when necessary. A good feature is 10 four-page spreads with timelines, maps, photos, and sidebars with elaboration of important events and cross-references.. Relation to Similar WorksA comprehensive index plus a chart of key facts about the states and presidents, and full texts of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Gettysburg Address are features that not all similar texts offer. It is tied more to “themes and strands” than DK’s 2000 Chronicle of America. Timeliness and PermanenceThe reviews and descriptions do not mention any technological connections, such as weblinks which might offer more up-to-date information if something changes before a new edition is published. (This would only be important to the last section titled “A New Millenium.” Accessibility/DiversityCritics point out that since the volume is liberally sprinkled with illustrations and photographs, it is not as intimidating to students as similar ones that are heavier on text. Indigenous cultures and the impact of European exploration is a prominent feature. Cost $27.51

  • Kayla Thurman
    2018-11-28 01:49

    Children's encyclopedia of American history. (2003). New York: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc.Citation By: Kayla StewartType of Reference: EncyclopediaCall Number: Ref 031Content/Scope: This text is targeted towards student 8-14. This text provides information about important events and people from American history. The story actually goes back to about 1000 years to the first European explorer—Lief Eriksson's arrival in North America and follows the story of America up to current events such as September 11. The book refers to important world events that happened through history and what the U.S. was doing during those important events. An appendix includes a list of the U.S. presidents, a chart of key facts about the 50 states, and the texts of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and its Amendments, plus the Gettysburg Address. This text will help students who are inquiring about events in America’s past.Accuracy/Authority/Bias: This text was produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution. DK publishing is a well-known publisher in the education field. Many educators us DK books within their schools and classrooms. The text provided is not in anyway associated with advertising. The text shares facts, not opinions to prevent bias influences. Arrangement/Presentation: The text is arranged chronologically in 18 chapters. Each chapter has a theme that is related to important events that occurred during the corresponding time in history. The text includes many visual features that engage readers. There is an index to help readers find specific topics quickly. Relation to Other Works: There are many children’s books that outline American history. This encyclopedia meets requirements for libraries that need a comprehensive geographical reference at an elementary level.Accessibility/Diversity: This text appeals to a wide age range. The pictures make concepts easy to understand, but the words provide a more in-depth look into the history. Maps, charts, paintings, photographs and pictures make the text engaging for a variety of learning styles with visual being the most prominent.Cost: $30Professional Review: Grabarek, D., Minkel, W., & Hofmann, M. R. (2003). Children's Encyclopedia of American History (Book). School Library Journal, 49(10), 104.

  • Ebookwormy1
    2018-12-09 00:35

    Children's Encyclopedia of American History is a valuable resource. The more I reference or read it, the more I like it.Even if we weren't homeschooling, I would want to own this book to supplement learning American history. Primary source illustrations and brief text provide an engaging overview. Maps and photographs are typical of the format and publisher, but what I particularly liked are the primary source illustrations. Artwork, hand bills, line drawings (one by John Smith, one by Daniel Boone in early chapters), models of ships and photographs of traditional housing provide not only data, but a visual feel for a time period. The text ends with the September 11th attacks.Although somewhat biased in places (there is a somewhat disproportionate mention of women and the environment), overall the text captures important people and events with brevity and works impressively to avoid partisanship. The occasional paragraph doesn't ring true, but overall this is a solid work, and you will be hard pressed to find much better (unless a biased work completely in favor of your opinions is what you are seeking). Appendices continue the pattern of excellence in presentation combined with commitment to primary sources. Presidents of the United States, Facts about the USA, and a state by state chart are followed by The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution (including the Bill of Rights) and the Gettyburg Address.Highly recommended for students of all ages seeking to understand the timeline of American history.

  • Brittany
    2018-11-13 02:48

    I have to admit that I don't know my history very well. So I thought this Children's Encyclopedia of American History would be a fun way to review history I learned in school as well as learn some new facts about American History. All the pictures in the book made history come to life for me. The book acts more like an overview or summary of American History. It was a good basic book to start out with for me. It explained everything in a simple way (but didn't cover everything or go into depth). Each time I read about a topic that interested me, I wrote it down so that I can read more about that topic at a later stage. I did find a few spelling mistakes here and there in the book.The little blurb in the book about the Mormons was incorrect. It's not "Joseph Smith's Mormon Church," but rather, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" - or in other words, Jesus Christ's church. Members of the church worship God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ and not Joseph Smith. Members of the church belief that Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet and that he re-established the Church of Jesus Christ.Also, Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were martyred (shot by a mob while they were locked in a jail on false charges) (and not "killed in fights" like the books says).Lastly, I wasn't aware that the Mormons invented the "roadometer" to measure how far they had traveled. I tried to look for more information on that but couldn't find anything. So I'm not 100% sure on that fact.

  • Robbie Travis
    2018-12-05 07:55

    King, D. (2003). The children’s encyclopedia of American history. New York, NY: Dorling Kindersley Publishing.Type of Reference: Encyclopedia.Citation by: Robbie TravisContent/Scope: This text focuses on the who, what, when, where, and how of history. Written for Grades 3 and up, eighteen chapters span American history from the year 1000 to the year 2002. Each chapter includes a few paragraphs of text, a graph, an overview of the time period, and a timeline.Accuracy/Authority/Bias: This book was published in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute. The author is a freelance writer and educational consultant who has written more than 30 books and received numerous awards. DK Publishing is world-renowned for its distinctive books that inform and entertain readers.Arrangement/Presentation: The book is illustrated with period photographs, paintings and drawings, as well as maps and charts. An appendix includes a list of U.S. presidents, key facts about U.S. states, and the complete texts of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address.Relation to Other Works: Numerous similar works exist. However, this volume is relatively up-to-date and is written specifically for the elementary level reader. In addition, it is inexpensive for a works of historical text. Therefore, it would be a good choice for the elementary school media center.Cost: $29.99.Professional Review: Hoffman, M. (2003). Reference review. School Library Journal, 38 (3), 104.

  • Kendra Doolin
    2018-11-25 01:51

    King, D. C. (2003). Children's encyclopedia of American history. New York: DK in association with the Smithsonian Institution.Review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7...Type of Reference: Encyclopedia Content/Scope: This major reference book is an essential resource for helping children relate today's news to the events of the past. Focusing on the who, what, when, where, and how of American History. Accuracy/Authority/Bias: The author has written--and published--more than 70 books, primarily nonfiction in American history and biography. A former teacher of both English and History, he has also been a consultant to the State Department of Education, UNICEF, UNESCO, the World Bank, Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, Public Broadcasting Corporation, and several state departments of education.Arrangement/Presentation: This book features more than 1,000 photographs, plus maps, charts, and profiles of famous Americans. Relation to similar works: One set of World Book Encyclopedias are present; however, none particularly on American History. Timeliness/Permanence: This encyclopedia will be appropriate for many years as it refers to the history of America. Accessibility/Diversity: The photographs, maps, charts, and other features will be helpful to all students. Goodreads.com states it has been known to pull in the most reluctant reader. Cost: $25.64

  • Teresa Kennedy
    2018-11-28 01:38

    King, D. C. (2014). The children’s encyclopedia of american history. New York, NY: Dorling Kindersley Publishing.Citation by: Teresa KennedyType of Reference: EncyclopediaCall Number: REF 973.03Content/Scope: This is Reference Book targeted to elementary students as resource to help learn about the events in American History.Accuracy/Authority/Bias: The author has written multiple books about American History.Arrangement/Presentation: This book is arranged in sections and include photographs, maps, charts, and profiles of famous Americans. Relation to other works: There are many children's encyclopedias available; this encyclopedia meets requirements for libraries that need a comprehensive reference at an elementary level.Accessibility/Diversity: The pictures, maps, charts, and profiles makes this book desirable to all elementary students. Cost: $29.99Professional Review: McGuire, B. (2015). The children’s encyclopedia of american history. School Library Journal, 61(2), 56.

  • Chris Ellis
    2018-12-08 02:38

    DK books are awesome and this is no exception. Don't care one whit that it is children's encyclopedia and that I am 55 soon.The history of the US in some 300 pages, hitting the highlights and with beautiful page layouts and photographs. Some funny coincidences while reading this - first one had to do with the industrial age and a picture of a "Bessemer Converter" used to melt iron ore for steelmaking. After reading about it - it showed up as a clue in a crossword I was doing the next week!Also, after wondering where the magazine on my table got its name, there was a whole blurb about "Mother Jones" an Irish labor organizer...Learn something new every day - picked it up at a book sale on "bag day" and what a find it was. A keeper.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-12-13 06:42

    This is a great reference book. I could also see myself using it as a text book for homeschooling, and reading it with my kiddos from front to back, if they were a bit older. This book was great! It's filled with everything history (especially politics, war and entertainment). I was wishing for a little bit more, though. The pictures were great. I could see myself buying this book down the road, but I wouldn't use it as a one and only source, because I feel like there is SO much in history and this book didn't cover it all, but did a pretty nice job trying to do so.

  • Amy
    2018-11-27 23:51

    Okay, so I didn't read it cover to cover but...it gives you very good snapshots of important events in American History. I liked it both for me, since I did not pay very much attention to the subject in school, and for my kids who will continue to benefit from good resource books throughout their school careers. I will be buying a copy for our personal library soon.

  • Crystal
    2018-11-24 23:46

    We aren't too far into this one yet. We'll be using it all year for history.

  • Radagast
    2018-11-20 00:36

    A good way to introduce American History