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81. The Little House Collection Box
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82. My Great-Aunt Arizona
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83. Viking Ships At Sunrise (Magic
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84. Abner & Me (Baseball Card
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85. Little House on the Prairie
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86. The Duchess Bakes a Cake
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87. Samantha: An American Girl (The
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88. A Coyote's in the House (Leonard,
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89. By the Great Horn Spoon!
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90. The Story of the World: History
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91. Human Record
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92. India (Eyewitness Books)
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95. Under the Blood-Red Sun
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96. Farmer Boy (Little House)
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97. Six Million Paper Clips: The Making
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99. Surviving Hitler : A Boy in the
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100. The Voice That Challenged a Nation

81. The Little House Collection Box Set (Full Color) (Little House)
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Asin: 0060754281
Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Sales Rank: 8658
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Set during the pioneer days of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Laura Ingalls Wilder's books chronicle her life growing up on the Western frontier. For the first time in the history of the Little House books, these new editions feature Garth Williams' interior art in vibrant, full color. Come along for the adventure with this collector's set of the first five Little House books.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best book series ever.
This is truly a great set of books. The books were very well written. Adults and children will enjoy reading these. They are not to hard to follow for children and they are not to boring for adults. The books really take you back to another place and time. A must have for Little House fans.... ... Read more


82. My Great-Aunt Arizona
by Gloria Houston
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Asin: 0064433749
Catlog: Book (1997-04-30)
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Sales Rank: 73864
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Arizona was born in a log cabin her papa built. She grew into a tall girl who liked to sing, square-dance, and -- most of all -- read and dream of the faraway places she would visit one day.

Arizona never did make it to those places. Instead she became a teacher, helping generations of children in the one-room schoolhouse which she herself had attended. Gloria Houston's Joyous recounting of her great-aunt Arizona's quiet yet meaningful life reminds us of the magical place a special teacher can hold in our hearts.

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5-0 out of 5 stars It will go with you in your mind...
By far, one of my favorite books for children. I love reading it to my babies. The text with the beautiful pictures will go with you in your mind forever...

5-0 out of 5 stars My Great Aunt Arizona
This is a wonderful book. As an elementary teacher I especially enjoy reading it with my students and own a classroom set. It is a beautiful story of a teacher and contains lovely illustrations. It is a sweet depiction of schools and life long ago.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for all (especially teachers)
From the moment I was introduced to this book, I knew I had to have it. It is such a wonderful story of a woman who enjoyed learning and dreamed of travelling to the places she read about only to have circumstances prevent it. She did the next best thing - she became a teacher and inspired countless students to live their dreams. Every teacher should read this - it will reinforce the reasons you entered the profession.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
Beautifully done! My 2 yr old and I like this one, the illustrations are gorgeous.The story is sweet, a real-life story for a change! It was given to us by the most inspiring person, she inspired my love of books and now her grand daughters, my mother.(who happens to be a teacher, the best!) This book is a keeper!

5-0 out of 5 stars extremely touching
This is one of my favorite children's books. It is a simple and beautiful story--no matter how many times I read it, I have a hard time getting through it without tearing up. It's also a great way to introduce young children to biography and to one-room schoolhouse days. I recently donated this book to my grandmother's hometown library as a very appropriate tribute to her memory--as she was also a teacher who touched many lives, in school and out, as most true teachers do. ... Read more


83. Viking Ships At Sunrise (Magic Tree House 15, paper)
by MARY POPE OSBORNE
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Asin: 0679890610
Catlog: Book (1998-08-11)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Sales Rank: 2150
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Jack and Annie are off in search of another story in jeopardy, this time at

a monastery in ancient Ireland. Trouble arrives when Vikings land, and Jack and

Annie must find a way to escape!




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4-0 out of 5 stars History and Fun All Rolled Into One Great Book..............
This is only the second Magic Tree House Book we have read but the books in the series are quickly becoming my soon to be second graders favorite books to read.

The story is really about the Irish monks and the contributions they made to civilization during the Dark Ages. The Vikings are raiding Ireland.

I was pleasantly surprised of the authors mention of Christians and use of God in a blessing by one of the monks. When we borrowed this book from the library we thought it was all about the Vikings. The Christian monks were a wonderful bonus.

This book will appeal to your school age childs sense of adventure and they will learn something about history without even realizing it. A wonderful series.

4-0 out of 5 stars Number 15 in the series.
VIKING SHIPS is a really fun book. I actually lost myself in the story. It's short, but exciting, with a real sense of adventure. This is a great series for kids to read and to own. I could tell from the introduction that it's probably better if you read them in order. The first in the series is "Dinosaurs Before Dark."

5-0 out of 5 stars Good book about the Vikings
This Magic Tree House book really teaches you about the Vikings. It's a neat setting, and there's some good action, especially when Jack and Annie are in their darkest hour. I highly recommend this book to any Magic Tree House fan, because this is more than one of the best. Enjoy!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Accurate and engaging
This was our first Magic Treehouse book and I am pleased. I had just returned from Scandinavia when I bought this for my 6 yo and 4 yo daughters, hoping that they could learn something of what I had garnered from my trip. Happily, I think they did.

I like the format of the series. As a child I would have *loved* to have travelled via a treehouse to distant times and places. What child wouldn't want to meet characters from somewhere else? I like the idea of fetching books- I love books so the task would be appealing to me.

From my reading of Viking raids, it is very likely that raids took place as described here, against the Irish monks. Vikings were in search of stored foods, wealth and whatever else they could grab on a quick morning attack. There would have been many ships and a fast assault as portrayed here. Many aspects of the raids were left out, and that is just fine for the young school-age reader.

These are chapter books that can be easily read by an advanced first grader over several days, or read as bedtime stories by parents over one or two evenings. There are some illustrations to augment the storyline, but the main focus of the book is the text.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exciting Book
This book is about Annie and Jack. Morgan sends them on a journey to Ireland and they meet the monks and see Vikings. My favorite part was when the sea monster helps them. I think you will like this book. ... Read more


84. Abner & Me (Baseball Card Adventures)
by Dan Gutman
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Asin: 0060534435
Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Sales Rank: 657843
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85. Little House on the Prairie
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Asin: 0064400026
Catlog: Book (1953-10-14)
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Sales Rank: 4013
Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
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The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their little house on the prairie. Soon they are planting and plowing, hunting wild ducks and turkeys, and gathering grass for their cows. Sometimes pioneer life is hard, but Laura and her folks are always busy and happy in their new little house.

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5-0 out of 5 stars real history
This is the story of one year in the life of a family long ago in America. They were happy in their "Little House in the Big Woods". Ma, Pa, Mary, Laura, baby Carrie and dog Jack decide to move west so Pa would have more room to hunt. Pa is a hunter extraordinaire and earns an excellent living for the family. But the woods where they live get more crowded every year so there are less animals to go around. They pack up and move away from their dear home to a new, unknown land.

Their covered wagon makes a great camping vehicle and they enjoy a nice camping trip on their way. They would stop driving for the day, Pa would go out hunting, Ma and the girls would set up camp, and Pa would come back with the evening's supper. They cooked it over a fire, ate the leftovers for breakfast, packed up, and were back on the road for the day.

When they arrived at what Pa said was "home", it was nothing but a big space of grass. Where would they live? No problem.
Pa knows how to build a house with logs, make furniture, dig a well, and build a stable for the horses. That Pa can do anything! The land is free, the hunting is free, building the house and digging the well is free. By the time they plant the garden, I guess they would have no need of money.

But they do get money. Why? Because Pa is a hunter, remember? And a good one. He sells the furs, and the hunting is so plentiful in this area that he has no trouble at all.

The neat thing about this book is that it describes how to do many things: How to build the house, How to make a rocking chair, How to cook over the fire, and describes a clever way to protect your home from a prairie fire that really works! Many popular songs are also included as Pa plays the fiddle in the evening. Some we remember and some we wish we knew.

Because of these things and because of the indians, this was a book that my boys enjoyed right along with my daughter. My husband, the couch potato, even became interested and rented some "Little House" videos.

This is the best kind of history. It's like talking to your grandma and hearing the real story of what things were really like for real people. If you like history, you will love this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Laura Ingalls Wilder is an American treasure.
I've recently started reading the Little House books to my seven-year-old daughter and I'm thrilled to discover that I love them just as much now as I did when I was her age. There are a lot of reasons for that. Laura Ingalls Wilder was a wonderful writer. She's simple and always crystal clear, but at the same time, she uses so much detail and has such a great sense of the rhythm of language that her writing is beautifully poetic and always a joy to read aloud. And the characters, of course, are among the most beautifully drawn characters in literature: the feisty Laura who has such a hard time doing what she's supposed to do, her frustratingly perfect sister Mary, her strict but kind parents. Even the animals in the book come across as interesting characters. No matter how tired I am in the evening, I always look forward to getting out Little House and reading a chapter or two.

Those were the things I loved about it as a child, and still love now. But as an adult I've also come to appreciate how quintessentially American this book is. It's the kind of book that makes you think about our heritage, and makes you proud to be American. In these books, Laura and her family keep facing hardships and meeting them head on. When necessary, they pick themselves up and move on to a new place, starting from scratch. They don't expect anything from anybody, and yet they care about their community and their neighbors. You often hear the words "pioneer spirit" used to describe America's best values, but after you read Little House that's not an empty phrase. You, and the child you read it to, understand it in your heart.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Adults too!
Laura's family once setteld. They are great books! I am seeing the whole experience from a new perspective now that I am 35 (relating more with Ma I think) and I am enjoying the stories completely. It's also nice because the books can be read in a single afternoon or just a few hours. A wonderful look at the pioneer life with details on cabin building and settling a piece of land. I highly recommend these books but suggest reading them in order to keep the story of Laura's adventures straight.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life on the Frontier
Pa Ingalls is tired of how crowded the big woods are getting. So he decides to sell the house and move west with his family. Just before the ice breaks, the family loads up their wagon and heads out. They cross the Mississippi River and then head south, settling two days away from Independence, Missouri. Now they have to build a new house and survive the wilderness. Meanwhile, Laura is anxious to see a papoose. And with all the Indians in the area, she may get her chance.

This is a charming book. It's almost a collection of short stories with many chapters being a self-contained event. Still, through these pages, we get a good picture of life on the American frontier 130 years ago. The book gives plenty of detail about their everyday life without getting bogged down. And it is interesting. Frankly, some of the chapters are so harrowing I felt my pulse quicken. Often I found myself shaking my head in awe at what the Ingalls dealt with on a daily basis. This is a good way to make anyone appreciate just what we have today.

These books are still popular 70 years after they were first written for good reason. They are an entertaining and enlightening look at a bygone era.

4-0 out of 5 stars Michelle from Richview Middle School
This story begins in the big woods of Wisconsin. A family lived there that consisted of a a dog Jack, a baby Carrie, the oldest daugter Mary and the yourner daughter Laura. The parents are known in this story as Ma and Pa. Ma and Pa are somewhat strict whils Mary is somewhat conservitive and Laura is very adventorous. They left the big woods and went to a new place out west. They traveled along the Mississippi and stopped in amny differnt places to rest. When they finally got there they met their new neighbor, Mr. Edwards. When Pa and Mr. Edwards met Pa asked if they wanted to help each other build their houses. For the next several weeks they helped each other build their houses. When they were finished with the houses Pa asked Mr. Edwards if he would help him build his stable in turn for food. He accepted and they built a sturdy nice looking stable. One night Pa and Laura were sitting in the doorstep and they heard something that sounded very close. It was cowboys! The cowboys were coming to ask Pa if he would help them keep the cattle out of the ravine in turn for fresh meat. He accepted and was back in no time. The next day they decided to go search for an indian camp. They found one eventually but there was no one there. They found some beads and took them home and then they made a necklace for baby Carrie. She loved it. The next few weeks the girls were'nt feeling well. They were very sicka dn needed someone to take care of them luckily htye had a good neighbor who came to just check up on them. It was Mrs. Scott. She took care of them until they became well. Now it was Christmas time. Pa went down to town and bought the girls Christmas presents. They didnt know it but Mr. Scott was on his way over there and he was also bringing him presents for Christmas. They loved all the presents they got and they were very thankful for them.
A week later Pa heard a loud screech from the Scott's house. Pa thought it was something awful like someone was hurt but it was just a panther and Pa ended up killing it anyways. About three weeks later there was a prairie fire. It burned about everything so they decided to leave the prairie. They were going to head West to Plum Creek. That's where the next story of this series begins. ... Read more


86. The Duchess Bakes a Cake
by Virginia Kahl
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Asin: 1930900147
Catlog: Book (2002-02-22)
Publisher: Purple House Press
Sales Rank: 254882
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A long time ago there lived over the waters,
A Duchess, a Duke and their family of daughters.

Everything went smoothly and happily in this large family, until one day the Duchess decided to make:
A lovely light luscious delectable cake.

Would she take the cook's advice? No, she would not. The Duchess put many things into the cake, adding the yeast six times for good measure. So the cake rose, and the Duchess with it -- and how were they to get her down again?

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5-0 out of 5 stars Still baking after all these years...
This book is the reason I got a library card as a child. I loved (and still love) the predicament of the duchess. She was only trying to bake "a lovely light luscious delectable cake" for her family--but things get a bit out of control when she adds too much leavening to the batter. The rhyme and meter are lilting and memorable, the names of her daughters (e.g. "Gunhilde") sound exotic and old-fashioned to a child's ear, and the illustrations are delightful. I'm now in my 30's, and am pleasantly surprised to find that the book is still in print. Even though I don't have any children, I have purchased the book so that I can read it to my siblings' kids and pass on the laughter (and memories) to another generation in my family.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Joy
This is a lyrical, rhythmic, rhyming book of pure joy. Read to a toddler, it will sooth and enchant; to a pre-reader, it becomes a lesson in language and a memory exercise; as an adult with grandchildren of my own, it is a sweet remembrance of my childhood to share with the little one in my lap. It comes with my own personal five star rating.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Treasured Memory!
What wonderful memories of reading this book as a child! My oldest sister would bring me and my siblings to the library. We would sit in the corner and read The Duchess Bakes A Cake. The rhymes quickly capture a child's attention. The book is an engaging tale of the royal Duchess' mishap in the kitchen. Solving the problem was difficult because their poor brains were such that they hadn't thought often and they hadn't thought much. My own children quickly learned the chorus,so to speak, of the lovely light lucious delectable cake. I know they, too, will treasure this memorable book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book, to which I refer occasionally, even now.
I bake a lot, and so my kids have heard all about the Duchess and her cake. If I could only show them the actual book, which for me, exists only as an ephemeral memory, and for my kids, is only a concept. They have never enjoyed reading the book, or relished the great illustrations.

5-0 out of 5 stars Delightfully whimsical story in captivating "musical" verse
I checked this book out of the library numerous times as a child and I wish it were in print. The story is quite simple but highly imaginative. It is the music in the poetry that makes this book a delight. This was written before any thought was given to "dumbing down" children's books and the vocabulary is surprisingly advanced. Not only does the Duchess set out to bake "a lovely, light, luscious, delectable cake" but my very favorite line when I was a child was where the Duke exclaims "I fear an improper proportion of leaven has carried our dear Duchess right up to heaven!" The uncomplicated illustrations do a good job of supporting the story. ... Read more


87. Samantha: An American Girl (The American Girls Collection/Boxed Set)
by Susan S. Adler
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Asin: 0937295779
Catlog: Book (1990-09-01)
Publisher: Pleasant Company Publications
Sales Rank: 32371
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A good book
I liked Meet Samantha. Samantha is a kind and brave nine-year-old girl growing up in 1904. She makes friends with Nellie, the servant girl who comes to work next door. When Jessie, the seamstress at Samantha's house, suddenly leaves, no one will tell Samantha why. She and Nellie plan a secret midnight adventure to find out why Jessie left.

4-0 out of 5 stars A pretty neat book
Samantha is a Victorian girl. She is an orphan who's Grandmother takes her in. Eventually, she moves to New York, where her Aunt and Uncle adopt her. While she is with her Grandmother, she makes new friends, plays tricks on the spoiled neighbor, and goes on lots of exciting adventures. I read the first book in her series last year. I completely fell in love with character! I decided to save my money and buy the Samantha doll from pleasant company. Over all, The Samantha books were great, and I reccomend them to readers ages 8 to 12.

4-0 out of 5 stars Charming stories for young girls.
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88. A Coyote's in the House (Leonard, Elmore)
by Elmore Leonard
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Asin: 006054404X
Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
Publisher: HarperEntertainment
Sales Rank: 20347
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The first ever
children's book from
the New York Times
bestselling master
of contemporary fiction

Buddy's an aging movie star.
Antwan's a rough-and-tumble loner.
And Miss Betty, the show girl, is a princess.

Different in nearly every way, they share one thing: they're all dogs...at heart.

Though Antwan's the leader of his pack and loves hanging in the hills, feasting from Hollywood's chicest garbage cans, he's too curious a coyote to turn down his new friend Buddy's invitation to see how the other half lives. Convincing his new human family he's a mysterious pooch named Timmy, Antwan quickly becomes part of the brood.

But as Antwan's star rises, Buddy's spirits fall. Past his prime to humans, Buddy wants to chuck the luxury and live in the wild -- if Antwan will show him how. To cheer up their pal, Antwan and Miss Betty concoct a daring plan, setting off a chain of uproarious adventures that will teach them all a few new tricks about friendship, family, and life.

Filled with the spot-on dialogue and clever plotting that have made Elmore Leonard top dog among writers of every breed, A Coyote's in the House reveals the inner life of canines -- wild and domesticated -- in a fresh, funny tale for the young and the young at heart.

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4-0 out of 5 stars A HIP, JAZZY KIND OF COYOTE
Antwan, a coyote, notices Buddy, a German Shepard, in a fancy yard, in the Hollywood Hills. Buddy calls to Antwan, invites him in the house. Buddy wants to trade lives with Antwan. He wants Antwan to live in his house while he runs with the gang (pack). When the family comes home, the young, snippety daughter discovers Antwan in the house. She yells, "There's a coyote in the house!" Antwan escapes, but later returns as "Timmy." The family adopts Timmy (Antwan). While living with them, Antwan comes to understand dogs and cats, but isn't sure he will ever like their masters.

The females in the storyline are Miss Betty, the poodle princess, Lola, the movie star cat, and Romana, Antwan's sister. They get in the act when Miss Betty decides she doesn't like Buddy being depressed. She wants him to feel like the hero he played in the movies. She creates a plan involving Lola. (Lola steals the show during this thread of the storyline.)

Elmore Leonard shares the tale of a wild coyote who swears never to be tamed. He likes running with his gang. The story begins with Antwan talking to his gang, about the various dogs and their backgrounds. Antwan, Buddy, and the rest experience various adventures. There are fun and of course gross moments. Kids will love it.

Actor Neil Patrick Harris narrates A Coyote's in the House. He brings out the hip, jazzy personality of Antwan and the older, wiser tone of Buddy. But it's with Miss Betty and Lola that Harris seems to have the most fun. I have to say, Lola is my favorite ... Read more


89. By the Great Horn Spoon!
by Inc. Sid Fleischman
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Catlog: Book (1988-04-30)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 130802
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90. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 3: Early Modern Times
by Susan Wise Bauer
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Asin: 0971412995
Catlog: Book (2004-04-12)
Publisher: Peace Hill Press
Sales Rank: 9966
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary-school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world's civilizations.

Now more than ever, other cultures are affecting our everyday lives—and our children need to learn about the other countries of the world and their history.

Susan Wise Bauer has provided a captivating guide to the history of other lands. Written in an engaging, straightforward manner, The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child; Volume 3: Early Modern Times weaves world history into a story book format. Who was the Sun King? Why did the Luddites go around England smashing machines? And how did samurai become sumo wrestlers?

The Story of the World covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas—find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. Designed as a read-aloud project for parents and children to share together, The Story of the World includes each continent and major people group. Volume 3: Early Modern Times is the third of a four volume series and covers the major historical events in the years 1600 to 1850, as well as including maps, illustrations, and tales from each culture. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Susan hate France!!
I read volume 3 very excitingly, but I feel Susan's prejudice. Her story of the France-especially Napoleon-is not fair! There's no good thing about him. Is that true?
If France childern read this book, they will be very angry.
And 'Opium War' is not detailed.
I wonder how she going to write about modern history.
But it's very exciting and helpful like her another books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Continuing in the same great tradition
Volume three arrived in the mail last week, and I read it in two sittings. It follows the same approach as the first two volumes. The author, Susan Wise Bauer, has targeted this book at young children. It is a great book for thoughtful children. Like the first two books, volume three is written in such a way that it is both entertaining and informative.

Most of the other history books I've read have been very United States focused or European centric. Volume three covers every part of the world. You learn what is happening in Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, India, China, the rest of Asia, and down in Australia & New Zealand. The book covers the time period from about 1500 to 1850.

I am surprised by just how much content is in each page. Even though history is presented in an easy flowing story like format, the book is packed with information.

There are 42 chapters, each with a focus. The first chapter starts off with The Holy Roman Empire, and how Spain became so rich with all the gold and silver coming out of Central and South America. The book ends with the California Gold Rush in 1849 and does a brief overview of the current state of the world in 1849. In between the book covers topics like the Protestant Rebellion, Warlords of Japan, the Spread of Slavery, Plague in England, the Ottoman Empire, the colonies in the New World, Chi'en-lung's Library, the French Revolution, and lots of wars. The book also covers how technology was changing the world. After the 42 chapters there is a five page timeline to help the reader understand when key events happened relative to other key events.

The book doesn't pull any punches. For example in the very first chapter, while talking about all the gold and silver Spain was getting from the New World, we're shown the living conditions of young children working down in the mines. The book doesn't go into graphic detail, but it does mention the warts of history, times and places where evil things happened.

To be well rounded and truly educated children need to have a solid understanding of where civilization has been over the last five thousand years. These "Story of the World" books are a good starting point.

This is a great way for young children to learn history. If you enjoyed the first two, you will enjoy volume three. ... Read more


91. Human Record
by Andrea, Alfred J. Andrea, James H. Overfield
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Asin: 0618370404
Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Sales Rank: 259271
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Well, we use it.
This is the book we use in my history class. The nice part of this text is that the authors give samples of literature from many cultures. You can see the contrasts of each civilizations and the diffrences in their beliefs of mortality, and their views on justice and social class. In all the text is well written, however the time spent on each specific culture could have been more informative. An example is the Egyptian civilization. My opinion is that more detail should have been paid to this civilization. If this book is required reading for your class, I would encourage you to buy this book through Amazon, as I paid more for my copy and it was used at that! ... Read more


92. India (Eyewitness Books)
by Manini Chatterjee, Anita Roy
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Discover the people and traditions of one of the most dynamic countries in the world.

Discover the rich diversity of the world's most populous democracy in this stunning guide. Witness the beauty of the Taj Mahal, learn how India gained its independence, discover the splendor of the Mughal dynasty, and much, much more. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Heavy but Worth it!
These DK white books are uncommonly heavy. They don't have as much detailed information as the Blue Guides or Rough Guides, but are good for brief visits or first timers. Where they excell is their outstanding illustrations and diagrams, often cutaways. The maps are good, but the labeling system makes it difficult to locate things easily. Lots of full page color photos give a preview of the trip. It's a daunting task to try to cover India in a single guide, but this book almost does it. It's well organized, color coded by region. The picture of Palitana in the Gujarat section became the foundation for that section of our 2003 trip to India [ cascoly.com/trav/india.asp ], and the diversion provided one of the highlights of the entire 6 week trip.

Bottom line? Your best bet is to get the Rough and Blue Guides, then be sure that someone else on the trip is carrying the DK. Or buy the books you need, and then just scan the pages you need to bring with you. ... Read more


93. Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci (Time Warp Trio)
by Jon Scieszka, Adam McCauley
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-27)
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You probably know that Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa. Didyou know that he also invented an early version of a helicopter and a tank, andthat he planned to execute the Time Warp Trio for spying on his inventions?Sam's bright idea to look for the inventor of the Book takes the guys to 15thcentury Italy to meet up with Leonardo. But it's going to take at least threemore bright ideas, two magic tricks, and one great invention to get them out oftrouble and safely back home. If not, it could be a lifetime of Italian armytoilet-cleaning detail for Joe, Sam, and Fred. ... Read more


94. Medieval People (Medieval Series)
by Sarah Howarth
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95. Under the Blood-Red Sun
by GRAHAM SALISBURY
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Catlog: Book (1995-11-01)
Publisher: Yearling
Sales Rank: 115520
Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This a great book that tells the story of a historical event
Under the Blood Red Sun was a very good book and I think the author told the story very realistically. He also did a good job of keeping the book going. For example he had 13 year old Tomi play baseball and that kept the book going in between main events. The actions of him and his mother when Sanji died and when his father and grandfather got taken away seemed to be something that an average person would do.The book told a great story of the Pearl Harbor bombing and the Japanese Internment.

4-0 out of 5 stars Under the blood-red sun
Under The Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury is one of the better books I've read. It's about a boy named Tomi who has to deal with discrimination of Japanise-Americans after Pearl Harbor was attacked. Ths book only has a few exiteting parts in it but it is well written so you will want to read on. My favorite part is when Tomi and his friend Billy go fishing with Tomi's dad. Another good part is the epilogue that has interesting facts. I recommend this book to people who like history.

5-0 out of 5 stars A story of friendship in a life changing experience!
This very well written book, Under the Blood Red Sun, had my interest from the very beginning. It has a strong beginning but then starts to slow down. Right after the first chapter the book caught my interest back.

This was a book of a boy, Tomikazu, who was of Japanese descent. He had a Japanese family including his mother, father, sister, and grandfather. Tomi lead a normal life in Hawaii until Pearl Harbor was bombed. Tomi's life then changed. People started calling the Japanese names like Japs. Tomi went through some very dangerous and life threatening adventures. As well as his life, his attitude changes also. His family is going through a very hard time and Tomi learns to be more responsible and respective, especially to his grandfather.

My favorite character in this book would be Tomi's grandfather. I really like how Graham Salisbury told about the grandfather's attitude very detailed and clearly. In the beginning the grandfather was portrayed as a grumpy old man. Later in the book I saw that Tomi was becoming closer to his grandfather than he was before. One reason I think get this idea is because the grandpa told Tomi that he hated puppies and he was going to drown them. The next morning Tomi saw that his Grandpa had built a fence for the puppies that he threatened to drown.

My favorite part of this book was when Tomi went to find and help his father. He finds him but unfortunately cannot help him. Tomi has to be very secretive about this, so secretive he cannot talk to his father eye to eye or he might get caught. I like how Graham Salisbury describes how Tomi moves and walks. It really paints a picture in my mind of how it really would have been.

I think one of the main ideas in this book is that friends can be friends no matter what the difference is between them. My reason for this is that even though Billy is white and Tomi, Japanese, they manage to stay friends the whole time. They have some problems like older brothers and neighbors but they eventually leave that subject alone. All throughout this book Tomi and Billy keep helping each other out. One way is when Tomi was sad about his father; Billy comforted him and tried to make him feel better. I feel this is a very strong idea in this book and that Graham Salisbury showed it very well.

This book has many strengths but also some weaknesses. One weakness it definitely has is that the book starts to move really slowly and made me unsure if it was a good choice. It starts to speed up soon after and it pulled my interest in much more. I also think that it has many strengths. One is that Graham Salisbury would write about something and then make it really start to happen. When Tomi was talking about how dangerous tugboats are because of their propellers and how he gets sucked under water by one, the level of suspense went up!

My recommendation is to try this book out. I would read at least beyond the first chapter before putting the book down because it does have a weak spot for a little while. I thought the book was great and I learned many things about the Japanese discrimination in Hawaii.

5-0 out of 5 stars Under the Blood Red Sun is a great book!
This novel was very well written by Graham Salisbury. One important reason this book is so interesting is Salisbury's use of literary devices. The greatest of these literary devices used are round character, flat character, and symbolism. These three literary devices really bring the story to life.
Character development is extremely important in any novel. Salisbury gave each character in Under the Blood Red Sun the right character to strengthen them in the story. Tomi is classified as a round character. Throughout the story, we became more understanding of Tomi and his complete lifestyle. Papa, on the other hand, is a very important character in the novel but is known as a flat character. Salisbury does not go into detail about him at all until the end when he is taken away.
Symbolism is slightly used in Under the Blood Red Sun. To represent Tomi's family's Japanese pride, they had a picture of the Japan emperor and also a Japanese flag. Even when they are being bombed by the Japanese, Tomi's grandpa continued to symbolize his pride in his native country. Although they still had pride later on, the fact that they had to hide their stuff does not mean they are not symbolizing their devotion.
Graham Salisbury did an excellent job using literary devices in this novel. By his use of these devices, Under the Blood Red Sun was strengthened. Salisbury's character development and symbolism really helped to improve the features of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!!!
Under the Blood Red Sun has a lot of action and keeps you hooked from the first page to the last!! It is a book about a boy, Tomikazu, and his family facing prejudicey during the World War II period.Tomi's family is Japanese and lives in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Tomi tries to survive in two cultures. His American pasttime, baseball, gets hime through hard times he faces. In the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Under the Blood Red Sun is one of my favorite books, and I would certainly recommend this book! ... Read more


96. Farmer Boy (Little House)
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Catlog: Book (1953-10-14)
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Sales Rank: 22526
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Here Almanzo and his brother and sisters help with the summer planting and fall harvest. In winter there is wood to be chopped and great slabs of ice to be cut from the river and stored. Time for fun comes when the jolly tin peddler visits, or best of all, when the fair comes to town.

This is Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of how her husband Almanzo grew up as a farmer boy far from the little house where Laura lived.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A gem
If I could pick one book that every 7,8, or 9 year old MUST read, it would be this one. The story of Almanzo Wilder's life growing up on a farm in New York is totally compelling to children at this age. He's just a small boy, but he's strong, capable, and shoulders so much responsibility in the day-to-day on the farm. He works hard, and like all boys, is daydreamy and wistful to be off playing rather than hauling water or chopping wood, but there's such an intensity of life this brings him that the typical media and gizmo saturated child of today is genuinely envious of Almanzo and charmed to journey with him for the year retold in Farmer Boy.

He comes from a large family, his parents very loving yet very hardworking people who expect a lot of Almanzo. Nearly everything they eat, wear, and use is produced there on the farm, and it is one of the greatest pleasures of the book that the planting and weaving and washing and building and milking and all the other countless necessaries are vividly detailed and the reader can almost taste Almanzo's favorite apples and onions or smell the sweetly dusty air of the hay barn. I think every child who has read this book is eager to go out at once and grow a pumpkin just the way Almanzo does it--Almanzo has the secret for growing the biggest pumpkins in the county. And there's no greater inspiration than Almanzo to tempt kids into adventuring with some good wholesome food. The boy's mealtime accounts are absolutely mouthwatering. And working hard from sun up to sun down, that boy could eat!

But Almanzo is restless, and not so much to be free to play all day, but to be allowed to work with his father's prize horses. His father is known have the finest horses, and he's not about to let just anybody mess with them. Horses must be handled just right, otherwise you could easily ruin them, and Almanzo's not ready to be trusted with them. The 'coming of age' for Almanzo is one of the most touching and powerful in all of children's literature.

Please - if you've a child this age who hasn't yet read or heard Farmer Boy, don't let this book pass them by. By the end of the book you have come to know and love Almanzo so well, it's a sad good-bye indeed. Reader's won't meet him again until years later, as a young man who first meets Laura Ingalls in "By the Shores of Silver Lake".

5-0 out of 5 stars Farmer Boy
FARMER BOY
In Farmer Boy, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, there is a boy named Almanzo Wilder. He is spunky and loved the farm life and especially horses and colts. His father owned and trained them. Almanzo always wanted a colt, but his father wouldn't let him have one. When he goes to the county fair he sees horses there. He asks if he gets a colt, he could take it to the fair next year.
I think that Laura tries to tell us that hard work and being responsible really do matter. Also that if you try you can accomplish anything you want to. I also think that she tries to show us how hard life was in the 1800's. When they needed milk they have to go out and milk the cow in the cold. They can't go to the store and buy a half- gallon of milk.
I really enjoyed reading this book because Laura gives good descriptions and words it very well. She also shows how hard farm life was back then. So does his responsibility pay off? Does he get a colt or not?
By: Maura

5-0 out of 5 stars Yikes!
I've never read any of Wilder's books except this one. I've never even seen "Little House on the Prarie." The first thing I thought while reading this book is, "Did people really live like this?" Sure, the kids in the book had some fun, but mostly their lives were work, from sun up to sun down. The father, in the winter (40 degress below zero) had to get up at midnight and make the cows move around, otherwise they would freeze where they stood. Thank God for modern technology, which has made our lives so much more easy and pleasant. I recommend this novel for everyone. Wilder writes in a simple, sparse style, one you might call "Hemingway for children." Hard to believe people had to live like this, just in order to have enough to eat.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best from a great series!
Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Farmer Boy" is a departure from the rest of the famed "Little House" books in that it does not relate the story of her own family's hardscrabble existence on the western frontier, but instead tells the story of her husband's boyhood on his family's prosperous farm in upstate New York. Thus, it introduces readers to an entirely new family, the Wilders, and the Ingalls family is not even mentioned. However, this is one of the best books of the "Little House" series.

"Farmer Boy" details a year or so in the life of 9 yr old Almanzo Wilder. A good deal of this book is spent showing that life on a farm in the 1860's, even for a well-to-do family living in a civilized part of the country, still meant never-ending, hard, physical labor. Young Almanzo and his siblings spend their lives working on one chore after another- the work changing as the seasons change. Undoubtedly, modern children will read this book and be thankful that they don't live in a time where sleeping in past 5 AM was considered odd and children were expected to be seen (at work) and not heard.

In addition to describing day to day life on a farm, Mrs. Wilder also details the family relationships between the Wilders. Almanzo's parents are shown as loving, but, in contrast to Pa and Ma Ingalls, they come across as a little more stern and authoritarian with their children. For example, James Wilder, Almanzo's father, is always called "Father" never "Pa."

Almanzo's relations with his three siblings are also described. (Almanzo actually had five siblings, but oldest sister, Laura, and younger brother, Perley, were left out of the book.) Almanzo looks up to his 13 yr old brother, Royal. Ten yr old sister Alice is shown as being very spunky and loveable and was obviously Almanzo's favorite sib. (Alice, who was a very pretty girl, died at a fairly young age and this book is her younger brother's tribute to her.) And finally there is Eliza Jane, age 12, who comes across as every younger brother's nightmare of a bossy older sister. It's obvious that Laura Ingalls Wilder did not care much for her sister-in-law Eliza Jane because she portrayed her pretty badly in her books. However, one of the great moments of "Farmer Boy" involves Eliza Jane showing in her own way how much she truly loved her younger brother. The wonderful descriptions of familial relationships in the "Little House" books are one of the big reasons why this series is so beloved.

"Farmer Boy" exudes all the hallmarks of a great "Little House" book- the wonderfully detailed depiction of life on a farm, the loving but still realistic portrayal of family life, and it also exudes a warm-hearted sentiment for an era long gone. Yet, "Farmer Boy" shows some of the darker elements of mid-19th century life. An attempted burglary is a subject of one chapter and the book opens with a pretty scary depiction of an 1860's schoolhouse. The "Little House" books often present a fairly rosy picture of the one-room schoolhouse, yet "Farmer Boy" shows a darker side. In this book, the teenage sons of farmers are shown coming to school just to bust it up and pummel any teacher who gets in their way.

Finally, as an Irish-American, I've always been amused by the unconcious bigotry towards Irish immigrants found in the "Little House" books. The few Irish characters in these books are either shown as fall-down drunks or as fools- read the story about cutting-ice in "Farmer Boy" to see an example. I don't think Laura Ingalls was anti-Irish, but just writing down 19th century attitudes about certain ethnic groups. She did the same thing for American Indians, but even more blatantly.

5-0 out of 5 stars The story of Alonzo Wilder's boyhood
In book three of the Little House series, Wilder turns her attention to the childhood of her husband Alonzo Wilder, who grew up in somewhat different circumstances in New York State. Although life for the Wilders is somewhat more settled and secure than it would be on the prairie, it is still a struggle to make a living off the land. But it is a good life, one that revolves around the family and the simple pleasures of rural life such as attending the fair. I found this book to be one of the more enjoyable of the series and find it unfortunate that Wilder did not write more about her husband. ... Read more


97. Six Million Paper Clips: The Making Of A Children's Holocaust Memorial
by Peter W. Schroeder, Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand
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98. The Story of the World: Activity Book Two: The Middle Ages
by Susan Wise Bauer
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This comprehensive activity book and curriculum guide contains all you need to make history come alive for your child!

Don't just read about history—experience it! Colro a picture of a Viking warrior, make an edible oasis, create a Moorish ruler's turban and Aztec jewelry and more. Designed to turn the accompanying book The Story of the World: Volume 2: The Middle Ages into a complete history program, this Activity Book provides you with comprehension questions and answers, sample narrations, maps and geography activities, coloring pages, lists of additional readings in history and literature, and plenty of simple, hands-on activities&151;all designed for grades 1-4. ... Read more


99. Surviving Hitler : A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps
by Andrea Warren
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"Think of it as a game, Jack.
Play the game right and you might outlast the Nazis."

Caught up in Hitler's Final Solution to annihilate Europe's Jews, fifteen-year-old Jack Mandelbaum is torn from his family and thrown into the nightmarish world of the concentration camps. Here, simple existence is a constant struggle, and Jack must learn to live hour to hour, day to day. Despite intolerable conditions, he resolves not to hate his captors and vows to see his family again. But even with his strong will to survive, how long can Jack continue to play this life-and-death game?

Award-winning author Andrea Warren has crafted an unforgettable true story of a boy becoming a man in the shadow of the Third Reich.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A boy in the Nazi Death Camps
Surviving Hitler, by Andrea Warren, is a story about a boy named Jack Mandelbaum. He is a Jewish boy and lives during the time of WWII. He is separated from his family and lives in a concentration camp. He has to survive in them. He is very determined to survive in the camps because he wants to meet with his family after the war.
During his time in the camps he meets a man named Aaron who gives him vital information about the camps. He also tells him that if he cannot work, the Nazis will kill him. He tells him about the ovens. What I think is the most important rule that Aaron told Jack was that this was just a game that Hitler was playing. Jack was in that game. If Jack lost, he would die, but if Jack won, he would survive the Nazi death camps and live after the war was over.
I recommend this book because it had a lot of good description, great quotes, and a very interesting and unpredictable plot. I would rate this book a 4 1/2 out of 5 and not a 5 out of 5 because it didn't give many details about his life after the war or about the other characters lives after the war. This was an all around good book that I enjoyed very much.

5-0 out of 5 stars Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps
Boy Survivor
Are you interested in World War II and the Nazi death camps and what it was like for the Jews? If you are, you should definitely read this book. It is a true story about a Jewish boy named Jack. Jack lived a normal life with his family in a Polish village called Gdynia. His family was well off and happy. He loved the beach and got into trouble. He was a normal boy. He didn't really practice Judaism. He didn't understand the war and he didn't care, until the Nazi occupation. That changed everything. Jack and his family are forced into a ghetto and later separated and sent to concentration camps. As Jack is moved from camp to camp, he meets new friends and he finds himself changing. All he wants is to survive. All the time he is wondering what happened to his family and when the war will be over. He is always worrying about sickness and what is happening to his family and where they are. Are they even alive? Sometimes he thinks he should just give up and die, but each time he manages to get through, right? You'll have to read and find out!
I loved this book. I have read a lot of books this year, a few were about World War II, and this was one of my favorite. This book really helped me understand what the concentration camps were like. I had always wondered what is was like and I tried to find a good book but none of them was as descriptive and real as this one. One of the reasons was that this story is true. The depth of this book really gave me a great idea about World War II. I got lost in it and never wanted to stop reading. I definitely recommend this book. I would only recommend it to people who can handle detail and gruesome facts. It has to be in detail, it's true! It may be detailed but it is still one of the best books I've ever read.
This book showed what kind of courage, hope, mental strength and faith it took to survive the camps. The most physically strong person could be the first to die, but the strong in heart were the last survivors.

5-0 out of 5 stars A boy at camp
Surviving Hitler was about a boy named Jack who was jewish. Jack lived with his mom,sister,brother, and dad. Jack's dad heard that the nazi's were coming for the jews. Jack's dad sent his family to live with his father in a small village. Jack's dad did not go because he did not have enough money. Before Jack and his family left Jacks sister went to stay with her aunt so she could help her aunt with the baby she just had. Jack and his family finally arrive at there grandfathers house. They stay there for a while then the Nazi's come and put all the jews in little houses with more than one family. Jacks father still has not came back to them. One night in the middle of the night Nazi's came and made the jews immediately leave. Jack and his family waited in line and when it was there turn jack showed the soldier that he had a nazi work stamp. Jack thought it would get his whole family through , but it only got him through. Jack was seperated from his family. Jack was moved to several different camps for his good labor. Then he met a really good friend and they were moved to be camp cooks. Jack would have died a couple of days later if he had not worked in the kitchen. You will have to read the book to see if Jack survives or if he will be reunited with his family.

5-0 out of 5 stars Holocaust Surviving
Surviving Hitler is a wonderful survival story depicting courage, and friendship in a great, breath stopping story about a boy in a Nazi death camp. Jack's faith, courage, and friendship with Moniek help him get through the hard time in his life and survive Hitler. This story is interesting to me because Jack is about my age and sometimes what happens to him can relate to life now. The story taught me about the Holocaust in a way that I could learn it better than usual. Jack can be an idol for people who are going through very hard times in their lives to show them that they can survive it. This book is so good that it is now one of my favorite books of all.

5-0 out of 5 stars True Holocaust Story
Surviving Hitler is one of the best Holocaust books I have read. I love to read about it and this book makes you feel as if you are acually there with him in the death camps. I like the saying,"This is all a game.You must win to live."It is both dramatic as well as a little bit scary.I hope that people will read this book and realize what life was like for the Jews in concentration camps.This is clearly the best non-fiction book I've read. ... Read more


100. The Voice That Challenged a Nation : Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights
by Russell Freedman
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-25)
Publisher: Clarion Books
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"A voice like yours," celebrated conductor Arturo Toscanini told contralto Marian Anderson, "is heard once in a hundred years." This insightful account of the great African American vocalist considers her life and musical career in the context of the history of civil rights in this country. Drawing on Anderson's own writings and other contemporary accounts, Russell Freedman shows readers a singer pursuing her art despite the social constraints that limited the careers of black performers in the 1920s and 1930s. Though not a crusader or a spokesperson by nature, Marian Anderson came to stand for all black artists-and for all Americans of color-when, with the help of such prominent figures as Eleanor Roosevelt, she gave her landmark 1939 performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, which signaled the end of segregation in the arts. Carefully researched, expertly told, and profusely illustrated with contemporary photographs, here is a moving account of the life of a talented and determined artist who left her mark on musical and social history. Through her story, one of today's leading authors of nonfiction for young readers illuminates the social and political climate of the day and an important chapter in American history.Notes, bibliography, discography, index. ... Read more


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