*** The American Story - 100 True Tales From American History by Jennifer Armstrong. Illustrated by Roger Roth.
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 22, 2006)
Review by Lisa Barker
Jennifer Armstrong has knitted together a patchwork of American tales that are sure to delight the young (grades 4 - 7) and the old. As she states in her introduction, this is not a comprehensive or traditional timeline. It's a book of stories that will give children a more vivid, more alive perspective of history. And it does. My children will devour this book out of sheer pleasure and learn quite a lot about the events and personalities that shaped our country. This is definitely a history book that can inspire your children to crave and seek more.
Not only are the stories short and written in a newsy, informative and engaging style, but the illustrations bring the stories to life. Armstrong covers the years from 1565 to 2000 with some interesting obscure stories you might never hear inthe classroom (but you might hear from your grandparents) mixed in with the very well known and that's what makes the book so unique, interesting and enjoyable. This is a great adition to the family library and a treasure to hand down from generation to generation.
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