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Product Type: Books
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: History

 


2004 Award
Remember the Lusitania!
(by Diana Preston, Walker Books $20.95 Score:) This is the story of three children aboard the Lusitania, on its final voyage. Since they are in different parts of the ship their stories paint a picture of contrasting styles in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd class parts of the ship. But, when a German torpedo strikes the drama centers on their struggle to survive a disaster at sea. Although you may begin the book knowing how the big story ends, there is a good deal of suspense and drama in the telling. A dramatic event that brought the United States into WWI. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2005 Award
Secret of the Sphinx
(James C. Giblin/illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline, Scholastic $17.95 Score:) Handsome illustrations inform a masterfully crafted text that introduces readers to the many strange legends and theories that surround the ancient wonder, the Great Sphinx. Giblin manages to spin a captivating tale that leaves us with a continuing sense of mystery and awe for the massive statue—part lion and part man—that has guarded the pyramids of Egypt’s Giza Plateau for 4500 years. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2006 Award
Kamishibai Man
(by Allen Say, Houghton Mifflin $17 Score:) Based on his childhood in Japan, Say recalls the kamishibai man who used to come to the neighborhood (much like the Good Humor Man) to sell candies along with cliffhanger stories that grew each day. TV finished this old tradition, but here the kamishibai man returns to his old neighborhood and is received lovingly by his former children and a new generation. As always, the art is splendid, while the story may interest adults more than children. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Egypt: In Spectacular Cross Section
(by Stephen Biesty, Scholastic $18.99 Score:) Stunning illustrations fill this oversized view of ancient Egypt. He shows us an 11-year-old boy and his father on a 30-day journey up the Nile to the Valley of the Kings. Miniatures to study in cutaway views and text that explains the details.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
From Rags to Riches: A History of Girls' Clothing in America
(by Leslie Sills, Holiday House $16.95 Score:) Future clothing and costume designers or those keen on clothes will enjoy this pictorial history. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Patchwork Path, A Quilt Map to Freedom, The
(by Bettye Stroud/illus. by Erin S. Bennett, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) A father and daughter attempt to escape the plantation in this handsomely illustrated work of historic fiction. Using quilt patterns that were really messages, escaping slaves found help along the way on their journey to freedom. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
I Could Do That!
(by Linda Arms White/illus. by Nancy Carpenter, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) Esther Morris was a determined young girl who always felt she could meet whatever challenge came her way. In time, she not only moves to the frontier, to the Wyoming Territory, she also manages to become the first woman elected to public office in the United States, and gets the vote for Wyoming women! 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Memories of Survival
(by Esther Nisenthal Krinitz and Bernice Steinhardt, Hyperion $15.99 Score:) Embroidered panels are done by a survivor of the Holocaust in Poland and are accompanied with her own words and a commentary by her daughter. Stunning! 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Our Eleanor
(by Candace Fleming, Atheneum $19.95 Score:) You can read this from front to back or dip into the one- and two-page sections that address a particular moment in Eleanor Roosevelt’s remarkable life. There are tons of pictorial materials, photos, newspapers, cartoons, and letters that fill in this “scrapbook” and give young readers a sense of Eleanor’s life as she grew from lonely child to greatly admired leader in a time when there were few such women in the world. 10–14.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
So You Want to be an Explorer
(by Judith St. George/illus. by David Small, Philomel $16.99 Score:) A bit less focused than this team’s So You Want to be President?, this is an interesting concept book that introduces young readers to certain commonalities that explorers through the ages share, such as being curious, adventurous, and determined. They are also risk-takers who respect native people they meet along their way. This will not replace the encyclopedia for school assignments, but rather will address the spirit of exploring in ways that the facts in encyclopedias sometimes forget. 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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