Review: Awesome America
Awesome America: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the History, People, and Culture by Katy Steinmetz is a wonderful resource for middle grade students. With over 800 photographs as well as charts and sections that include Our Government, Our Presidents, Tour the Fifty States, Civil Rights, Great Americans, America’s Role in the World, and a Year-by-Year Timeline, this book is full of accessible information that young students want and need to know. The information is presented in a lively and interesting manner that is sure to engage youngsters and teach them a thing or two. There’s even a glossary and index so everything is readily available!
I read Awesome America straight through from cover and to cover and did find it repetitive a time or two, but I don’t think that’s the way most people will approach this book. The illustrations and charts make it a fun book to dip in and out of or to grab when you need some information about our government, history, or even pop culture. Young readers are sure to learn something from this book because I did! I didn’t realize Native Americans didn’t have the right to vote everywhere in the U. S. until 1956!
This is the perfect book for the classroom so the publisher has created a terrific curriculum guide. Of course, there’s no reason parents can’t explore its resources to use the book at home.
I can’t say enough good things about Awesome America! I think kids will pick it up over and over again because it makes learning fun! Pick this one up for the kids in your life, just in time for the 4th of July!
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Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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