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Now more than ever, kids want to know about our country's great struggles during World War II. This book is packed with information that kids will find fascinating, from Hitler's rise to power in 1933 to the surrender of the Japanese in 1945. Much more than an ordinary history book, it is filled with excerpts from actual wartime letters written to and by American and Germa Now more than ever, kids want to know about our country's great struggles during World War II. This book is packed with information that kids will find fascinating, from Hitler's rise to power in 1933 to the surrender of the Japanese in 1945. Much more than an ordinary history book, it is filled with excerpts from actual wartime letters written to and by American and German troops, personal anecdotes from people who lived through the war in the United States, Germany, Britain, Russia, Hungary, and Japan, and gripping stories from Holocaust survivors—all add a humanizing global perspective to the war. This collection of 21 activities shows kids how it felt to live through this monumental period in history. They will play a rationing game or try the butter extender recipe to understand the everyday sacrifices made by wartime families. They will try their hands at military strategy in coastal defense, break a code, and play a latitude and longitude tracking game. Whether growing a victory garden or staging an adventure radio program, kids will appreciate the hardships and joys experienced on the home front.


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Now more than ever, kids want to know about our country's great struggles during World War II. This book is packed with information that kids will find fascinating, from Hitler's rise to power in 1933 to the surrender of the Japanese in 1945. Much more than an ordinary history book, it is filled with excerpts from actual wartime letters written to and by American and Germa Now more than ever, kids want to know about our country's great struggles during World War II. This book is packed with information that kids will find fascinating, from Hitler's rise to power in 1933 to the surrender of the Japanese in 1945. Much more than an ordinary history book, it is filled with excerpts from actual wartime letters written to and by American and German troops, personal anecdotes from people who lived through the war in the United States, Germany, Britain, Russia, Hungary, and Japan, and gripping stories from Holocaust survivors—all add a humanizing global perspective to the war. This collection of 21 activities shows kids how it felt to live through this monumental period in history. They will play a rationing game or try the butter extender recipe to understand the everyday sacrifices made by wartime families. They will try their hands at military strategy in coastal defense, break a code, and play a latitude and longitude tracking game. Whether growing a victory garden or staging an adventure radio program, kids will appreciate the hardships and joys experienced on the home front.

30 review for World War II for Kids: A History with 21 Activities

  1. 4 out of 5

    Reese Richter

    I read this book and thought it was only a book about WW2 until I saw all of the activities that you could do. There were things like drawing a poster from the time period and also pack a lunch from WW2. For the lunch activity you had to have under a couple ounces of every main nutrient. This was very hard to do because what was supposed to be a lunch was more like a small granola bar.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I enjoyed reading this to my son. He loves reading and learning about WW II. He asked questions and was fully engaged. I also learned more about WW II. I liked that because it was made for kids, the author left out the gruesome details. The last paragraph in the book was probably the most enlightening to me... “the war that had cost the world 50 million lives was finally over,but even today. The politics of the world continue to be shaped by the events of the years 1939 to 1945.” That’s so true! I enjoyed reading this to my son. He loves reading and learning about WW II. He asked questions and was fully engaged. I also learned more about WW II. I liked that because it was made for kids, the author left out the gruesome details. The last paragraph in the book was probably the most enlightening to me... “the war that had cost the world 50 million lives was finally over,but even today. The politics of the world continue to be shaped by the events of the years 1939 to 1945.” That’s so true! Another fact I didn’t know... “ the state of Israel was founded as a home for the displaced survivors of the Holocaust.” This book was a great depiction of the horrors of war. I would encourage all ages to read this if they wanted to learn more about the Second World War. I also liked the human interest stories that the author put within all the facts. There was also crafts and what not, but we didn’t do any of them.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Caniglia & Shannen Nestor

    World War II for Kids is packed with the information children are curious about from the era that was World War II. The book includes powerful topics such the rise of Hitler in 1933 and the surrender of the Japanese. The collection of activities within the book allow children to feel the struggles and sacrifices that were necessary for families during this time. I thought this book was a great informational text to include in a text set for race and segregation in American history. The book incl World War II for Kids is packed with the information children are curious about from the era that was World War II. The book includes powerful topics such the rise of Hitler in 1933 and the surrender of the Japanese. The collection of activities within the book allow children to feel the struggles and sacrifices that were necessary for families during this time. I thought this book was a great informational text to include in a text set for race and segregation in American history. The book includes colorful photographs, timelines, and activities for children to engage in with peers and teachers. "Recent history is so fascinating because you can still touch it. You can still meet and talk to people who were there when the events of World War II took place. It is up to us to take advantage of these eyewitnesses to history before it is too late."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Miller

    This book has great information from around the world during the 1930s and 40s. The German viewpoint is explored a bit as well as different places in Europe. What struck me the most was the kindertransport before the war began. 10,000 Jewish children were taken to England. They were lucky, according to this book, because after the war began only 1 in 15 Jewish children from ages 2-17 survived. Or, to quote the book, 100,000 of the 1.5 million Jewish children in Europe survived. A great resource This book has great information from around the world during the 1930s and 40s. The German viewpoint is explored a bit as well as different places in Europe. What struck me the most was the kindertransport before the war began. 10,000 Jewish children were taken to England. They were lucky, according to this book, because after the war began only 1 in 15 Jewish children from ages 2-17 survived. Or, to quote the book, 100,000 of the 1.5 million Jewish children in Europe survived. A great resource for teachers with extra activities for learning.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    This is a great resource for ideas of making WWII more concrete to the students. It has a wealth of information to use in the forms of pictures, timelines, maps, etc. not to mention all the suggestions for simple activities to help make some of the information more accessible to students. I especially like the sections about the home front and think that some students would really enjoy exploring these activities.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Delaney States

    I rate this book 5 stars because there are so many awesome a activities that can be used in the classroom. Reading a book about a sensitive topic such as WWII can be tricky but putting activities with it gives students a new perspective but they will also be learning and getting the information but also enjoying it. I chose this book based on the actives alone. Even if I don’t use this book to teach WWII I can still use the book for the actives.

  7. 5 out of 5

    S.A.C.

    Very informative and interesting.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Great for curious kids. It gives them plenty of information and my 10 year old refers back to it

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book looks like a great resource for kids to read about WWII and it seems to cover all aspects of the war in a great overview. There are helpful maps and a timeline at the beginning. What I really love are the "activities with a purpose". Some of the activities include "Make a Ration Kit" (for soldiers), "Know Your Ranks", "Stage a Radio Adventure Program", "Rationing Game" (where you calculate how much food your family would actually need - there's a lot of great math involved!), and "Coas This book looks like a great resource for kids to read about WWII and it seems to cover all aspects of the war in a great overview. There are helpful maps and a timeline at the beginning. What I really love are the "activities with a purpose". Some of the activities include "Make a Ration Kit" (for soldiers), "Know Your Ranks", "Stage a Radio Adventure Program", "Rationing Game" (where you calculate how much food your family would actually need - there's a lot of great math involved!), and "Coastal Defense" - all of these activities look really impressive and so meaningful. As a historian who loves studying this era, this book gets me really excited. I think I'm going to have to buy it. I'm putting 4 stars based on flipping through it alone and I'll come back later for a more complete review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donnell

    Excellent, easy to understand, description of World War II generously sprinkled with helpful graphs, first person stories and thoughtful activities to deepen understanding. Even adults will find it a fun, informative read. While reading of the Hitler-led, premeditated plot to eliminate all the Jews of Europe, it is impossible to say America should not have entered that war. But what about other wars America has entered? One can't help but wonder. Have any of the other countries we have fought ha Excellent, easy to understand, description of World War II generously sprinkled with helpful graphs, first person stories and thoughtful activities to deepen understanding. Even adults will find it a fun, informative read. While reading of the Hitler-led, premeditated plot to eliminate all the Jews of Europe, it is impossible to say America should not have entered that war. But what about other wars America has entered? One can't help but wonder. Have any of the other countries we have fought had such an evil that had suddenly emerged? We may have hated the idea of a communist system but was it a systematic killing of a people? We may fret over countries riddled by corruption and hijacked by dictators, but where is the line between evil-we-must-help-eliminate and a government-a-people-have-chosen, even if bloodier than we would choose?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Austin Arndt

    Its shows many different perspectives of people. It has some kids from that time point of view which I like about it. It has activities in it for young people. Overall this is for someone who is just getting started learning about world war two. Not for someone that has been reading about world war two for a long time.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    This is a great overview of World War II for kids, and a good refresher for adults as well. It's packed with information that still manages to be kid friendly. My nine year old son devoured this book over the course of about a week. This is a great overview of World War II for kids, and a good refresher for adults as well. It's packed with information that still manages to be kid friendly. My nine year old son devoured this book over the course of about a week.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    A good overview of World War II with excerpts from actual people involved. Part of my son's history curriculum. A good overview of World War II with excerpts from actual people involved. Part of my son's history curriculum.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Suzannah

    Fantastic book for teaching WWII. LOVE IT!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Perry

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hope Gunther

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Stewart

  19. 4 out of 5

    Seth Zahner

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jayden

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emily M. Smithberger

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gunaraj Shanmugam

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gmackster

  26. 5 out of 5

    person

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carole Bullard

  28. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  29. 5 out of 5

    Arkman

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lauri Meyers

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