Saturday, May 30, 2015

50 Things You Should Know About the First World War by Jim Eldridge: Book Review

FTC Disclosure: Book received at no charge to facilitate review.
As time moves on and the children of today see more world wide conflict, the first World War fades into a history that few understand or even try to. But so much of what happened in the first world war is still relevant today.

Through illustrations and actual war time photos, the war is brought to life. The reader learns the role of trench warfare, artillery types, and poison gases in easy to understand text. Fact boxes give interesting tidbits about the war without overwhelming young minds with too much information

Soldiers weren't the only ones who suffered during the war. Those left behind had endured food shortages and rationing and many civilians died from malnutrition or disease. 

Writing from a British point of view, Eldridge mentions the battles in Turkey and the Middle East but glosses over the far reaching effects of bringing the war to the region. However, he does a good job introducing events that led up to the first world war while leaving the reader with plenty of questions that call for further research. An excellent resource for introducing reluctant readers to the first World War.
Rating: ★★★★✬ (4.5/5)

Publishing Information: 

Publisher: QEB Publishing (July 1, 2014)
Ages: 8 and up
ISBN: 978-1609926304
Pages: 80

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