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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)
Publisher: QEB Publishing (July 1, 2014)
Ages: 8 and up