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THE AMERICAN STORY by Jennifer Armstrong Kirkus Star


100 True Tales from American History

by Jennifer Armstrong & illustrated by Roger Roth

Age Range: 7 & up

Pub Date: Aug. 22nd, 2006
ISBN: 0-375-81256-3
Publisher: Knopf

Armstrong approaches history as a storyteller, and each of these stories is a gem of clear and concise writing. Readers are encouraged to find patterns and themes in the tales, and the section called “Story Arcs” serves as a guide. “Black History and Civil Rights,” for example, includes accounts of Thoreau, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Thurgood Marshall and Rosa Parks. Intended more as a “patchwork quilt of history” than a comprehensive or traditional time line, the volume ranges far and wide, with witch trials and monkey trials, hoaxes and curses, whale attacks, balloon rescues, Lizzie Borden and Pac-Man. The abundant full-color art is lively and essential to the great visual appeal of the volume. The superb bibliography contains a big mix of histories for children and adults. Young history buffs will enjoy dipping into this fine collection, and parents and teachers will find it an invaluable resource. (introduction, index) (Nonfiction. 7+)