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Children's History of the 20th Century (DK Millennium) [Hardcover]

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Outline ReviewAt the dawn of the 20th century, a man named L. Frank Baum had just written a story about a magical land called Oz, and the Wright brothers had made the first powered flight. On the eve of the 21st century, the world is connected via the Internet, and the Spice Girls mingle with Nelson Mandela. In the intervening years the world has undergone countless dramatic changes and discoveries. Written with children in mind, this unusual, compelling volume fills in as many of the gaps as possible, revealing in journalistic articles the events that altered the course of history. Headlines from "Australia Gains Its Independence" to "Prague Is Invaded" to "King Dies, but Dream Lives On" add a sense of immediacy to past events. This comprehensive historical resource uses photos, time line panels, and special features (the Russian Revolution, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Space Race, etc.) to unfold, year by year, the century's triumphs and defeats. In caption-style quotations interwoven throughout, children reveal their hopes for the future and memories of the past.

Beautifully designed and thoroughly researched, this big history book is a far cry from the textbooks of elementary school. Granted, it doesn't delve deeply into any one subject, but it touches thoughtfully on thousands of important topics, giving a sweeping overview of the 20th century's events, people, places, trends, and inventions. With more than 3,500 photographs and lively, dramatic writing, this addictive book truly brings history to life. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter

Product Description
This lavishly illustrated, chronologically organized reference gives children an unparalleled overview of this most eventful of centuries. Features include sections on the U.S. government, sports, music, movies, and theater, plus an introduction in which children give their thoughts on the century behind and the millennium ahead.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   344
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.4" Width: 9.2" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 1999
Publisher   DK Children
ISBN  0789447223  
ISBN13  9780789447227  

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More About DK Publishing

DK Publishing Dorling Kindersley (DK) is a British multinational publishing company specializing in illustrated reference books for adults and children in 51 languages. It is part of Penguin Random House, a consumer publishing company jointly owned by Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA and Pearson PLC. Bertelsmann owns 53% of the company and Pearson owns 47%.

Established in 1974, DK publishes a range of titles in genres including travel (including Eyewitness Travel Guides), arts and crafts, business, history, cooking, gaming, gardening, health and fitness, natural history, parenting, science and reference. They also publish books for children, toddlers and babies, covering such topics as history, the human body, animals and activities, as well as licensed properties such as LEGO, Disney and DeLiSo, licensor of the toy Sophie La Girafe. DK has offices in New York, London, Munich, New Delhi, Toronto and Melbourne.

DK Publishing has published or released items in the following series...
  1. DK Classic Readers Level 4 (Paperback)
  2. Soft-To-Touch Book

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > Modern
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Good & enjoyable overview of the 20th Century  Aug 31, 2005
I bought this book for my 13yo son as a supplement to his 8th grade history. He ended up reading almost the whole book the first day it arrived, even though I planned to use it for several weeks. Since then, he has reread several sections, and really enjoys it.

There is a lot of information in this book (as might be expected from a DK book.) Each year has at least a 2 page spread with lots of pictures and around 4 short articles. (These articles are interesting enough that not only my 11 & 13yo sons have read them, but I also was quite interested by many of them.) In addition, there is a short box at the bottom of the pages for the year with short headlines for other important events of the year, in medicine, sports, politics, entertainment, etc. Many years have 4-6 pages dedicated to them, instead of only 2.

There are also introductory pages with features like what children of the past thought the late 20th/early 21st century would be like, what modern day children think are the best and worst things about the past century, children's thoughts and hopes for the 21st century, etc.

Overall, this book is an excellent starting point for any child or teen wanting to know more about the 20th century. It is even a pretty good starting point for adults. (Teens and adults will want to find more books or other sources to learn more about their favorite eras/topics, however.)
An excellent history of modern times for young readers.  Jul 14, 2000
Ages 8 and older will appreciate Children's History Of The 20thCentury, a fine reference which deserves ongoing recommendation as anexcellent history of modern times. Bright contemporary color photos blend with a timeline of 20th century leaders, events, and history in an exceptional coverage.
Lively and Entertaining  Oct 22, 1999
This is a beautifully designed book and will take readers on a lively and entertaining journey through the 20th century's events. Details are scant, but the photos make for a scrapbook effect. If you enjoy this book, then you should also look at Larry Dane Brimner's millennium book, The Official M&M's Book of the Millennium, which explains how we got to this point in time.

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