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Chicago History for Kids: Triumphs and Tragedies of the Windy City Includes 21 Activities (For Kids series) Paperback – July 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: For Kids series
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556526547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556526541
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4–9—This attractive overview begins with geography and moves to the colorful stories that characterize the city. Hurd tapped local experts and collections, using primary and secondary sources and the responses of young readers to craft this engaging resource. Beginning with the Ice Age, a time line opens each chapter. Projects range from making a miniature glacier or a Ferris wheel to planning a fire-escape route or tracing one's family history. Walking tours offer maps, directions, and such itineraries as "Chicago's Oldest Landmarks" or "Modern Skyscrapers." The success of the 21 projects is uneven, but immensely readable details broaden the events described, such as why the Black Sox were motivated to throw the 1919 World Series. Excellent-quality photos, maps, illustrations, or boxed facts appear on every page. Skimmers can read parts, focus on projects, or pick up information from the short insets that offer relevant details. The bibliography reads like a resource list for Chicago collections with asterisks to distinguish titles for younger readers. Suggested places to visit, helpful Web sites, and a thorough index are also appended. An all-in-one resource, this is a good starting point for project ideas, history, and general information.—Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library
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Designated a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book for 2007



"A fun, fact-filled tome for our pint-sized history buffs."  —Chicago Social


"A must read . . . couples smart, page-turning text and creative projects to be enjoyed by parents, children and teachers alike."  —Naperville Magazine


"A well-rounded history of Chicago."  —Quintessential Barrington



 "History comes off the page and onto the kitchen table."  —Lake Magazine


More About the Author

Owen J. Hurd was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1965. His family moved to the Chicago area in 1973. After graduating from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Hurd moved to Chicago, where he landed successive jobs with two book publishers, Loyola Press and Bonus Books. Working in publicity and editorial capacities, he developed a love of the book publishing industry and the desire to write his own books someday. After earning a master's in English from DePaul University, Hurd wrote his first book, Chicago History for Kids (Chicago Review Press, 2007). His latest book is After the Fact: The Surprising Fates of American History's Heroes, Villains, and Supporting Characters. Targeted to an adult audience, After the Fact is scheduled to be published by Perigee Trade on August 7, 2012.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on April 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a lifelong Chicagoan, I find this work outstanding. It includes many hands-on activities for kids, such as making a mini-glacier, constructing a simulated Native American longhouse, making a replica of a pinhole camera, using a pan to make a simulated Chicago River watershed, etc.

Topics covered include the Indian past (including the Bowman site and the Blue Island culture), the early fur traders, pre-Fire Chicago, the Chicago Fire, the rapid rebuilding, the Stockyards and consequences of industrialization, various social issues, the 1968 Democratic Convention, the ascension of Harold Washington to the Office of Mayor, etc. An extensive bibliography in the back of the book allows the reader to do further research on this dynamic city.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Rakers on July 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is such a great book. It covers a lot of the history of Chicago that appeals both to kids as well as adults. My nephew really liked the book and had a lot of fun doing the crafts. It was refreshing to have so much fun with a book instead of trying to bear through it. Owen Hurd wrote this in such an intelligent way that it is as entertaining for adults as it is for kids.
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By DEE on July 30, 2013
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I purchased this book as a replacement. It was very helpful for a unit about Chicago at the end of the school year.
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