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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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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

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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: 11 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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It is a really cool book on Chicago. My 11 year old daughter wanted to learn about Chicago and then take a trip there next summer to actually visit some of these places. It's written great with a good balance of pictures and projects to do.
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I've given this book to many kids and adults because it is truly the most accessible history of the city of Chicago I've seen. The book traces American history by exploring the amazing city of Chicago from the first dinosaurs until today. By examining how Chicago's unique culture was created and expanded from the early 1800s, the book examines issues that faced all of America during the last 200 years in a way kids can understand.

Native American life is explored first including how the city got it's name, then the book delves into why the city's first settler was a black man, the arrival of Europeans, the story of Fort Dearborn, the truth about the Chicago fire, the Chicago Exposition, and the influence of Marshall Field and a group of architects who became world-renowned for inventing the skyscraper. The book also examines how people from different countries combined to create the city's unique culture of neighborhoods, including how the blues arrived with sharecroppers from Mississippi's Delta and how ethnice groups including Germans, Serbs, Irish, Mexicans, Poles and other groups came to find work and brought along their own cultural additions to Chicago.

The book looks at all aspects of Chicago from it's earliest beginnings - and does so in a way that is easy for kids to understand and for adults to enjoy. A real gem of a book and great family reading.
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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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