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Eyewitness: Civil War Hardcover – September 27, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 12
  • Series: DK Eyewitness Books
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN (September 27, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789463024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789463029
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.9 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4 Up-This illustrated history offers a stunning array of reproductions and photographs of the sites, people, and artifacts associated with the war. The book is divided into 29 two-page chapters covering such topics as the slavery debate, the election of 1860, raising armies, camp life, women during the war, Gettysburg, and the Confederacy surrender. A paragraph of text introduces each topic and informative, often lengthy, captions accompany the numerous black-and-white and full-color illustrations. This title will make an outstanding addition to collections of Civil War history and will draw visual learners. The many dramatic photos may inspire students to seek more in-depth material.
Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 5-8. The American Civil War becomes accessible in the familiar decision of Eyewitness books. The double-page spread format uses brief text, many illustrations, and lengthy captions in very small type. Illustrations include period photographs, engravings, and documents, as well as photos of artifacts such as rifles, flags, and uniforms. Arranged roughly chronologically, the book begins with discussions of states' rights and slavery and ends with Reconstruction. In between, it discusses some major battles but focuses primarily on broader topics, such as "The Underground Railroad," "Great commanders," and "Army camp life." A highly visual treatment of the war. Carolyn Phelan
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It is avery good book for younger readers.
Steven J. Olnick
These books always excite my 11 year old--who usually fights reading!
Sara Bennett
DK is great at creating books full of high-quality photos.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I think that with the topic of the Civil War the DK Eyewitness Book series has met its match. The goal of these wonderfully illustrated books is to give readers the equivalent of going to a museum, albeit one that is able to collect photographs, paintings, and artifacts from dozens of choice sources. However, when you are dealing with a topic as large as the Civil War all you can really do is scratch the surface and provide readers with a general introduction. "Civil War" is definitely not the first book a young student would turn to for information about the topic, but for those whose previous readings have kindled a passion for this pivotal period in American history this book will be a treat, primarily in its depiction of artifacts. Young Civil War buffs will already be familiar with the portraits of the Union and Confederate generals, and many of the photographs and etchings will be familiar from other illustrated works. Consequently, they will find the contemporary photographs of priceless historic artifacts to more interesting that the familiar period illustrations.
This photo-filled guide focuses each two-page spread on particular topics ranging from the Underground Railroad and how both sides raised armies to black volunteers and field artillery. The war itself is reduced to the battles of Bull Run and Gettysburg, the siege of Vicksburg, Sherman's March to the Sea, and Lee's surrender. Again, this underscores that this is a supplemental volume and not a primary source of information about the Civil War. The rule of thumb here is that the less you know about the Civil War the more you will be impressed with this volume, because the more you know the more likely you have already encountered most of the information and illustrations contained herein.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hello Kitty Ellen on January 7, 2004
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DK is great at creating books full of high-quality photos. This book includes great photos of Civil War soldiers in their uniforms. It also has photos of soldiers lying dead on a battlefield and a Southern home riddled with holes from canon fire, photos I had never seen in my history books. It has good, close-up photos and drawings of the guns, grenades, hardtack biscuits and other everyday items used by soldiers back then. Very interesting!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wayne A. Smith VINE VOICE on August 16, 2005
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DK has a great formula for introducing topics to kids. Beautiful graphics, excellent layout and good summaries of important facts surrounding their topics.

Such is the same for their Civil War book. For the child wanting (or needing) an introduction to the Civil War this book will serve well. The pictures draw the attention of the browser and the text gives a pretty good brief summary of the why, who and what for the reader.

An excellent addition for your child's library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary J. Chenett on December 8, 2009
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I bought this book for my Grandson, he is 8, loves to read and like all great kids has some very detailed questions he would like answered,
There is a entire series of these "Eye Witness" books.
They are great.

He had his questions answered about what cannons and swords are like, and yes he understands now people die and he also understands what a Patriot is and that sometimes a mans duty is to protect his family and Country at all costs.

But it's not a bloody gory book, It's reality and done very well,
It's about 80 pages, He read it in 2 days tops and remembered everything in the book,
Check this series out, I was and am very impressed with them.
They have books on many topics of wars and conflicts we have been in as a Country. A outstanding reality History book for a change that speaks the truth in the details a 8 year old is satisfied with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven J. Olnick on January 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I purchased this book I did not realize it was for children. It is avery good book for younger readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sara Bennett on November 25, 2009
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These books always excite my 11 year old--who usually fights reading! the pictures and how all the little pieces on the page all fit together, keeps him asking, "well, what about this part, mom?"
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