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Roots for Kids: A Genealogy Guide for Young People
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As a writer, I consider myself to be mostly a "teller of stories" and I find the true stories from the adventure of history to be the ones I most enjoy telling. I have always been a reader of history. I especially loved to read biographies during my childhood. As an adult, I began reading more of the actual primary source material of history--diaries and letters and reminiscences by people who were actually involved in an historical event. The stories I found in this reading, especially the ones from the Civil War and Revolutionary War were fascinating and much too interesting to be left to just adult readers. So I became a writer of history, in addition to being a reader of it. All I try to do is to take my favorite stories from history and share them with younger readers, using the words of the people who were really there as much as possible. Over the years I have expanded the history I enjoy to some parts of European history especially anything to do with the Romans, and anything from the Medieval and Renaissance periods.
However, as the years have passed, I find that all that I have learned and then shared with my readers stays with me and makes me only want to write more. This time I want to be able to speculate of what these real people were really thinking, and that means writing fiction. My writing will still be full of history--I couldn't get away from that if I tried! But now I'll have room to close my eyes and pretend that I am there back in the past, part of all that real history I still love!
Top Customer Reviews
Lately I've been thinking of ways to teach my children about the family and my research and wondered how one might make a pile of papers and old photographs truly interesting to them.
Well, this book begins with a wonderful picture of putting together a jigsaw puzzle - you don't know what you really have until the pieces are in place. As the book works through the various topics and record types, the author does a great job of incorporating story and mental images into the process, making it more tangible and understandable to a young researcher.
I'd recommend this book to anyone hoping to pass on the genealogy bug to their kids or even to get adults started on the basics.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For the young man in my family who's curious about the connections between various family members, this is one of his holiday gifts.Published 15 months ago by Carol Zlotkin