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The Battle of Gettysburg (Graphic History) Paperback – January 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: GN 620L (What's this?)
  • Series: Graphic History
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Graphic Library; First Printing edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736868801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736868808
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 6.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection.  Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jean E. Pouliot on October 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
I admire the Graphics Library for trying to take on big historical subjects and explain them to kids via graphics means. But sometimes they bite off more than they can chew. "The Battle of Gettysburg" is one such example. I have read much about the battle and visted the scene on several occassions. But I still find the action of the 3-day event difficult to grasp. Tens of throusands of men swarming over thousands of acres in the din of battle, with phenomenal heroism and sometimes folly on both sides -- there's too much to make sense of in a few pages.

The larger elements of the battles -- Lee's desire to take the fight to the North, the Peach Orchard, the Wheatfield, Devil's Den and Pickett's Charge -- are included.The entire story is bracketed by the attack on Fort Sumter and Appomatix, giving an uninformed reader the sense that Gettysburg brought an end to the war, though it would slog on for nearly 2 more years afterwards. There is little context to the story. Without a map, it's hard to tell where the action is taking place on the sprawling battlefield. The book simplifies the cause of the Civl War to slavery. Some might object to the lack of blood and others to a non-neutral stance that has Confederate troops called "Rebels" and once as "enemy."

I consider this another "miss" in the Graphics Library collction. A noble thought, but "The Battle of Gettysburg" is neither clear enough for younger readers (2-4 grade) nor informative enough for intermediate readers (5-6 grade). The book's childish and bloodless style for mature readers (7th grade and up) with a deepening understanding of history and appreciation for more "grown up" graphic material.
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Format: Hardcover
If there was a decisive battle in the American Civil war it was at Gettysburg. Had the Confederate side won there, it is likely that the Union government under Abraham Lincoln would have faced unstoppable pressure to seek a negotiated peace with the Confederacy. It is also likely that foreign nations would have been much more willing to aid the Confederacy. However, once the Confederate forces had to accept defeat and return to Virginia, the end result of the war was no longer in doubt, the only question was how long it would take.
In this book Burgan explains the entire context for this climactic battle, including the fact that it was largely an accident rather than the consequence of a set plan. Small Confederate forces went to the town of Gettysburg looking to acquire shoes, yet once the shooting started, both sides did not hesitate to pour their forces into the battle. The explanations of the battle are told in a way that is complete and at the level of the elementary school student.
Any study of the American Civil War must include coverage of the battle of Gettysburg and given the sound coverage in this book, it is an excellent resource for the study of history in American elementary schools.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on February 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
The battle of Gettysburg is presented in a graphic format. I like this book because it does clarify Gettysburg for my students learning English and learning American history at the same time. It helps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elvin Ortiz on July 16, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Although most of the Graphic Library collections are excellent in their portrayal of history, The Battle of Gettysburg may have proved to be quite a challenge. Albeit it is one significant event in this war, there wasn't enough material that could justify a graphic representation. While I was reading it, I got a bit confused and had to reread the narrative a couple of times because the text kept switching between Northerners and Confederates. This confusion was intensified by the Culp Hill and Cemetery Hill battles. I definitely think that maps of the region and drawings showing the battlefield from above could have effectively aided this war narrative. The pictures could have given readers a better idea of how a battle was fought in those days. Instead this text shifted from small panels showing battle scenes and decisions that were made behind closed doors. When you think of this text from a pedagogical standpoint, there isn't much to offer. From the information and pictures, it would be difficult to draw comprehension skills.

Perhaps students might be motivated to learn by seeing the drawings of the battle here. At least, students may know that this was the battle that lead to the Gettysburg address which is explained in the last chapter and presented in full at the end of the book. Also the language is at the reading level it targets and the art design is neat. Other than that it remains a weak text.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annmarie Monroe on June 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Arrived in excellent condition and a day earlier than scheduled.My grandson loves this book and is always taking it out from the library....thank you.
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