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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: What Was...?
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (February 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448462869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448462868
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The What Was . . . ? series provides introductory information on a host of historical topics, from the March on Washington to the California gold rush. This latest installment offers a strongly contextualized account of the bloodiest engagement of the Civil War and a mostly chronological discussion of the battle. Chapters, each beginning with a historical date, tell the story in a narrative format, but the story is effectively broken up with boxed biographies of such figures as Mathew Brady, Jeb Stuart, and Abraham Lincoln. Line drawings and maps along with actual photographs of key people, artifacts, and landmarks are littered throughout, bringing to life the complicated series of events. The Battle of Gettysburg is a perennial hot topic in nonfiction, but with its upcoming sesquicentennial, interest is sure to be at an all-time high, and this book is an excellent primer of its key themes. Grades 4-7. --Erin Anderson

About the Author

Jim O'Connor is the author of several nonfiction books including Jackie Robinson and the Story of All-Black Baseball.

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Grandson loved it!
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If you have fourth or fifth graders interested in history, I would recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harold J. Hutchinson on March 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
I picked up a copy for my granddaughter. She is 10. I got to read it first because she was finishing up another book. I read it in about an hour. I actually couldn't put it down. It was a great history review, and simply enjoyable reading.
She just finished it and enjoyed it also. We're thinking about visiting Gettysburg and looking up some of the sites mentioned in the book.
This book is well written with excellent illustrations. I highly recommend it and my granddaughter thinks it's a great gift for 8-12 year old boys or girls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C M Anderson on February 22, 2014
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I, the history scholar, am very impressed with this book. Jim O'Connor is a descendent of one of the men who died in the bloodiest battle of the Civil War of our great country. He took great work of condensing the three days of events into a very serious summation. You won't find better than this if you truly want to know what really happened with the battle of Gettysburg without having to read a long book about it. MR. O'Connor did an excellent job. You will not find a more brilliant summary that is directly to the point AND very involved action. Bravo to "What Was The Battle Of Gettysburg?" I could and will read this many times over. It is extraordinary and engaging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Maynard on March 19, 2013
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im still reading it but, so far its great and totally worth it. if your thinking of buying it, do it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Herman on March 15, 2013
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Just got my first three in this series, and my students have enjoyed all three. This series is similar to the Who Was/Who Is series that brings non-fiction to kids in an inviting way. Great for my fourth grade students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wabbit67 on May 6, 2014
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On the whole I found this book to be a judicious, well balanced book on Gettysburg. My 10 year old sons read it quite attentively. If you have fourth or fifth graders interested in history, I would recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol E. Nieto on August 6, 2014
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This is a good book it shows pictures about the battle and has lots of facts about the battle of Gettysburg and has the full Gettysburg address
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth W. Cloud on June 2, 2014
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Bought for my 10 year old grandson prior to trip to Gettysburg. He got so much more knowing the history before seeing the monuments.
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My elementary aged boys LOVE the "Big Head Books" series. Easy to read and full of information on important historical figures.
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