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You Wouldn't Want to Be a Civil War Soldier!: A War You'd Rather Not Fight Paperback – March 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: You Wouldn't Want To...
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Children's Press(CT) (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531163938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531163931
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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That book also included a lot of drawings.
The Seeker
My youngest is captivated even at four, my girls at 8 and 10 devour them over and over again, and my husband and I can't wait to read each new book.
Ann B. Hibbard
Easy-to-read and packed with more information than our actual history book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ann B. Hibbard VINE VOICE on June 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
We are a family of avid readers from oldest to youngest (even though he can't quite read well for himself yet). As homeschoolers, we are always trying to find books to supplement our favorite subject: history. We especially look for history books that we can read to the preschooler to draw him into what we're learning in history. Since it's just too much to review every book we've read in this series, I'm going to do a combination review of this book and the series as a whole right here.

THIS BOOK: This particular volume is taken from the perspective of a Union soldier. It is rather obvious from the cover that the soldier is on the Union side, but I think I would have preferred the title to delineate that a little more. Or, better yet, I think it might have been neat to devote half the book to each side for the balance of perspectives. However, within the book there is some description of both sides and of some of the similarities and differences. And, all in all, I liked the perspective of it, incorporating side-specific information. All in all, I found this perfect for what it is: a picture book with basic information on what it meant to be a Union soldier in the US Civil War.

SERIES: This series covers such a wide range of history that we can easily find 10 books per year that fit into what we're learning. Each book gives a glimpse or overview of the topic covered. They are not written in story form, but in interesting fact form, so frequently they throw in tidbits that you don't typically find in a normal history book. They are also appropriate for just about every age. My youngest is captivated even at four, my girls at 8 and 10 devour them over and over again, and my husband and I can't wait to read each new book. So far we have not found one that we dislike.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
The "you wouldn't want to ..." series is great to teach children history, because it shows what life was like. How gladiators trained, how knights fought, and so on. This is very interesting for children.

This book only mentions a few details of daily life. Instead, it is a list of battles with their dates and a few details. That makes it boring and irrelevant to the target audience.

Save your money for something really good, such as You Wouldn't Want to Live in a Wild West Town! (You Wouldn't Want to...) or You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Pioneer! (You Wouldn't Want to...)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Seeker on August 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
For those of you who do not know - "Hardtack and Coffee" was a history book written by a veteran in the Union Army. The book was released in the late 1880's and it was all about the life of a Federal solider in the 1860's. That book also included a lot of drawings. "You Wouldn't Want to Be a Civil War Solider: A War You'd Rather Not Fight" (You Wouldn't Want To) is a lot like that book in many ways.

I thought that this was a very fun book. Even though it's for kids, I couldn't help but buy it and read it even though I'm in my late twenties. lol. I've been interested in the American Civil War since I was in the first grade and this book not only appealed to me because I am an American Civil War Buff, but it also appealed to my inner-child.

The reader reads things from the POV if you were a solider from Connecticut that joins the U.S. Army in the 1860's during the American War between the States. It's not a political book at all and it's not bias. There's even a section of what life was like for the Confederate soldiers as well and shows them in a sympathetic light. The book does not make war seem "cool" at all and explains the many discomforts of what it was like to be a U.S. or C.S. soldier back then.

The only thing that really makes it a kid's book is that the fact that it's a short read, no big words are used, there's no small print and that there are all sorts of drawings which I loved. I thought the cartoons were very cool, very well draw and were my favorite part of the book. I also learned a few things from this book I did not know before. For example, I learned that many of the men's wives joined them and worked for the Army as cooks and did the laundry. I never knew that before.

I think this is a great book that anyone of any age can enjoy and learn from.
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Format: Paperback
I just discovered this series and I've been reading a few of them for fun this summer.

"You Wouldn't Want to Be a Civil War Soldier..." is entertaining and it contains solid, accurate history presented in a visually interesting format.

While I've been looking a few of these over for my own personal entertainment, my almost 4th grade daughter has been sneaking them out of the stack and reading them without any encouragement from me. Imagine! Kids surreptitiously reading history!

The only complaint I have about the back is the total lack of African American faces in the drawings. The book notes that 179,000 African American soldiers served in the war, which is good but fails to include a single African American in the drawings. While it mostly makes sense due to the strict segregation of the army (the book follows one soldier from Connecticut who joins before the First Battle of Bull Run and stays until Appomattox), if I had been the editor I would have insisted on including African Americans on pages 26 & 27, the pages that talk about the siege of Petersburg and the Battle of the Crater. African Americans made up the bulk of the Union troops in the first wave of the Battle of the Crater and it would have been a great place to include some different faces in the art.
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