- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Paperback: 98 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 11, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471246123
- ISBN-13: 978-0471246121
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.3 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Civil War Days: Discover the Past with Exciting Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes Paperback – March 11, 1999
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From the Back Cover
American Kids in History Dozens of projects and activities that will take you back to the days of the American Civil War Travel back to 1862 and spend a year with the Wheelers, an African American family in New York City, and the Parkhursts, a white family in Charleston, South Carolina, Eleven-year-old Emily Parkhurst and twelve-year-old Timothy Wheeler are eager to share the fun, adventure, and hard work of their daily lives. Along the way, theyll show you how to play the games they play and make the toys and crafts they make. Make your own apple pandowdy and whip up a batch of tasty gingerbread. Send top-secret messages in Morse code, gather materials for crafting evergreen wreaths and pinecone turkeys,and sculpt a miniature sheep out of homemade clay dough. Play the exciting African game of mankalathat is, if you have time after making your own potato-print wrapping paper, papier-mâché bowl, and marzipan decorations. Civil War Days is filled with interesting historical information and facts about growing up in days gone by. Discover how differentand how similarlife was for American kids in history. Watch for Victorian Days, the next exciting book in the American Kids in History series! Also available: Pioneer Days, Colonial Days, and Wild West Days For Children Ages 8 to 1 2
About the Author
DAVID C. KING has written numerous books for children and young adults, including Pioneer Days (Wiley), Colonial Days (Wiley), Wild West Days (Wiley), First Facts about American Heroes, and The Heroic Age of American Invention. He has worked as a curriculum developer in both history and social studies, and as a high school English and history teacher.
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Most projects are handicrafts, cooking projects or children's games. There are patterns for several different kinds of dolls, pastimes children of the day might have engaged in (flower pressing, for example) and games like hopscotch and mankala.
There is a narrative story woven throughout touching on the lives of a Southern white family who lives in Charleston and is anti-slavery and a black family living in the North. These are perhaps perspectives which are otherwise under-represented in other books about the Civil War, so that is a plus, but I don't know that it was truly representative of Civil War DAYS. Keep in mind that these are just two of many perspectives of the times.
The directions for the projects are clear and the projects nicely support the narrative, but I was really looking for projects which enhanced our study of the WAR. Only two projects even touch on this: a flag of Fort Sumter and a recipe for hardtack.
This might help to build perspective on the times, but is not a useful resource for studying the war itself.