- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 3 - 4
- Series: American Kids in History Series (Book 6)
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 10, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471331228
- ISBN-13: 978-0471331223
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #975,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Victorian Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes 1st Edition
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-Children can experience Victorian New York through more than 30 fun activities. The sections center on the lives of two fictional families: the Kadinskys, who have recently arrived from Poland, and the wealthy Hobarts. Snippets of historical information on home life, school, street vendors, settlement houses, inventions, the changing role of women, and the "Gay Nineties" are interspersed with detailed directions for the projects. The book is arranged by seasons, and follows the families through the year 1893. Crafts include paper flowers, shadow puppets, decorating Easter eggs, Polish checkers, embroidered bookmarks, a seashell display case, a decoupage box, a tin-can telephone, a Victorian folding fan, and Christmas ornaments. A bounty of fun recipes includes biscuits, cinnamon bread sticks, deviled eggs, corn oysters, New York cheesecake, rock-candy crystals, holiday fruit punch, and candy-cane sundaes. Wherever adult help is needed, it is suggested. The black-and-white drawings are adequate, but not particularly notable. This title fills a curriculum need and will appeal to fans of the "American Girl" series (Pleasant Co.).
Jennifer J. Gallant, Cleveland Public Library, OH
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Back Cover
American Kids in History Share the Fun, Challenges, Dreams, and Adventures of Life in Victorian America What would it be like to grow up in New York City during the exciting Victorian era? Travel back to 1893 and find out. Join the Kadinskys, a family of Polish immigrants working hard to start a new life, and the Hobarts, a well-to-do American family living in a large house near Central Park. Steam into New York Harbor with eleven-year-old Mary Kadinsky and share her thrilling first sight of the Statue of Liberty. Start a new school year with twelve-year-old William Hobart and discover a game called basketball. Be a part of their daily lives during this time of remarkable growth and change with fun and easy projects, recipes, activities, and games. Make cinnamon bread sticks and play Polish checkers. Decorate Easter eggs and prepare for a Victorian Christmas. Create Polish paper cutouts and cook up your own rock candy. Share the Victorians love of nature and collecting, and learn to make plaster of paris casts of natural objects like autumn leavesor animal footprints. Experiment with snowflake impressions, learn to measure the distance of lightning, and unlock the secrets of electricity. From Marys inviting kitchen and Williams basement workshop to the bustling beach resort at Coney Island and ice-skating in Central Park, Victorian Days will take you back to a fascinating period in American history. Watch for World War II Days, the next exciting book in the American Kids in History series! Also available: Civil War Days, Pioneer Days, Colonial Days, and Wild West Days for Children Ages 8 to 12
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This is an opportunity to see the era through the eyes of the Hobarts, a very wealthy family and the Kadinskys, a recently arrived family of immigrants from Poland. The families are fictional, but the history is quite real and well researched. You can experience their era in great detail as the seasons pass and their work and play change accordingly.
You can make the same arts and crafts that the Hobarts and Kadinskys make, including a Victorian folding fan, a decoupage box and some Christmas ornaments. You can also taste the same food that they ate, including bread sticks flavored with cinnamon, rock-candy, and "New York cheesecake!"
This is a learning experience that will change your child's appreciation of history and be cherished forever. Could you ask for anything better?