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100 Events That Made History

100 Events That Made History

Spring 2016 Non-Fiction
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Publisher: DK Publishing
ISBN: 9781465444264
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Sit yourself down and try to come up with the 100 most pivotal, important and influential events that made all of history what it is-from beginning to now. Quite a challenge. Some things, such as the "hotly contested" earliest human control of fire and the world's first sewer system (thank you, Romans) seem to be no brainers in the larger scheme. Same for the Dawn of Democracy and Atomic Bombs Dropped.

But so much of history is what we make it. DK Publishing has been categorizing, simplifying and prioritizing all realms of knowledge, including history, for decades and has now published this engaging digest of what you might call "History's Top 100 Hits."

It's all done in eye-catching and colorful collage-like layouts that pull readers in.The big-headed illustrated personalities add a humorous touch to the otherwise not-so-funny past. DK editors have done a stand-up job-even if head-scratching and doubts are appropriate. Building the Great Wall of China? The Soviets sending a dog into space?

The book is fun, odd, and totally fascinating. It covers revolutions, inventions, discoveries, breakthroughs, and a lot of strange events. Along with each major event, it includes secondary incidents and people who are part of the historical context. If you want to introduce kids to the shock and awe of history, this is good beginning.

Don Oldenburg   ©2016 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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