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The Panama Canal
Winkelman, Barbara Gaines, 1961-
Publication Information:
New York : Children's Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
30 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Relates the history of how the Panama Canal was built and studies the economic and political consequences of its construction.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 7.7 3 Quiz: 23206 Guided reading level: W.
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Clearfield Library F1569.C2 W56 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
East Aurora Library F1569.C2 W56 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Kenilworth Library F1569.C2 W56 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library F1569.C2 W56 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Williamsville Library F1569.C2 W56 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Dramatic and defining moments in American history come vividly the life in the Cornerstones of Freedom series.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. These two titles in the Cornerstones of Freedom series focus on crucial events in American history. The design is attractive, with clear type, photographs or prints on every page (some in color), a time line, and a glossary. The narratives set the events in context and combine the facts with commentary that is fair and open. The account of Reconstruction gives details of the fight in Congress for constitutional change and also describes the personal suffering of the freed blacks whose dreams of farming their own land were shattered. Connect this with Robinet's novel Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule (1998), which humanizes this history. The account of the Panama Canal discusses the political struggle for control by the U.S., the facts of construction, and also the blatant discrimination against Panamanians in pay, working conditions, and access. This title will be of special interest because the U.S. is giving up the canal; finally, at the end of 1999, Panama will no longer be divided or controlled by another country. Two more titles in the series are listed in the Series Roundup in this issue. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Dealing primarily with the construction process of Mount Rushmore, Santella offers a solid presentation that is both informative and interesting. He writes clearly and keeps his focus squarely on the monument itself. The challenges presented by a project of this magnitude, along with difficulties posed by weather and lack of funding, provide a realistic picture of what Gutzon Borglum and his workers faced. While archival black-and-white and sepia-toned photos are often small and of poor quality, they provide a real sense of the scope and enormity of this grand project. This is a cleaner, more focused treatment than Lynn Curlee's Rushmore (Scholastic, 1999). While there is some inconsistency in word definitions provided, Winkelman's presentation of the Panama Canal, from the rationale for its construction through its impact and likely future, is straightforward and well organized. The final pages depict Panamanian struggles to regain control over the canal zone and to reverse the historical discrimination and division that has resulted from its control by non-Panamanians. Relevant photographs, two excellent if simple maps, and a time line add to readers' understanding as well as to the attractiveness of this package. A balanced and worthy purchase where needed.-Rosie Peasley, Empire Union School District, Modesto, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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