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World War II days : discover the past with exciting projects, games, activities, and recipes
King, David C.
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Publication Information:
New York : Wiley & Sons, 2000.
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100 pages ; 22 cm
Discusses American life during World War II, depicts a year in the lives of two fictional families, and presents projects and activities, such as deciphering codes, making a mobile out of found objects, and baking a sweet potato pie.
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Clearfield Library D743.9 .K4 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Concord Library D743.9 .K4 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library D743.9 .K4 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library D743.9 .K4 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A collection of projects and activities that allow today's children to experience the daily life of American children during World War II by walking them through a year in the life of two very different fictional families - a family of Italian descent in San Francisco and a family with Scandinavian ancestry in Minnesota.

Author Notes

David C. King is an award-winning author who has written over thirty books for children and young adults. 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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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-First-person narratives of two fictitious families, the Donatos of San Francisco and the Andersens, a Swedish-American farm family in Minnesota, offer personal views of American life in the 1940s. Crafts and activities enjoyed by the children are woven in throughout; they use easily obtainable materials, but may require adult supervision in some instances. By following the step-by-step instructions and good line drawings, readers can make a wide range of items, such as a victory garden, a flashlight, periscope, soft pretzels, crystal radio, pressed-flower bookmark, and wind vane. Sidebars give historical information relating to the war efforts of various groups, such as women, children, coastal inhabitants, and clothing designers. This is a valuable historical resource with unusual crafts that both entertain and educate. Combining it with Sylvia Whitman's V Is for Victory: The American Home Front during World War II (Lerner, 1992) will expand children's understanding of this pivotal era.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
World War II, 1941-1945p. 1
The Donatos and the Andersensp. 2
The Projects and Activitiesp. 3
Chapter 1 Springp. 5
Helping on the Home Frontp. 6
Victory Saladp. 7
Victory Gardenp. 9
Homemade Flashlightp. 12
Civilian Warriorsp. 14
3-D Cloud Chartp. 15
Found-Object Mobilep. 18
Wartime Eveningsp. 20
The Game of Ludop. 21
Colored-Cube Puzzlep. 23
Chapter 2 Summerp. 25
Cousin From Brooklynp. 26
The Game of Sea Battlep. 27
Paper Airplanep. 29
Jet-Powered Flight Testp. 31
Periscopep. 33
Americans on the Movep. 36
Coney Islandsp. 37
Philadelphia Soft Pretzelsp. 39
Radio Showtimep. 42
Crystal Radiop. 43
Sound Effectsp. 47
Chapter 3 Autumnp. 49
Spare-Time Projectsp. 50
Glycerine Leavesp. 51
Pressed-Flower Bookmarkp. 52
Applique Apronp. 55
Shortages and Rationingp. 57
Fonduep. 58
Cooking with Substitutesp. 60
Karl's Secretp. 62
Deciphering Secret Codesp. 63
Communicating in Secret Codep. 65
Chapter 4 Winterp. 67
"Make It Do, or Do Without"p. 68
Patched Jeansp. 69
Refinished Picture Framep. 72
Wartime Christmasp. 75
Sweet Potato Piep. 76
Holiday Bannerp. 78
Paper Snowflakesp. 80
Orange-Cranberry Saucep. 82
Hardship and Hopep. 84
Suet Cakesp. 85
Wind Vanep. 87
Glossaryp. 91
Bibliographyp. 97
Indexp. 99

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