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Title:
D-Day : they fought to free Europe from Hitler's tyranny
Author:
Tanaka, Shelley.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books For Children, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations (mostly color) ; 28 cm.
Summary:
Describes the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, from the point of view of four soldiers who were there.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.6 2.0 77700.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780786818815
Format :
Book

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Summary

It was the greatest invasion the world had ever seen. Officially known as "Operation Overlord," this World War II assault began on the morning of June 6, 1944. Thousands of American, British, and Canadian soldiers aboard hundreds of landing craft attacked beaches along nearly fifty miles of France's coastline in Normandy. Backing them up were the big guns of some of the mightiest ships in the Allied navies, and countless bomber, fighter, and transport aircraft. By the end of that day, an Allied army had made it ashore despite sometimes fierce opposition, signaling the end of Nazi tyranny over Europe. Using the real-life stories of young men caught up in this great event, along with original paintings, photographs, and memorabilia, D-Day, the book, will present a compelling account of this world-changing day. Shelly Tanaka is the author of many acclaimed books of nonfiction for children, including the first two books in The Day That Changed America Series: Gettysburg and The Alamo. She is also the author of Attack on Pearl Harbor and many of the books in the "I Was There" series.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. Tanaka spins paraphrased reminiscences of four American military survivors (plus one's fiancee, back in the U.S.), into an episodic account of what she bills as the biggest invasion in the history of warfare. Although she does provide occasional glimpses of the broader strategic picture, her focus is more on close-ups of the battle from the points of view of a paratrooper, a P-47 pilot, a landing craft crew member, and a combat medic. Craig supplies full-page, occasionally gory, paintings of GIs in battle, to which have been added a heavy admixture of period photos, capped by a view of ranked grave markers at the American Normandy Cemetery near Omaha Beach. Tanaka's argument that D-Day changed America isn't very persuasive, but she leaves readers with a clear understanding of the scope of the event--and its cost. Book and Web-site lists conclude. --John Peters Copyright 2004 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Attractively designed with vintage photos and colorful, action paintings, this book tells the stories of four American servicemen and their experiences on D-Day. A brief general history of the invasion is woven around them. Unfortunately, the text is plagued by sentence fragments, descriptions that do not match the photos, and references to the U.S. Air Force that are inaccurate for the period. In addition, some statements are so simplistic that they are next to meaningless, while others are so wordy that their meanings are unclear ("skies too windy"). Ronald J. Drez's Remember D-Day (National Geographic, 2004) is a far better choice.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.