Reading Level: Grades 3-5
Interest Level: Grades 4-7
Page Count: 32
Trim Size: 7″ x 9″
Dewey Range: 940-990
Series Lexile®: 770-890
Series F&P: T-Z
Correlation with National Curriculum:
CCSS RI 4.1, 2, 3, 4, 7; RI 5.1, 2, 3, 4; RI 6.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7; RI 7.1, 3, 4
NCSS 2, 3, 9
Library Bound Books
Individual Titles: $28.50 (List)/ $19.95 (S/L)
Set of 8 (978-1-63517-026-9):
$228.00 (List)/ $159.60 (S/L)
Individual Titles: $9.95
Set of 8 (978-1-63517-082-5):
Multi-user license, per title: $24.95
Set of 8 (978-1-63517-216-4):
Major Battles in US History gives readers an up-close look at key battles throughout the history of the country. Each book offers engaging anecdotes from the battle before expanding to cover the battle’s historical context, decisive moments, and lasting impacts. Without overwhelming readers, these books offer insightful windows into the battles and wars that have shaped the United States and the world.
Select a title below to find educator resources, including lesson plans, crriculum correlations, resource links, and book-related downloadables.
School Library Connection, October 1, 2017
Excerpt: “This straightforward yet information-rich series will help students and teachers better understand how the US was shaped through these battles.”
School Library Journal/Series Made Simple, April 2017
DONOHUE, Moira Rose. The Invasion of Normandy: Epic Battle of World War II. ISBN 9781635170245; ISBN 9781635170801.
DUFFIELD, Katy. The Battle of Little Bighorn: Legendary Battle of the Great Sioux War. ISBN 9781635170207; ISBN 9781635170764.
––––. The Tet Offensive: Crucial Battles of the Vietnam War. ISBN 9781635170252; ISBN 9781635170818.
HINMAN, Bonnie. The Battle of San Juan Hill: Famous Battle of the Spanish-American War. ISBN 9781635170221; ISBN 9781635170788.
MACCARALD, Clara. The Battle of Gettysburg: Bloodiest Battle of the Civil War. ISBN 9781635170184; ISBN 9781635170740.
––––. The Battle of Inchon: Turning Point of the Korean War. ISBN 9781635170191; ISBN 9781635170757.
MARA, Wil. The Battle of Midway: Turning the Tide of World War II. ISBN 9781635170214; ISBN 9781635170771.
––––. The Battles of Lexington and Concord: Start of the American Revolution. ISBN 9781635170238; ISBN 9781635170795.
ea vol: 32p. (Major Battles in US History). chron. ebook available. further reading. glossary. index. maps. photos. websites. North Star. Jan. 2017. lib. ed. $28.50. pap. $9.95.
Gr 2-4–Designed with the beginning chapter book crowd in mind, this series tackles complex subject matter in a way that is compelling and accessible. Each title starts with a “Battle Preview,” which is an easy-to-follow time line. There is an amazing amount of information in each volume’s four chapters, but the authors make it manageable with succinct writing, and opposing viewpoints are provided. For instance, in Little Bighorn, Duffield addresses the reasons why both the U.S. government and the Lakota Indians believed in the validity of their claims on the land. While the focus is on the trappings of battles (weapons, strategy, etc.), there are descriptions about how the battles affected civilians. The maps show only that which is absolutely necessary to understand the location of the battle. The illustrations are effective complements to the text. VERDICT A high-interest topic is presented in an attractive, accessible package. Military-minded kids will love this series.
Booklist, March 2017
MAJOR BATTLES IN US HISTORY SERIES. FOCUS READERS. GR. 3–6.
The Battle of Gettysburg: Bloodiest Battle of the Civil War. By Clara MacCarald. 2017. 32p. illus. lib. ed., $28.50 (9781635170184). 973.7.
The Battle of Inchon: Turning Point of the Korean War. By Clara MacCarald. 2017. 32p. illus. lib. ed., $28.50 (9781635170191). 951.904.
The Battle of Little Bighorn: Legendary Battle of the Great Sioux War. By Katy Duffield. 2017. 32p. illus. lib. ed., $28.50 (9781635170207). 973.8.
The Battle of San Juan Hill: Famous Battle of the Spanish-American War. By Bonnie Hinman. 2017. 32p. illus. lib. ed., $28.50 (9781635170221). 973.8.
For better or worse, war has shaped America. These volumes in the Major Battles in US History series take readers step-by-step into well- and lesser-known conflicts. They begin with a visual overview, including a time line, map of troop movements, and chart of facts, such as leaders and the number of soldiers killed. The books then delve into the battle’s decisive moments, its conclusion, and its impact on history. Gettysburg is a day-by-day account of this hard and bloody battle, which pitted famous Confederate and Union generals against one another. Inchon explains how Korea was split into two countries and North Korea invaded South Korea, in addition to presenting General Douglas MacArthur’s calculated sea battle to recapture South Korea. Little Bighorn gives background information on clashes between settlers and Native Americans and illegal actions by the U.S. government before depicting U.S. soldiers’ hostile attack on Lakota Indians. San Juan Hill describes how the U.S. became involved in Cuba’s fight for independence from Spain as well as Theodore Roosevelt’s stint as a Rough Rider and contributions by all-black regiments known as “buffalo soldiers.” Enhanced with archival photos from the battle, each volume also includes reproductions, maps, and other visuals. This action-packed series is a great supplement to classrooms and for budding history buffs. —Angela Leeper