Reviews for Battling in the Pacific : Soldiering in World War II

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring
Beller presents truncated accounts of U.S. involvement in the two world wars. Each book addresses the events leading to war, principal battles fought, and major players involved. Also noted are the horrors and hardships encountered by the Allies and aftermaths of the conflicts. Sidebars, archival photographs, maps, and some personal stories help enliven the dry writing. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., ind. [Review covers these Soldiers on the Battlefront titles: Battling in the Pacific and The Doughboys over There.] Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 January

Gr 5-8-- These credible titles are attractively designed with colorful covers. The format is inviting with a variety of fonts at the beginning of each chapter, quotations, and a multitude of illustrations (one or two on almost every spread). The text is clear and to the point, and chapters are divided into short topics. Pacific and Doughboys are full of vintage black-and-white photos while Roman Legions features photos of statues, coins, historical sites, and reproductions of artistic works. Related information is found in numerous boxes. Each title has one map, which is of mediocre quality. Doughboys has a glitch in that Harry S. Truman did not grow up on a farm in Kansas. Otherwise, all three texts appear to be accurate, although there are some typos. Pacific and Roman Legions are definitely first choices; purchase Doughboys with the knowledge of the error.--Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS

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