Amazing World War II Stories
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Introduce your student to some of the most clever and tenacious unsung heroes of World War II with this collection of four true stories. Encounter a squadron of female pilots doing nighttime bombings in dilapidated airplanes and a lone soldier reputed to be unbreakable. With tales such as these, Amazing World War II Stories offers the type of history that sticks. Other stories include the Navajo Code Talkers with their code that helped defeat the enemy, and the Ghost Army, a U.S. tactical deception unit that misled the Germans. Each action-packed story is presented in an engaging, graphic novel format. However, due to the candid nature of these stories, parents of younger children may wish to pre-read to determine suitability.
Experienced parents know that the amount of reading their child does will have a direct and positive impact on his reading fluency and vocabulary development. That is why graphic novels - which we used to refer to as comic books - though once relegated to the category of lowbrow reading, are now experiencing a surge in popularity.
You may think that the comic book medium is primarily for mainstream American children who are peppered by snack-size visual and audio bombardment. If you desire that your children slow down and feast on the written word, then you may cringe at the idea of a graphic novel version of Moby Dick. But before you issue a home-wide ban on these books, consider the following.
If you have a reluctant or beginning reader, your first concern should be for fluidity and competency. You will find that the graphic novel's illustrations draw your child in even as the vocabulary becomes more complex. Then, because the graphics are so attention-grabbing, children often find themselves reading for pleasure.
If your reluctant reader is an older child, your main concern may be making sure that he is culturally savvy. With graphic novels, vocabulary is introduced via contextual clues, making great literature accessible to more children. The interesting pictures and snappy dialogue, with little-to-no narration to bog the reader down, will encourage independent reading and learning. As the child's competence and confidence grow, so will his joy of literacy.
Even if your older child is a competent reader, he will enjoy taking a break from the verbally intense books characteristic of higher-level learning to enjoy a more visual form of storytelling. A 2006 study found that the amount of reading children did for fun decreased from the time they were eight through the teen years. Graphic books can re-engage them in the delights of reading for leisure as well as for learning.
There are children who may never read for pleasure; God just might have wired them differently. But most children, from the reluctant, faltering reader to the brilliant but easily bored adolescent, will find graphic novels intriguing.
Pages: 32 pages per book
Interest Level: Grades 3-9
Reading Level: Grades 3-4
Navajo Code Talkers: Top Secret Messengers of World War II
Author: Blake Hoena
Illustrator: Marcel P Massegu
Night Witches at War: The Soviet Women Pilots of World War II
Author: Bruce Berglund
Illustrator: Trevor Goring
U.S. Ghost Army: The Master Illusionists of World War II
Author: Nel Yomtov
Illustrator: Alessandro Valdrighi
The Unbreakable Zamperini: A World War II Survivor's Brave Story
Author: Nel Tomtov
Illustrator: Rafal Szlapa
review by Blushing Bibliophile
”We were happy to find stories we had never heard of before. A lot of time with history books it feels like you are reading the same thing over and over again, but not with this book!”Read the Review
review by Living Life: Hour by Hour
”This book was amazing from the very first page we read up until the last. It was full of information that we learned in a fun and colorful way.”Read the Review
My son is learning American history and this is such a great account of the war. Best of all, it’s presented in graphic novel fi- my son’s favorite!
My 10 year old loves these stories.
Wow, very hopeful to my child! Love it!
The world wars were a dark time in history, and being Dutch myself, it's been a topic I've been dreading to approach with my kids. These graphic novels helped my dillema a lot! It gives factual information but in a way that's not watered down, yet not too cartoonish. Just right... My boys especially were surprised to learn about the "Night witches", the 46th night bomber Regiment, all made up of Soviet women. They'd turn their engines off while approaching the enemy at night. There's something even I did not know about!