Sunday, October 16, 2011

Nonfiction Monday: Voices of World War II: Stories From the Front Lines

Voices of World War II : Stories From the Front Lines
written by Lois Miner Huey
2011 (Capstone Press)
Source: Orange County Public Library

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Voices of World War II features five people who fought in battle:

William Ash: A British prisoner of war
Ruth Straub: An American nurse
David Webster: An American paratrooper
Hanna Reitsch: A Nazi pilot
Hayashi Ichizo: A Japanese kamikaze pilot

The experience of each soldier is presented in a four page spread with photographs and a highlighted vocabulary word. A mix of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources are used to tell their stories. Each narrative is brief which will be a benefit to struggling readers. They can use this book to build background knowledge on World War II without being overwhelmed with text. The stories give you insight into the difficult choices that are a part of waging war and the sacrifices made to defend countries. Especially poignant was Ichizo's statement that "To be honest, I cannot say that the wish to die for the emperor is genuine." The book ends with a chapter titled The Cost of War. Information on the destruction during the war, including the Holocaust, is briefly reported. An interesting question that might be posed to students who read this book would be "Can a soldier be considered brave if they fought on the wrong side of the war?"

3 comments:

  1. Oh, I know someone who is really going to be interested in this one. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Thank you for stopping by, Roberta!

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  3. Jeff,

    Just FYI, your link on BookTalk to Perfect Snow isn't working... or at least it didn't for me.

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