Thursday, April 26, 2018

Calvin Graham’s World War II Story by Katie Marsico - ADVISABLE

Marsico, Katie Calvin Graham’s World War II Story, 32 pages.  NON-FICTION. Lerner, 2018. $20

This is the short biography of Calvin Graham, who is so intrigued by War War II that he joins up at the age of 12 by pretending he is 17. He ends up on the USS South Dakota which is heavily bombed by the Japanese. He proves his bravery and compassion and is awarded as hero (for a while –until his mom spoils things).

This is a short story and presented almost in an easy chapter book format, as if for 1st or 2nd graders, who do often ask for war and battle books –so this could be an option for them. The content is this book is a bit harsh (death and injury) as compared to the other one in the series that I reviewed. Contain lots of illustrations and actual photographs and a timeline at the end. Upper grade teachers presenting these wars to their class, could use this as a quick opening story to introduce a unit.

EL (K-3), EL – ADVISABLE Stephanie, Elementary School Librarian & Author

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