Make Your Own Victory Banner

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Kiki Magazine
“. . . Brings history to life, giving you a glimpse of what it was like to live during WWII through projects and stories about real people.”

Children's Literature Review
“In straightforward, highly readable prose, it provides a thorough overview of the events . . .”

School Library Media Activities Monthly
“an excellent resource . . .”

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
“You get a feel for what it would have been like during the war . . . this is a great source.”

“Includes great hands-on activities . . . is full of information about World War II from the front lines to the home front.”

Paula Spencer, Woman's Day Magazine's "Momfidence!" columnist and Parenting Magazine contributing editor
“Makes history come alive right at your kitchen table or at your child's desk! A Particular treat for young history buffs, homeschoolers, or teachers looking for a WWII resource full of innovative, hands-on ideas.”

Richard Koone, National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg, Texas
“A wonderful book that young people can learn from and have fun at the same time. The hands-on projects will stimulate their imaginations and add to their understanding of the sacrifices and inventiveness of that generation. It will make a valuable addition to any educator's toolkit.”

Jay P. Tennies, Director, Eldred World War II Museum and Learning Center
“An interactive approach to history that children (and adults) will enjoy. The service, sacrifice, and struggles of World War II are explained and explored with each creative project. This book provides a wonderful way to ‘do' history together.”


Detailed Book Description

From spy maps and victory banners to spotter planes and ration cakes, Great World War II Projects You Can Build Yourself brings one of the most defining periods of American and world history to life through hands-on building projects and activities. Detailed step-by-step instructions for creating each project combine with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies, and trivia about the real-life models. Together they give kids a first-hand look at daily life at home and on the front lines during America's war years.

Available In:
Paperback, $15.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | black and white interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: U.S. History | World History



Part 1: On the Home front
Living in Fear
Supporting the Troops
Food Rationing
WWII Fashions
War-Time Fun
Prisons of Discrimination

Part 2: On the Front lines
Spying for Secrets
Prisons of Hate
Code Breakers & Talkers
Lifting Morale
Proving Their Value
Women in the Danger Zone
Ingenious War Technology