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1920s: Decade in Photos
Corrigan, Jim

This library -bound book has many details that our core choice (War, Peace, and All that Jazz, by Joy Hakim) doesn't have.  Succinct text about "the 1920s, including the fads, triumphs, tragedies, and fashions of that decade" that is interesting and has full-color pictures.  Between the core and this in-depth option, the bulk of your student's lessons will be covered for many weeks.  64 pages  LB

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Age of Extremes: 1880-1917 A History of US, An
Hakim, Joy

For the captains of industry--men like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, and Henry Ford--the Gilded Age is a time of big money. Technology boomed with the invention of trains, telephones, electric lights, harvesters, vacuum cleaners, and more. But for millions of immigrant workers, it is a time of big struggles, with adults and children alike working 12 to 14 hours a day under extreme, dangerous conditions. The disparity between the rich and the poor was dismaying, which prompted some people to action. In An Age of Extremes, you'll meet Mother Jones, Ida Tarbell, Big Bill Haywood, Sam Gompers, and other movers and shakers, and get swept up in the enthusiasm of Teddy Roosevelt. You'll also watch the United States take its greatest role on the world stage since the Revolution, as it enters the bloody battlefields of Europe in World War I. Use for six weeks in Year 3 Unit 4, and three weeks in Year 4 Unit 1. 224 pages PB

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Albert Einstein: A Photographic Story of a Life
Wishinsky, Frieda

DK's "A Photographic Story of a Life" biographies are full of vibrant pictures and engaging text.   Although you can use any bio, this particular one is quite enjoyable.  Read for one week for in-depth History in Year 4 Unit 1.  128 pages  PB

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America in the 1900s and 1910s
Callan, Jim

This series focuses on a slice of the 1900's and has black and white illustrations and interesting text that isn't heavy reading.  This particular title covers topics such as the Panama Canal, the civil rights struggle, entertainment, worker's strikes, Henry Ford, and America's involvement in World War I.  Questions in the Student Activity Pages are directly tied to this book, which is mostly used for "core" History readings.  Use for 5 weeks in Year 4 Unit 1.  128 pages  LB

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America in the 1900s and 1910s
Callan, Jim
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This series focuses on a slice of the 1900's and has black and white illustrations and interesting text that isn't heavy reading.  This particular title covers topics such as the Panama Canal, the civil rights struggle, entertainment, worker's strikes, Henry Ford, and America's involvement in World War I.  Questions in the Student Activity Pages are directly tied to this book, which is mostly used for "core" History readings.  Use for 5 weeks in Year 4 Unit 1.  128 pages  LB

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America in the 1930's
Callan, Jim

It's not been an easy task finding adequate books for the rhetoric level that don't require dozens of warnings and adult maturity to analyze.  However, this series provides excellent coverage without lots of extraneous unnecessary information for our learning purposes.  This particular title includes information about the Great Depression, the New Deals, the beginning of the war, and more.  Read for five weeks in Year 4 Unit 2.  128 pages  HB

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America in the Time of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Isaacs, Sally Senzell

Solid coverage for the time frame from 1929 to 1948, your youngest students will enjoy this picture book as core history reading.  Combine with in-depth options for full learning.  You'll just use this the last week of Year 4 Unit 1, but in quite a few weeks in Year 4 Unit 2, and in Primer.  48 pages  PB

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Becoming Babe Ruth
Tavares, Matt

This book offers a rare view into Babe Ruth's formative years and conveys an important message about honoring the place from which you come. Replacement title for Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse by David A. Kelly. Used for 1 week in Year 4 Unit 1. 40 pages HB.

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Billy Sunday: Homerun to Heaven
Allen, Robert

Enjoy this "biography of a professional baseball player who dedicated his life to spreading the gospel and became one of the most influential religious figures of the early twentieth century."  Read for three weeks in Year 4 Unit 1.  152 pages  PB

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Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt!
Fritz, Jean

This book by popular author, Jean Fritz, "follows the life of the dynamic twenty-sixth president, discussing his conservation work, hunting expeditions, family life, and political career."  Although you could use any biography about Roosevelt, this one is keyed to the questions in the Student Activity Pages.  Read for two weeks in Year 3 Unit 4, and two weeks in Year 4 Unit 1  (plus summer reading).  127 pages  PB

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Children of the Great Depression
Freedman, Russell

"Russell Freedman illuminates the lives of the American children affected by the economic and social changes of the Great Depression."  The photographs in this book are stunning and you and your students will likely enjoying sitting on your sofa reading this together for two weeks as a read-aloud.  128 pages  HB/DJ

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Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra
Pinkney, Andrea Davis

During the week that we'll study jazz music, students will learn about the legendary Duke Ellington.  "This  brief recounting of the career of this musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category."  Any biography about Ellington will suffice, but this one is particularly enjoyable.  Read for one week for in-depth history reading.  32 pages  PB

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First Flight: Story of the Wright Brothers
Jenner, Caryn

This DK Level 4 reader has bright illustrations and moving text.  Interesting facts about the Wright brothers that you may never before have heard are presented.  You can use any biography about the Wright brothers for one week in Year 4 Unit 1 and in Primer.  48 pages  PB

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Great Depression, The
Burgan, Michael
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Providing a nice balance of text and pictures, this little book gives just the right amount of information about the Great Depression to your youngest students.  Nearly any level-appropriate book about this episode in history will work, so if you are on a budget, you can use what you have available in your library.  48 pages  PB

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Great Depression, The
Landau, Elaine

From the Cornerstone of Freedom series, this easy to read book provides excellent coverage of the Depression and is used for two weeks in Year 4 Unit 2.  48 pages  PB

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Harlem Stomp
Hill, Laban Carrick

Don't ignore this fascinating aspect of American cultural history...the Harlem Renaissance.  Read about the African-American migration to the North and the subsequent development of intellectual, artistic, literary, and political pursuits.  This book is lavishly illustrated, so you'll want to do this read-aloud side-by-side with your kids on your most comfortable sofa because you won't want to miss anything!  Do pay attention to the warnings in each Glance, as there are some small sections that you may not want to read aloud.  Use for four weeks in Year 4 Unit 1.  151 pages  PB

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If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake
Levine, Ellen

You'll enjoy this title from the popular "If you Lived at the Time of..." series.  Read about the the catastrophic earthquake that hit San Franciso in 1906, and how people reacted.  If you can find a library book about this topic, it would work equally well.  Read for one week in Year 4 Unit 1.  64 pages  PB

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Imperialism: A History in Documents
Smith, Bonnie G.

Textbooks interpret history, but this book, which has been compiled and edited by a prominent historian, is a collection of primary resources. Students will examine the era of colonial imperialism and the expansion of approaches to politics, medicine, and social customs. You'll use this book beginning in Year 3 Unit 3 and concluding with Year 4 Unit 2. 175 pages HB

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Kids at Work
Freedman, Russell

This gripping book is a "photobiography of early twentieth-century photographer and schoolteacher Lewis Hine, using his own work as illustrations. Hines's photographs of children at work were so devastating that they convinced the American people that Congress must pass child labor laws."  Students and parents alike will appreciate the quality of illustrations and the interesting information presented in this read-aloud that will be used for two weeks at the beginning of Year 4 Unit 1.  104 pages  PB

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Legend of the Teddy Bear
Murphy, Frank

You may not be familiar with the interesting legend of the introduction of the teddy bear into our society.  Kids and adults alike will enjoy this delightful story about Teddy Roosevelt and his refusal to shoot a bear.  Read for one week in Year 4 Unit 1.  The Literature worksheet is tied directly to this title.  UN  HB/DJ

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Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, The
Swift, Hildegarde H.

"A little lighthouse on the Hudson River regains its pride when it finds out that it is still useful and has an important job to do."  Use for one week in Year 4 Unit 2.  64 pages  PB

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Louis Armstrong: King of Jazz
McKissack, Patricia and Fredrick
A simple biography with real photos for early readers about Louis Armstrong's life, how he practiced hard and became one of the greatest jazz musicians ever. Replacement title for Louis Armstrong and the Jazz Age by Dan Elish. Used for 3 weeks in multiple units of Year 4. PB 24 pagesNEW$7.95$7.80 
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Marven of the Great North Woods
Lasky, Kathryn

"When the great influenza epidemic strikes Duluth, Minnesota, in 1918, Marven’s parents know they must send their son far away to keep him safe from the disease. So the ten-year-old boards a train headed for a logging camp, not knowing if he will ever see his family again. In the great north woods, Marven finds a new world of towering trees, endless expanses of snow, and lumberjacks as big as grizzly bears. He feels very alone among the enormous woodsmen--until he meets Jean-Louis, the burliest jack of all, and they become fast friends."  Your students will red this for one week in Year 4 Unit 1.  48 pages  PB

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Old-Time Children's Fashions
Sun, Ming Ju

Enjoy looking at pictures (and coloring them!) of children's fashions from over 100 years ago!  A coloring book is a nice diversion once in a while, and this one is sure to delight both girls and boys!  Use for one week in Year 4 Unit 1.  32 pages  PB

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Only Yesterday
Allen, Frederick L.

This comprehensive paperback tells about life in the 1920's.  Everything from prohibition, to Black Tuesday, to the changes in morals are covered.  From post-World War I to the Wall Street crash in 1929, your students will have thorough coverage of the weekly topics in Tapestry of Grace.  Be sure and watch the Glance for appropriate content warnings.  Use for over 5 weeks in Year 4 Units 1 and 2.  338 pages  PB

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Panama Canal: The Story of How a Jungle Was Conquered...
Mann, Elizabeth

Illustrations on every double-page spread provide interesting detail for this engineering feat.  Read about the heroism and lives of workers in segregated conditions.  These people completed a task that was thought to be impossible, and inspired those who read their story.  You can use any book about the Panamal Canal for In-Depth reading for one week in Year 4 Unit 1, but we think you'll prefer this one because of the interesting text and vivid pictures.  48 pages.  PB

 

 

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Scopes Trial, The
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Titanic
Adams, Simon

Many students find the account of the tragic voyage of the Titanic interesting to read about.  While you could use any book about this tragedy, this DK one is full of interesting pictures, including some of the remnants that have been found on the ocean floor.  Use for one week for in-depth reading in Year 4 Unit 1.  72 pages  HB

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War, Peace, and all that Jazz
Hakim, Joy

"From woman's suffrage to Babe Ruth's home runs, from Louis Armstrong's jazz to Franklin Delano Roosevelt's four presidential terms, from the finale of one world war to the dramatic close of the second, War, Peace, and All That Jazz presents the story of some of the most exciting years in U.S."  Not all of Hakim's books get excellent reviews, but this one does, and it also provides excellent coverage for our learning threads.  Read for over five weeks in Units 1 and 2 of Year 4.  219 pages  PB

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Who Was Walt Disney?
Stewart, Whitney

We previewed several books about Walt Disney before concluding that this one is our top choice!  Read to your Lower Grammar students for History for two weeks in Year 4 Unit 2:  once at the beginning of the unit, and once toward the end.  112 pages  PB

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Women's Right to Vote
Landau, Elaine

In looking for books about women's suffrage, we found that it's not easy to find ones that aren't heavy with a liberal feminist agenda.  This one seems to fit the bill and provide solid accurate coverage as well.  Read for in-depth history for one week in Year 4 Unit 1.  48 pages  PB

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World Wars
Dowswell, Paul & Ruth Brocklehurst & Henry Brook
This bind-up replaces two separate titles: The Usborne Introduction to the First World War, and The Usborne Introduction to the Second World War. Just like you always expect from Usborne, this book is filled with interesting text, bright illustrations, helpful charts, and detailed maps. In fact, if you are getting this book to use with Tapestry of Grace, you'll find that most of the geography assignments can be fulfilled using this book. Use for 10 weeks in Units 1 and 2 of Year 4. 256 pages HBNEW$25.99$21.45 
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