Allman, Toney. The Enlightenment (Understanding World History series). San Diego: Reference Point Press, 2015. 978-1-60152-740-0 81p. $17.99. Gr. 7 and up.
Understanding World History: The Enlightenment gives a concise overview of the 18th century in Europe and the Americas. Beginning with the conditions that led to the Enlightenment and concluding with how modern society is impacted by this time period, this book provides a wealth of information in short easy to understand chapters. Each chapter has paintings, engravings and poetry from the time period in an effort to break up pages with too much text for young readers. Every book in the Understanding World History series has sources notes, important people from the time period, and information for further research as well as an index and information on the author.
Jenson-Elliott, Cindy. Ancient Chinese Dynasty (Understanding World History series). San Diego: Reference Point Press, 2015. 978-1-60152-738-7 80p. $17.99. Gr. 7 and up.
Complete with a timeline of important events from the Ancient Chinese Dynasties, this book has it all! Starting in the 1500s, Ancient Chinese Dynasty in the Understanding World History series covers what young readers need to know about this time period in world history. The first chapter covers what conditions led to the dynasties and moves chronologically through time ending with the legacy that Ancient Chinese Dynasties have on modern society and the future. As with all of the books in the Understanding World History series this one has sources notes, important people from the time period, and information for further research as well as an index and information on the author.
Marcovitz, Hal. The Making of the Atomic Bomb (Understanding World History series). San Diego: Reference Point Press, 2015. 978-1-60152-686-1 90p. $17.99. Gr. 7 and up.
The Making of the Atomic Bomb has five short chapters, one introduction, and a wealth of information! This, as with the rest of the titles in the series, is a great launching point for middle school researchers wanting quick and concise background information. The pictures, diagrams, timeline, and text boxes give readers a reprieve from text heavy pages.
This is a great series for novice researchers or middle school students looking for general information on a topic. The easy to understand facts make great quotes for essays and presentations. I would recommend this to series to a world history teacher or a language arts teacher looking for non-fiction materials.
900s; History Laura Ward, Fox Chapel Area High School
Other titles in the series
The Arab Spring Uprisings
The Black Death
The Decade of the 2000s
The Digital Age
The Great Recession
The History of Rock and Roll
The History of Slavery
The Industrial Revolution
The Late Middle Ages
The Rise of Islam
The Rise of the Nazis