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The Industrial Revolution for Kids: The People and Technology That Changed the World, with 21 Activities Paperback – 1 Aug 2014


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"The causes and effects of the Industrial Revolution are complex and many, and Mullenbach does a terrific job of streamlining the topic for children...The inclusion of excerpts from primary-source documents (such as letters and diaries written by kids) lends the book immediacy and personality." --"School Library Journal"

""The Industrial Revolution for Kids" is a versatile book that would be useful as a resource for a school report or research project, as a homeschool text for a unit on American History, or as a way for adults to quickly browse and brush up on history. See how history can be made relevant and interesting with this unique, hands-on learning approach." --Wrapped in Foil

"Mullenbach does a wonderful job of giving the big picture, while at the same time telling the stories of lesser-known individuals who younger readers will find especially relevant. She pulls no punches, revealing the hard times as well as the good things that came out of the era." --Nonfiction Monday

"This topical overview introduces aspects of the American Industrial Revolution through real-life experiences that will resonate with middle-school audiences...Teachers and student researchers will appreciate this engaging supplement to classroom texts." --Booklist Online

"The author does not skimp on the horrors and unpleasantness of cities during the onset of industrialization. Still, the emphasis -- in this day and age of technological wonders, fortunes and wizardry -- is mostly on what mechanical science brought to the world 150 years ago." --MetroKids

"Sure you have heard of the Rockefellers and the Carnegies (and their famous factories), but what about Hannah Montague or Jacob Riis? No? Well, now you can read all about the lesser known people who helped the Industrial Revolution in America. This is a very impressive and interesting read for kids and their grown-ups!" --Momma's Bacon

""The Industrial Revolution for Kids "is not only a great read, but it offers us a reality about the foundation of our nation's workforce history and reminds us what had to take place yesterday in order to enjoy the modern conveniences that make our everyday lives so much easier today." --Smart Books for Smart Kids

"This is a wonderful book that can be used to supplement a curriculum on the Industrial Revolution. It is jam-packed with basic historical information and photographs...With so much information this isn't a book to speed through all at once, but rather read, process, and explore one chapter at a time." --Flowering Minds

"This educational activity book was a great introduction to a period of great change that stays solidly kid-focused." --Children's Atheneum

"Activities such as 'Tell a Story with Photographs' may just inspire children to learn more about the work of Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine...Presents a huge amount of history in a format easy for browsing." --"Kirkus""This title offers an unwavering look at the Industrial Revolution that readers are not likely to find in history textbooks." --"Library Media Connection"
"To its credit, this book for young readers doesn't gloss over the harsh, human-interest side of factory work and urban life even as it outlines the labor-saving business inventions that proved a huge catalyst to economic growth and consumption during a fascinating period in our history." --"American History "magazine

About the Author

Cheryl Mullenbach is a former history teacher, librarian, public television project manager, and social studies consultant. She is the author ofDouble Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II and has contributed to Arizona Living Magazine, the Des Moines Register,Iowa Council for the Social Studies Journal, Iowa Heritage Illustrated, andAn Encyclopedia of American Women at War. She lives in Panora, Iowa.


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