Turn of the Century
Author: Ellen Jackson
Illustrator: Jan Davey Ellis
Grade Level Equivalent:
General Fiction, Historical Fiction, Reference, Short Stories
Social Studies, American History, World History, Middle Ages, Renaissance, European History, Communities and Ways of Life
This vibrantly illustrated book introduces readers to the different lifestyles of children living in various parts of the world throughout the ten previous centuries.
Starting in the year 1000, the book examines the lives of children in England and the United States all the way to the year 2000. John, a ten-year-old boy living in England, opens the book by explaining to readers how his rural family live on land owned by a rich lord and harvest crops to make ends meet. An 11-year-old girl named Eleanor contributes her story about her life in a nunnery in England in the year 1100.
The book gives readers a close look at the personal lives of children, whose stories punctuate a thousand-year span of time. Each story is told in a two-page spread decorated with colorful pictures and designed with artistic touches relevant to the century being represented.
Supported by important cultural facts, calendars, and a helpful bibliography, this is an engaging and instructive historical guide that can be used as a classroom-based research and reference tool.