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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Chelsea Curtis Fraser: Boys' Book of Battles

1. Religious/ Secular Content: NO
2. Adult Content: NO
3. Mature Topics: YES
4. Strong/ Inappropriate Language: References to race
5. Magic/ Witchcraft/ Fictional Characters: NO
6. Disrespect/ Rebellion: NO
7. Drug/ Alcohol Use: NO
8. Violence/ Abuse: YES
9. Educational Value: YES
10. Positive/ Negative Messages: Positive

Boys' Book of Battles is the story of eleven famous land combats (perhaps some not so well known by today's generation of children...). It includes battles of Bunker Hill, Saratoga, Yorktown, Austerlitz, Waterloo, Gettysburg, Sedan, Ypres, Verdun, Second Marne, and Argonne Meuse. There are inclusions of first person accounts at some of the later battles and this book is graphic in its descriptions.
I marked that there are "Strong/Inappropriate Language" because this book was written in the early 1900's, when some words for certain races were acceptable that today are taboo. Also, for "Disrespect/Rebellion" I marked no, but there are two instances that come to mind of an officer disobeying orders, and the brief account of Benedict Arnold.
Although this book is graphic in its violence, I believe it does have a positive message. Historically this book is very accurate and helpful with learning geography and history during those times. Personally, I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.
Another note, I've tagged it as Elementary but I would really recommend this book for at least 12 years and up.

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