A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Each book in the series is a deep dive into a historical event, covering everything from recent decades (such as the Twin Towers that suffered a terrorist attack on 9/11) to the distant past (the age of dinosaurs). Books are packed with details in context, showing how the topic fits into the arc of history.
The series focuses on the ways an event contributed to society, telling the reader that every person can make a positive impact on the world.
Positive Role Models
This varied collection of natural disasters, sporting events, human exploration, and more shows readers that there are heroes within disasters, determined legal minds setting up a new country's constitution, and artists who follow their dreams.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the What Was? series is packed with historical details about some of the most talked-about moments in history. The books are fun to read, packed with information and obscure details, and show how the topics are relevant today. Each book takes the time to set the scene, telling readers what was happening in the world during U.S. baseball's Negro Leagues or in Pompeii when Vesuvius erupted. The series is upbeat and positive wherever possible and reminds readers that the past is really not that far behind us, and that it is still relevant today.
Is It Any Good?
The books in this series are fabulous, giving the historical details that are interesting to both young readers and adults. The writing in the What Was? series, as in the other series by the Who HQ authors, is fast-paced and packed with facts and background information, and makes the topics relevant today. With such a breadth of topics, even reluctant readers will find topics in the series to catch their interest. There's a ton of great vocabulary and trivia, and lots of extra (but related) information tucked into the pages.
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