Exploring Governments and the U.S. Military | Government Series Nonfiction

The U.S. military branches and governments of the world’s countries are explored in these series. Military enthusiasts will appreciate the colorful volumes about the U.S. armed forces, and those with an interest in the political situations of other countries will find books of interest, too.

 

The U.S. military branches and governments of the world’s countries are explored in these series. Military enthusiasts will appreciate the colorful volumes about the U.S. armed forces. Report writers will benefit from some of the volumes in “Rosen Verified: U.S. Government” (Rosen). Those with an interest in the political situations of other countries will find most of the titles in “One World” (Rosen/PowerKids) useful.

 

Elementary

Vonder Brink, Tracy. The United States Air Force. ISBN 9781977131720.
––––. The United States Army. ISBN 9781977131737.
––––. The United States Coast Guard. ISBN 9781977131744.
––––. The United States Marine Corps. ISBN 9781977131751.
––––. The United States Navy. ISBN 9781977131768.
ea vol: 32p. (All About Branches of the U.S. Military). Capstone. Jan. 2021. Tr. $29.32.
K-Gr 3 –Young military enthusiasts will find these five colorful volumes both informative and attractive. In short, simple prose the author details the missions, jobs, weapons, and uniforms of the five branches of the U.S. armed forces. Readers learn about the M4 rifle that shoots up to 950 bullets per minute, the Air Force F-22 fighter plane, the M-ATV that can drive Marines through mud and water, icebreakers used by the Coast Guard to keep waterways navigable, and the F/A-18s that fly off of Navy carriers. All titles feature information on age, citizenship, and training requirements as well as the different types of jobs airmen, soldiers, sailors, and marines do. Bright photographs enhance the text with the diversity of each branch’s members, weapons, and work locations. VERDICT These perennial favorite subjects will be welcomed by youngsters with an interest in the military and should be considered by public and school libraries.

 

Upper Elementary to Middle School

Faust, Daniel R. Inside Congress. ISBN 9781499468618.
––––. Separation of Powers. ISBN 9781499468670.
Hand, Carol. The Electoral College. ISBN 9781499468588.
Klatte, Kathleen A. The Bill of Rights. ISBN 9781499468526.
Tolli, Jenna. Inside the Supreme Court. ISBN 9781499468649.
Uhl, Xina M. Electing a U.S. President. ISBN 9781499468557.
ea vol: 48p. (Rosen Verified: U.S. Government). Rosen. Jan. 2021. Tr. $31.80.
Gr 3-6 –These six comprehensive volumes provide overviews of the various facets of the U.S. government. For example, Inside Congress explains how Congress was established by the Constitution and includes the creation of the bicameral legislature, while The Bill of Rights explores the importance of protecting people’s rights while providing overviews of the amendments. Information is presented in an organized and straightforward manner. However, some information is already dated. A list of female Supreme Court justices in Inside the Supreme Court excludes Amy Coney Barrett; The Electoral College states, “For the 2020 election, the likely swing states are…” and provides current electoral numbers for some states. Photographs and illustrations complement the text. Otherwise, there are no errors, and some of the volumes will be of use to report writers. VERDICT These titles will supply necessary information for researchers and, except for Inside the Supreme Court and The Electoral College, should be considered as needed.

Harts, Shannon H. The History and Government of Latin America. ISBN 9781725321229.
Keppeler, Jill. The History and Government of East and Southeast Asia. ISBN 9781725321465.
Klein, J. M. The History and Government of Sub-Saharan Africa. ISBN 9781725321380.
––––. The History and Government of the United States and Canada. ISBN 9781725321182.
Morlock, Rachael. The History and Government of Australia and the Pacific Realm. ISBN 9781725321502.
––––. The History and Government of South Asia. ISBN 9781725321427.
Vink, Amanda. The History and Government of Europe. ISBN 9781725321267.
––––. The History and Government of Southwest Asia and North Africa. ISBN 9781725321342.
Wolf, Ryan. The History and Government of Russia and the Eurasian Republics. ISBN 9781725321304.
ea vol: 48p. (One World). Rosen/PowerKids. Jan. 2021. Tr. $30.25.
Gr 4-6 –These volumes provide overviews of the social and political aspects of various regions of the world. Each traces the history of the area from ancient civilizations to modern nations. Readers learn about colonialism in the Americas, Australia, and Africa; the importance of the Silk Road in opening up Southeast Asia; and the emergence of feudalism in Europe. Included are chapters on revolutions against colonial governments; civil wars in African nations; and the development of monarchies, democracies, and communism. Religious influences such as Islam in North Africa and the medieval Catholic Church in Europe are explored, as are geographical features such as the Himalayas. Well-captioned photographs and illustrations enhance the otherwise undistinguished narratives. The information is comprehensive for the recommended grade levels and the material is current. VERDICT Potential purchasers should be aware that The History and Government of Russia and the Eurasian Republics barely mentions any nation except Russia. Otherwise, these titles support a strong social studies curriculum and should be considered for purchase.


“All About Branches of the U.S. Military” (Capstone) will be enjoyed by interested young readers who will be attracted to the illustrations. Historical and current information will be found in most volumes of “One World” (Rosen/PowerKids). Some of the titles in Rosen’s “Rosen Verified: U.S. Government,” such as Inside Congress and Separation of Powers, will not be quickly dated and will be of use to researchers.

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