SERIES MADE SIMPLE

Clara Barton

. 978-1-62065-076-9. ea vol: 24p. (Pebble Books: Great Women in History Series). chron. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Capstone. 2013. PLB $21.32; pap. $5.95.
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Gr 1–2—The books in this basic, yet useful series are small in stature and light on text. Each slim volume presents its subject's life from birth to death, discussing her contribution to history and highlighting why she was indeed "great." On each spread, the text faces a full-page, uncaptioned black-and-white or color photograph or reproduction. A time line runs across the bottom of the pages. The texts are straightforward and informative, but can be rather dry, and the series title is located on the back of the volumes instead of the front, which might be confusing for some kids. Vocabulary words are not set apart by bold text, but they are defined in a helpful glossary at the back of each book. Solid choices for beginning and/or struggling readers.

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