Review World War I for Kids

This style of book is what makes history interesting for kids.
There are activities throughout the book bringing this era in history to life.

  • Make a periscope
  • Teach a dog to carry messages
  • Make a parachute
  • Learn a popular World War I song
  • Cook Maconochie Stew

Why and how did the war come about? What was daily life like for soldiers in the trenches? What roles did zeppelins, barbed wire, and the passenger ship Lusitania play in the war?


This is a great resource to have for your history library. It’s engaging and not too text-bookish. As an unschooling family it was right up our alley, even as high schoolers. I wish I had all the books in this series.

Rasmussen offers a good overview of the war, a vivid picture of daily life in the trenches, and many examples of how technology changed warfare between 1914 and 1918. Even students who are unenthusiastic about warfare will find themselves intrigued by chapters such as “Animals Go to War,” which spotlights the roles of horses, dogs, and carrier pigeons.


The Details

Age Range: 9 and up
Grade Level: 4 and up
Series: For Kids series
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Chicago Review Press (April 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613745567
ISBN-13: 978-1613745564

I received this book free for my unbiased review.
I recommend it for upper elementary with guidance, or middle school. It would be great as a Unit Study guide because of the activities, of which there are 21!
There are more books in this series, including the Civil War & WWII.


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