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Target Audience : Students ages 9  and up

Civil War for Kids - a book review
by Belinda Mooney
September 14, 2000

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 THE CIVIL WAR FOR KIDS. A history with 21 activities by Janis Herbert is a super book if you are studying the Civil War with your children. It is a history of the war with real photographs of the people, places and events that made up this war. It also includes a timeline, maps, glossary and resource list.

What we liked especially was the hands-on activities that the book includes. With this book your children can make a North Star Safe Quilt. They can send a message with the Create a Code activity. They can look authentic when they make a Soldiers Uniform and A Coffee Can Drum. Other activities in the book include: Drill exercises, Berry Ink, Play the bones, Acting Out Antietam, Signaling With Wigwag, In Deep Water, A Housewife Sewing Kit, Homemade Butternut Dye, A rebel yell contest, Playing General, Building a Lean-To, Homemade hardtack, A makeshift Stretch and Battlefield bandages.

The book says for ages 9 & up which is nice as it is hard to find books with hands-on activities for the older ones. But as you can see would also lend itself nicely to including the younger set! We think this book is well written and very nice.


Submitted by:  © Belinda Mooney Belinda Mooney is a homeschool mom of 7 children in their 14th year of homeschooling. She enjoys writing unit studies, reading, crafts, cooking and working on her websites. Belinda has written articles for The Toybox and Joyfull Noise magazines. She has been asked to contribute history content to Learning and Teaching Scotland for high schools in Scotland. Belinda is the content manager for,, and (coming soon). She is also the Thrifty tip guru at Jot a note to Belinda Mooney


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