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American Kids in History?(TM) Share the Fun, Challenges, Dreams, and Adventures of Life in Victorian America What would it be like to grow up in New York City during the exciting Victorian era? Travel back to 1893 and find out. Join the Kadinskys, a family of Polish immigrants working hard to start a new life, and the Hobarts, a well-to-do American family living in a large house near Central Park. Steam into New York Harbor with eleven-year-old Mary Kadinsky and share her thrilling first sight of the Statue of Liberty. Start a new school year with twelve-year-old William Hobart and discover a game called basketball. Be a part of their daily lives during this time of remarkable growth and change with fun and easy projects, recipes, activities, and games. Make cinnamon bread sticks and play Polish checkers. Decorate Easter eggs and prepare for a Victorian Christmas. Create Polish paper cutouts and cook up your own rock candy. Share the Victorians' love of nature and collecting, and learn to make plaster of paris casts of natural objects like autumn leaves--or animal footprints. Experiment with snowflake impressions, learn to measure the distance of lightning, and unlock the secrets of electricity.. From Mary's inviting kitchen and William's basement workshop to the bustling beach resort at Coney Island and ice-skating in Central Park, Victorian Days will take you back to a fascinating period in American history. Watch for World War II Days, the next exciting book in the American Kids in History?(TM) series! Also available: Civil War Days, Pioneer Days, Colonial Days, and Wild West Days for Children Ages 8 to 12

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From School Library Journal Grade 4-6-Children can experience Victorian New York through more than 30 fun activities. The sections center on the lives of two fictional families: the Kadinskys, who have recently arrived from Poland, and the wealthy Hobarts. Snippets of historical information on home life, school, street vendors, settlement houses, inventions, the changing role of women, and the "Gay Nineties" are interspersed with detailed directions for the projects. The book is arranged by seasons, and follows the families through the year 1893. Crafts include paper flowers, shadow puppets, decorating Easter eggs, Polish checkers, embroidered bookmarks, a seashell display case, a decoupage box, a tin-can telephone, a Victorian folding fan, and Christmas ornaments. A bounty of fun recipes includes biscuits, cinnamon bread sticks, deviled eggs, corn oysters, New York cheesecake, rock-candy crystals, holiday fruit punch, and candy-cane sundaes. Wherever adult help is needed, it is suggested. The black-and-white drawings are adequate, but not particularly notable. This title fills a curriculum need and will appeal to fans of the "American Girl" series (Pleasant Co.). Jennifer J. Gallant, Cleveland Public Library, OH Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. From the Back Cover American Kids in History Share the Fun, Challenges, Dreams, and Adventures of Life in Victorian America What would it be like to grow up in New York City during the exciting Victorian era? Travel back to 1893 and find out. Join the Kadinskys, a family of Polish immigrants working hard to start a new life, and the Hobarts, a well-to-do American family living in a large house near Central Park. Steam into New York Harbor with eleven-year-old Mary Kadinsky and share her thrilling first sight of the Statue of Liberty. Start a new school year with twelve-year-old William Hobart and discover a game called basketball. Be a part of their daily lives during this time of remarkable growth and change with fun and easy projects, recipes, activities, and games. Make cinnamon bread sticks and play Polish checkers. Decorate Easter eggs and prepare for a Victorian Christmas. Create Polish paper cutouts and cook up your own rock candy. Share the Victorians’ love of nature and collecting, and learn to make plaster of paris casts of natural objects like autumn leaves—or animal footprints. Experiment with snowflake impressions, learn to measure the distance of lightning, and unlock the secrets of electricity.… From Mary’s inviting kitchen and William’s basement workshop to the bustling beach resort at Coney Island and ice-skating in Central Park, Victorian Days will take you back to a fascinating period in American history. Watch for World War II Days, the next exciting book in the American Kids in History series! Also available: Civil War Days, Pioneer Days, Colonial Days, and Wild West Days for Children Ages 8 to 12

About the Author

DAVID C. KING is an award-winning author who has written over thirty books for children and young adults, including four other books in this series: Civil War Days, Pioneer Days, Colonial Days, and Wild West Days, all from Wiley. He has worked as a curriculum developer in both history and social studies, and as a high school English and history teacher.

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