Thank you to @kidlitexchange for the review copies of these books. All opinions are my own.
Courageous Women of the Vietnam War by Kathryn J. Atwood; forward by Diane Carlson Evans
(Chicago Review Press ~ May 1, 2018)
Women Heroes of World War 1: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies and Medics by Kathryn J. Atwood
(Chicago Review Press ~ June 1, 2014)
Women Heroes of World War II – The Pacific Theater: 15 Stories of Resistance, Rescue, Sabotage, and Survival by Kathryn J. Atwood
(Chicago Review Press ~ March 1, 2011)
Photos and Review by Kadie M. ~ originally on Instagram @kadiehaywardmullins.
We need more stories like these, capturing the female heroes who have played important roles throughout history. Atwood’s series of wonderful works highlight the experiences and importance of women in some of the most horrific and trying times we’ve faced, not just as a nation, but globally. While the history buff may not find the stories unique or novel and may find the lack of comprehensive detail a bit frustrating, it is a superior example of how to get young readers passionate about history – and teach them some really great stories along the way! I particularly appreciate the diversity of the stories and the women themselves.
In addition to the individual stories of these intriguing women, accompanied by interesting photos, Atwood also provides a brief introduction to the historical background. These short sections ensure those just learning about the particular time period have the necessary basics to appreciate the nuances of the stories told. Often, Atwood uses direct quotes from the women in the book, from journal and diary entries to letters and interviews. These add a lovely personal element to the narrative as well. Overall, the formatting and writing style is quite strong if not a bit direct. There is no need for literary flourish; these stories stand on their own.
Overall, these are wonderful young adult and perhaps even middle grade introductions to vital historical periods worth studying. I would recommend for a history buff looking for a light read or any young(ish) reader looking to broaden their historical horizons!
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