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This was a pretty good little overview for the younger set. Loved the illustrations. It did, at times, seem a bit biased in favor of pitying the poor and vilifying the wealthy (though under the conditions of the era, I can understand that inclination). I would have preferred the author vary her terminology for the upper class rather than refer to them as "rich people" throughout. However, if the goal is to show kids today how good they have it in comparison to late 19th century era NYC, this sho...
This is a great book for children to read to learn about how the people of our country lived in the past. Things were so much different than they were now, so it is definitely an eye opener for children. It is a little bit lengthy, but each section is very interesting to read. Each section has a question like; Who watched the kids? or Where did people shop? This is a good book for any age to learn about how our country has changed over the years.
I think this is a great book for children to read. Sometimes I don’t think children understand how much things have changed in a hundred years. New technologies have made the living situation much better. I like how they explained that sports were just being invented a hundred years ago and the rich and the poor traveled in very different ways.
This was a fun read, a nice long picture book about life in 1900's New York. What I learned corresponds very nicely with the setting of the old public domain books I'm hooked on.And don't get me started on the illustrations! I'm a sucker for illustrations.
A very cool book that teaches a ton of fun facts about the past in a Q & A-style format that makes learning history fun, fun, fun! I started reading this book to my son, and after a while realized that I was engrossed in it and he wasn't even paying attention.
I loved this book! I could spend hours reading this book and digging deeper. It is so cute and I know students would love learning about the life styles of people from 100 years ago and that is what the book focuses on.
100 years ago was my grandparents' generation, and some of the things in this book were a part of my own childhood. It's good to know life from not-so-long ago was passed down to me in family traditions and games, recipes, and life-style.
I found this book extremely interesting. People of all ages can learn something from this book. It would be an excellent book to use when teaching about all of the immigrants that traveled to America.
Reading this book was fun, where the book showed what you would have been doing if you were high class or lower class. It also showed that the lower class had less but were humble.
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I plan to read many more of these "if you" books with the kids. Great illustrations, and the information is presented in a fun way.
one of my daughters loves this series of books. We read for school; tie in with history
I loved this book. The illustrations will help younger children enjoy the book and really fun and interesting facts are shared. This would be a great book to help children fall in love with history.
Not so good. Because it gave me nightmares.
I don't think this is the book that Donna is reading on West Wing for an entire show. Cute, but it's for kids.
v. nice book, lots of pictures and illos. new york at the turn of the century. compares living conditions, food, wages, sports, books etc.
I let my 7-year-olds rate this book. I’m not sure I Qwould have been quite so generous, but they did quite enjoy it. I didn’t love the illustration style. Other books in the series have illustrations we like better. It is very informative, and covers a lot of aspects of life in the 1890s. I did have to edit “100 years ago” throughout the book to “120” or “130 years ago,” since the book has been around since the 1990s. These aren’t really living history books as I would prefer them, but they are
This is a decent book, but I wish the illustration is better than the current style.