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German Immigrants in America: An Interactive History Adventure

Book review by Dr. Nancy Herzog, Boulder, Colorado

Raum, Elizabeth. German Immigrants in America: An Interactive History Adventure. Mankato, Minnesota: Capstone Press, 2008.


This slim volume provides young readers an opportunity to enjoy captivating stories while gaining an awareness of the diversity of backgrounds that German immigrants came from, some of the daunting challenges that awaited them in the United States, and many of the contributions they made to their new country.

This slim volume provides young readers an opportunity to enjoy captivating stories while gaining an awareness of the diversity of backgrounds that German immigrants came from, some of the daunting challenges that awaited them in the United States, and many of the contributions they made to their new country.The language of the text is clear and appropriate for grade school readers.  Young readers can choose the path they wish to take, making this an interactive story.

To provide authentic reviews from young readers three young readers at the end of their fifth, fourth, and third grades were asked to read this book and give their reactions to it.  Their comments were generally positive.

The fifth grader wrote that the book was “pretty interesting….it makes it like you are in the book, because you have your choice of what you want to do, kind of like if you were a German immigrant ”She listed some of the “many things” that she learned, and then went on to say that, compared with other books she was reading, this book was “less difficult, it is probably more suited for a third grader, then again I am a higher level reader than most fifth graders.”

The fourth grader wrote: “I found the book very interesting, and think it will help other children to understand German immigrates better, like it did with me. I love the way that your choices of different paths can change your outcome.”

The third grader said he liked the book, but found the choosing of paths confusing.  He said he didn’t choose paths--just read the whole book—by himself.

This reviewer recommends this book for pleasure reading or to be used as a supplementary text in social studies or reading classes.  Middle to upper elementary grade students will likely be able to read it independently.

 

 

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