“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
War in Afghanistan and Iraq. Written by Janet Souter and Gerry Souter. Carlton Books c. 2011, 48pp.
Synopsis: This book details both the war in Afghanistan as well as the war in Iraq by giving geographic information of the two countries, explaining why the wars began, describing what soldiers do on a daily basis, and giving an honest account of what life is like now for native people in both countries. The book begins with the war in Afghanistan and concludes with the war in Iraq, however the same type of information is provided in each of the two sections.
Reading Level: N/A
Rationale for Use in the Classroom: This book presents both wars in a neutral, informative manner. It gives accurate information on a level appropriate for children. Because the same type of information is given for both wars it would be a good tool to use for comparing and contrasting. It also fits well with topics of patriotism and history.
CCSS Connection: This book would be ideal for CCSS RI3.3: Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.