ERIC Number: EJ849075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
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History Writing that's "Good to Think with": "The Great Fire," "Blizzard!" and "An American Plague"
Children's Literature in Education, v40 n3 p250-262 Sep 2009
In this article I argue that history books that are "good to think with" narrate history and, at the same time, provide insight into how it is constructed. These books are much more than collections of facts. Specifically, they provide information about historical context, multiple perspectives, sources of information, and original interpretation. This is crucial information for anyone attempting to understand history. As examples, I show how three books by Jim Murphy--"The Great Fire," "Blizzard!" and "An American Plague"--address each of these essential topics.
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