I never got to study the Second World War at school, if I’d stayed in Surrey for my O’levels I’d have studied it then, and when I arrived in Oxfordshire, it was in the syllabus for the year before you took your options. So that all meant that I had a fairly patchy knowledge of the events really. I’ve learned a lot more as an adult and with family serving in different capacities during both World Wars, my son is already quite well genned up. But I’m always looking for new resources to broaden his knowledge. 7th March will see the publication of IWM The Story of the Second World War for Children and we’ve been enjoying a sneak preview of this paperback book.
The 64 page book is packed pull of photographs and artwork and provides a great tool to assist with school projects on this subject. It’s aimed at children aged 8 years and over.
The Story of the Second World War for Children really does give children a clear idea of the impact of war on those who had to live through it, whether at home or on the front lines.
Giving a clear time line, readers learn about advances in warfare and technology, as well as learning about the different leaders involved in the conflict. Maps throughout the book show where battles were fought. My son has a collection of World War Two model aircraft so he’s enjoyed learning more about the German Stuka and Messerschmitt planes as well as our Hurricane and Spitfire.
We have some really large age gaps in our family, and one of my son’s uncles is old enough to have been evacuated from London during the blitz. My son has learned a lot about the life of evacuee children and the damage bombs inflicted across the country. My own grandfather was a ARP during the war so it was great for my son to learn more about his role on the Home Front.
As well as covering the Battle of Britain, the fall of France and the operations between Germany and Russia, we’ve learned more about the Battle of the Atlantic too. My son’s a particular fan of the cutaway diagrams of the various machines used during the war, including this U-boat.
My great-uncle died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in the Philippines. It’s important to me that my son knows about the sacrifice that so many made for our freedom and about the realities of war. He’s watched a programme about Anne Frank recently and the book talks about her and the Holocaust.
As well as talking about the resistance fighters and secret agents The Story of the Second World War for Children also looks at the different new technologies used during the war. These also include medical advances which are still saving lives today.
The book really does give children a good all round knowledge of the events of this war on a global scale and we’ve both been really impressed with the content.
The bit size chunks of information will hold children’s’ attention and it’s a really good educational aid in my opinion.
The Story of the Second World War for Children will be available to purchase from Carlton Books from 7th March and is available to pre-order now. You might also be interested to know that Carlton Books also sell the IWM The Story of the First World War for Children too.
disclosure: we were sent the item mentioned in exchange for an honest review.
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