This award-winning nonfiction hardcover book will complement your history/social studies unit, but it will also provide a primary-source informational text that can be used in many ways at any time.
Authored by a father-daughter team--a WW II veteran and a former elementary school librarian--its bite-size story boxes, historical photographs and memorabilia with captions, vocabulary boxes, and quick facts will be a tool to help your students develop close reading skills, ask and answer essential questions, and enhance critical thinking. It can also provide springboard questions for character development lessons.
John T. Carter was a young paratrooper who dropped into southern France on a glider plane during Operation Dragoon in August, 1944. Dragoon's mission complemented D-Day, the invasion of northern France, that had happened two months earlier. His true, heartwarming, first-person stories show the duties, the humor, the realities, and day-to-day Army life through a young soldier's eyes.
Stories include Why I Joined the Paratroops, Setting Up Communications, Dragoon Begins (And Ends For Some), Up the Mountain, The Wire Pliers, Missing in Action For a Little While, How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey, The Battle of the Bulge and SHAEF, V-E Day!, Waiting To Go To Japan, and more.
It's a Benjamin Franklin Award Gold Medal winner!
And visit my store (Nell Branum) on the right, to find other World War II-related items --the nonfiction illustrated book, R is for Rosie the Riveter (hardcover), and its accompanying free word search download!