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  • #49362
    DM
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    My kids are interested in reading up on the Cold War. Can anyone recommend a decent, balanced book on the subject that would be good for youngsters?

    #49372
    Rod Robertson
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    David:

    http://www.the-best-childrens-books.org/Cold-War-history.html

    “The Wall” by Peter Sis and “The Loud Silence of Francine Green” by Karen Cushman are good ones if you don’t mind historical novels aimed at kids. Animal Farm is a good primer for family discussions of ideology, freedom and totalitarianism. There are some really good web pages on they Cold War aimed at kids. Without knowing the ages and/or reading levels of your kids, it’s hard to make recommendations.

    Cheers and good luck.

    Rod Robertson.

    #49375
    kyoteblue
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    Rod, it’s like you are a teacher or something !!!

    #49377
    Rod Robertson
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    Kyoteblue:

    Guilty as charged. And I love it!

    Cheers.

    Rod Robertson.

    #49418
    PatG
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    Animal Farm should be balanced out by something on McCarthyism. Fail Safe and Dr Strangelove should be introduced at the appropriate ages.

    Edit: Next time read the list provided by the educational expert first. Great Resource!

    • This reply was modified 5 years ago by PatG.
    #49437
    McKinstry
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    Would “On The Beach” be too depressing? I spent my elementary youth doing the periodic “duck and cover” drills under our desks from kindergarden onwards and from about that age we knew (living right behind a Nike installation) that we were toast when the inevitable war with the Godless commies broke out.

    The tree of Life is self pruning.

    #49438
    kyoteblue
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    My family live in Midwest City next to Tinker AFB in Oklahoma in 1961 the B-52’s rattled the school as they took off , seemed like for hours to us little kids. We did duck and cover every morning.

    #49482
    Russell Phillips
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    I really wish someone would do something like the Usborne Battlegame books, but for the Cold War. I had the WWII one when I was a kid, and it was a great introduction to the period.

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