In this visual age, young people gravitate toward images. Drawing from "Life" magazine and the greatest photo archives of our time, Our Century in Pictures for Young People chronicles the past one hundred years by way of an unparalleled collection of photographs. Young readers will be captivated by more than 350 spellbinding images within these pages that show the triumphs and disasters, the social progress and setbacks, the heroes and villains that have brought us to the dawn of a new century.
The book spans the twentieth century in nine epochs, individually introduced by essays from notable children's writers, including Katherine Paterson, Jane Yolen, Avi, Robert Cormier, Lois Lowry, Frederick and Patricia McKissack, Jerry Spinelli, Gary Paulsen, and Cynthia Rylant. Featured in each section is a description of an event or trend that began during that era, and each section closes by recalling some memorable individuals who died during that time. The worlds of politics, science and technology, and the arts, as well as the lives we led at home and at work -- all are explored and captured brilliantly within these pages.
The 20th century began with the invention of Kodak's Brownie camera and the first flight by the Wright brothers and ended with Nelson Mandela's return to political power and the deaths of John F. Kennedy Jr., Mother Teresa, and Princess Diana. And who better to pictorially recount the events of this epoch than Life magazine? Divided not by decade, but by nine historical clusters of years (1900-13, 1914-19, 1920-29, 1930-39, 1940-45, 1946-63, 1964-75, 1976-92, 1993-99), this photographic chronicle brings to life the amazing, horrifying, poignant, and thrilling moments that made up a century. Each chapter is introduced with an essay by a distinguished children's writer, including Jane Yolen, Avi, Gary Paulsen, Patrick and Fredrick McKissack, and Lois Lowry, and includes special sections called "Turning Points," which trace a trend or event from the beginning to the end of the century. Concluding each chapter are "Requiems," in which the lives of important people who died during those years are recalled. But it's the more than 380 remarkable photographs from Life magazine's archives that make this volume truly epic. Young readers who spent only a few years in the previous century will look with awe and wonder at the pictures taken during their parents' and grandparents' time, telling about Woodstock, the Holocaust, Babe Ruth, Bill Gates, the discovery of atomic power, and Sigmund Freud. From politics to art to technology to science to social change, this book touches on it all, and will be a tremendous resource for years to come. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter