Extreme Battlefields for Kids

Today I have a book about extreme battlefields for kids.  But what makes them so extreme is how the environment played a decisive role in determining the victor.  Nature can often times be the most formidable foe as this book shows us.  For kids who are interested in battle history or simply history in general, this book extremely well done.

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Title: Extrem Battlefieldsextreme battlefields for kids

Author: Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Target: Grades 5-8

Series: No

What this book is about:

This book profiles ten military battles where the effects of nature altered the outcome of the engagement. In some cases, such as when the US Navy went to attack the Japanese in the Philippines, typhoons caused their destruction instead of the Japanese. In other cases, such as the battle between the Ecuadorian Patriots and the Spanish, the Patriots were able to use the ascent of the Pichincha Volcano to surprise the Spanish and claim victory despite the ravages the Patriot army experienced during the hazardous climb. Nature often proves to be the most challenging foe and can lead to terrible defeats or tactical advantages.

Why I love this book:

  • I have never been a huge reader of military books, but I do love history, and in the end this was very interesting history told in a story format. Each battle is well laid out with diagrams, illustrations and photos where available. This felt like ten incredibly engaging stories with a central theme focused around the fight to control the environment.
  • Even though I was not at all familiar with some of the battles, the stories are written in a way that is engaging and I never felt lost because of my lack of knowledge. The author drew me right in from the start.
  • Loved the use of photos and illustrations. They are wonderfully laid out throughout the book to enhance the story.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who love military books as well as children who appreciate history. If your kids liked Top Ten Battles That Changed the Word then this book is a great fit.

Final thoughts:

The author is Canadian and while you would never know it by reading the book, it was interesting to get a perspective on history that wasn’t completely American.

To purchase this book:

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