When I picked up Treaties, Trenches, Mud, And Blood–the 4th of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales–I couldn’t figure out how he was going to make a book about WWI anything but depressing. Trench warfare was ugly, the casualties were awful, and all in all, it was a fairly pointless war. I have to say, though–the man came through. He uses different animals to represent the nations/empires/etc. involved; bears for Russia, bulldogs for Britain, otters for the Ottoman Empire…
(Sounds of a 37-year-old mom giggling.)
It was a perfect strategy–it totally worked. This is a exceptional installment in Hale’s series–it’s fascinating, humorous, and packed to the gills with information. Please get these books for your kiddos, if you haven’t already…especially your reluctant readers.
They are SO worth it.