American moments : scenes from American history / Robert Burleigh ; illustrated by Bruce Strachan.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: A look at a cross-section of people and events in American history from 1621 to 2001 representing the many facets of American life.
    • ISBN:
      0805070826 (alk. paper)
    • Accession Number:
      2003007067
    • Accession Number:
      fay.162243
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BURLEIGH, R.; STRACHAN, B. American moments : scenes from American history. [s. l.]: Henry Holt and Co., 2004. ISBN 0805070826. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.162243. Acesso em: 7 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Burleigh R, Strachan B. American Moments : Scenes from American History. Henry Holt and Co.; 2004. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.162243. Accessed December 7, 2019.
    • APA:
      Burleigh, R., & Strachan, B. (2004). American moments : scenes from American history. Henry Holt and Co. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.162243
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Burleigh, Robert, and Bruce Strachan. 2004. American Moments : Scenes from American History. Henry Holt and Co. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.162243.
    • Harvard:
      Burleigh, R. and Strachan, B. (2004) American moments : scenes from American history. Henry Holt and Co. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.162243 (Accessed: 7 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Burleigh, R & Strachan, B 2004, American moments : scenes from American history, Henry Holt and Co., viewed 7 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Burleigh, Robert, and Bruce Strachan. American Moments : Scenes from American History. Henry Holt and Co., 2004. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.162243.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Burleigh, Robert, and Bruce Strachan. American Moments : Scenes from American History. Henry Holt and Co., 2004. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.162243.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Burleigh R, Strachan B. American moments : scenes from American history [Internet]. Henry Holt and Co.; 2004 [cited 2019 Dec 7]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.162243

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2004 July #1

Gr. 3-6. This unusual book pairs brief texts with intriguing mixed-media scenes to introduce children to 18 key events in American history. As Burleigh wisely acknowledges in a foreword, "any observer could easily select other events equally important to America of yesterday and today," but it's still hard not to wonder why Lincoln's assassination receives an entry but JFK's and Martin Luther King Jr.'s don't, and why Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong's first joint recording makes the cut. This scattershot approach, along with the absence of further readings and endnotes too brief to add much context limit this book's usefulness for children who encounter it on their own. Teachers, though, will find Burleigh's vibrant, present-tense narratives well suited for reading aloud, perhaps as introductions to specific social studies topics, and Strachan's arresting tableaux, sculpted in clay and arranged against painted backdrops, will certainly entice children. Keep meatier resources on hand to answer the questions this thin-on-detail volume doesn't address. ((Reviewed July 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall

Double-page spreads introduce key historical scenes. The brief, impressionistic text describes events such as Lincoln's assassination and the presentation of the Declaration of Independence in sometimes overwrought prose. The accompanying tableaux—clay sculptures posed in front of painted wood backdrops—vary in quality. Endnotes provide supplemental historical information. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2004 June #4

Startling 3-D tableaux steal the show in this historical parade, which reenacts 18 moments in this country's past, from the first Thanksgiving in 1621 to a candlelight vigil at Ground Zero in October 2001. Written in present tense, Burleigh's (Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh) page-long entries re-create each incident succinctly and dramatically, incorporating imagined dialogue and thoughts. Guiding runaway slaves along the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman addresses an understandably frightened man who wishes to turn back: "You've got just two choices now: to come with us-or die." Then she reassures her group and motivates them: "So, all together, everyone. Let's up and get gone." Burleigh includes events that changed the course of history as well as celebrations of American creativity and culture (Houdini escapes from a straitjacket while hanging upside-down high above a street; Georgia O'Keeffe sets up her easel in the New Mexico desert). Endnotes expand on these narratives, which, however gripping, are to some extent overshadowed by Strachan's dioramas. These feature vibrantly painted figures sculpted from clay alongside props and scenery, with painted wooden backdrops to enhance the setting. The proportions in the illustrations vary. Sometimes the figures have the outsize heads favored by political cartoonists, which can be off-putting (the image of Orville Wright flying his plane looks almost like Jay Jay the Jet Plane). The most stirring images are the most realistically rendered; the view of the bus where Rosa Parks claims her seat, surrounded by baffled passengers, inspires a rush of feelings. Ages 6-10. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.