Reading Your Way Through History

May 18, 2006

World War I (1914-1918)

Filed under: T 20th Century — Alicia @ 6:00 am

The Good Master (prequel) and The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy
Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery (from the Anne of Green Gables series)
Rascal by Sterling North

Out of Print Favorites: 

Flying Aces of World War I by Gene Gurney (published by Scholastic)


Sergeant York (1941 – Gary Cooper)

On the Web:

World War I – Trenches on the Web


Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal (1917)

Filed under: T 20th Century — Alicia @ 4:00 am

Grade School:

The Children of Fatima by Mary Fabyan Windeatt


Our Lady of Fatima by William Thomas Walsh


The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952)

May 17, 2006

20th Century AD – 1920-1939

Filed under: T 20th Century — Alicia @ 10:11 pm

Picture Books: 

Jose Finds the King: A Blessed Miguel Pro Story by Ann Ball (1923)
Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man by David Adler, illustrated by Terry Widener (1903-1941, plays with the New York Yankees 1925-1939)

Favorite Read-Alouds:

Blue Willow by Doris Gates

Grades 5-8:

The Drovers Road Collection: Adventures in New Zealand by Joyce West

High School:

Blessed Miguel Pro by Ann Ball (1923)
My Heart Lies South: The Story of My Mexican Marriage by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino (young people’s edition published by Bethlehem Books)


Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Mary Casatt, United States, 1844-1926
WebMuseum Entry


Pride of the Yankees (1942 – Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright)

Famous Speeches:

“Farewell to Baseball Address” by Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939, Yankee Stadium, New York
“What Does American Democracy Mean to Me?”, Mary McLeod Bethune, November 23, 1939, New York City


Filed under: BC — Alicia @ 9:11 pm


Lord of History




World War II (1939-1945)

Filed under: T 20th Century — Alicia @ 9:00 am

Picture Books:
The Little Ships by Louise Borden, illustrated by Michael Forman (rescue at Dunkirk, May 1940)
Across the Blue Pacific by Louise Borden, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker (set soon after U.S. entered World War II)
The Cats in Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Wendy Watson (Poland, 1943)
The Journey that saved Curious George: the true wartime escape of Margret and H A Rey by Louise Borden, illustrated by Allan Drummond
The Greatest Skating Race by Louise Borden, illustrated by Niki Daly (Netherlands)
A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Anita Lobel (post-war Europe)

Favorite Read-Alouds:
 The Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery
Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop (1944)
The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum

Grades 1-4:
The Small War of Sergeant Donkey by Maureen Daly
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop (1944)
The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum

Grades 5-8:
World War II for Kids: A History with 21 Activities by Richard Panchyk
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp
Enemy Brothers: A Story of World War II by Constance Savery
The House of Sixty Fathers by Meendert de Jong
Escape from Warsaw by Ian Serralier
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
A Place to Hide: True Stories of Holocaust Rescues by Jayne Pettit

Grades 9-12:
The Borrowed House by Hilda Van Stockum
The Diary of Ann Frank
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Bom

Night by Elie Wiesel
The Red Horse by Eugenio Corti
The Shadow of His Wings by Fr. Gereon Goldmann

Out of Print Favorites:
Up Periscope by Robb White

The Assisi Underground (1985 – Ben Cross, James Mason, Maximilian Schell)
The Great Escape (1963  Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Coburn) Note: There's also an episode of Nova in which they excavate the site of this true story.
The Sands of Iwo Jima (1949 – John Wayne)
The Scarlet and the Black (1983 – Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer, John Gielgud)

Famous Speeches:

“We Shall Fight on the Beaches”, Winston Churchill, June 4, 1940, House of Commons, London, England
“Against Nazi Euthanasia”, Cardinal Clemens von Galen, August 3, 1941, Münster Cathedral, Münster, Germany
“Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation”, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, December 8, 1941, Washington D.C.

On the Web:

Sergeant Darrell S. Cole, USMC (1920-1945)

May 16, 2006

20th Century AD 1940-1959

Filed under: T 20th Century — Alicia @ 6:19 am

 St. Katharine Drexel: Friend of the Oppressed  by Ellen Tarry (1858-1955)
Alice Finds a New Life: A Dorothy Day Story by Leslie Galliker (1897-1980)
“The Man Who Broke the Color Barrier” by Hal Butler, MC pgs. 348-352, (Jackie Robinson, 1919-1972, signed by Brooklyn Dodgers 1945)
Also see: World War II (1939-1945)

On the Web:

Hungarian Freedom Fighters Uprising (October-November 1956)

Out of Print Favorites:

To Far Places: The Story of Francis X. Ford by Eva K. Betz (Maryknoll Missionary to China, murdered by Communists – Credo Books) 1950s

May 15, 2006

21st Century 2000-present

Filed under: AD — Alicia @ 5:11 am

Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 – Opening of the Holy Doors
The Cross at Ground Zero by Fr. Benedict Groeschel
“Papal Election Address”, Pope Benedict XVI, April 19, 2005, St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City


United 93 (2006 – parents strongly cautioned)

May 14, 2006

20th Century AD – 1960-1979

Filed under: T 20th Century — Alicia @ 6:22 am

"Apostle of Life: Blessed Gianna Molla", RC3 pgs. 32-5 (1961)
Video: Nova: To the Moon (years leading up to the Moon landing in 1969 – produced in 1999)
"The Two Miracles of Stich, Germany", EM 181-184 (1970)
Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson
North to Freedom by Anne Holm (also known as I Am David, made into a movie in 2003 with James Caviezel)
"We Want God" by Peggy Noonan (article about the Pope's visit to Poland in 1979)

On the Web:

“Guildford Four” wrongly convicted of pub bombings in United Kingdom (1975, finally freed in 1989)

Famous Speeches:

“I Have a Dream” Martin Luther King, Jr. August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

May 13, 2006

Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)

Filed under: T 20th Century — Alicia @ 8:28 pm

Picture Books:

For the Children: Words of Love and Inspiration from His Holiness Pope John Paul II (Scholastic Press)
Pope John Paul II Comic Book by Toni Pagot, illustrated by Sergio Toppi (Pauline Books & Media)

Grade School:

The Young Life of Pope John Paul II by Claire Jordan Mohan (b. 1920)


Chapters on Pope John Paul II and the modern papacy, PF pgs. 111-118
Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel


Pope John Paul II (1984 – Albert Finney)
Witness to Hope: The Life of Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II (2002 – documentary)

Writings on the Web:

Official Vatican Site

May 12, 2006

6th Century BC

Filed under: 6th Century BC, BC — Alicia @ 7:21 pm

Picture Books:

What's Your Angle Pythagoras?: A Math Adventure by Julie Ellis (born around 569 BC)

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