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Friday, September 9, 2011
September 11, 2001: We Will Never Forget
by Peter Benoit
Cornerstones of Freedom- Third Series
Children's Press an imprint of Scholastic, 2012
The reviewer obtained a copy of this book from the publisher.
As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Children's Press has released a revised edition of September 11, 2001: We Will Never Forget. Peter Benoit describes the tragic events that unfolded on September 11, 2001 and how America was changed forever. Chapters include "Attacked," "A Nation Responds," "The Face of Terror," and "Swift Action."
Various text features such as headings, captions, fact boxes, and bold print will help readers navigate this expository text. The book contains enough details for students who are researching the topic for a class assignment.
Photographs of the World Trade Center in flames, the aftermath at the Pentagon, and first responders covered in ash will capture the attention of young readers. Fact boxes are used throughout the book to highlight information about Osama Bin Laden, the response from abroad, and pros and cons of the Patriot Act.
Readers will find the hybrid map/timeline on page 52 helpful in visualizing how the events unfolded between 7:59 am and 10:28 am. Benoit includes a list of four web sites that contain primary sources (videos, newspaper articles, photos and eyewitness accounts) in the back of the book. A list of sources and a glossary are also available in the back.
September 11, 2001: We Will Never Forget would make a solid addition to an upper elementary or middle school library nonfiction collection.
September 11: Then and Now by Peter Benoit is available for readers in grades 3-6.
Joyce Valenza shares 9/11 teaching resources on The Neverending Search blog:
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