Friday, June 22, 2012

History Comes Alive--Great Historical Fiction

Historical fiction is a literary genre that takes real, historical events and presents them through a story.  Characters are sometimes actual historical people and sometimes they are "made-up" people who experience or are present during particular moments in history.  I love to read historical fiction for children because you can be exposed rather quickly to important events in our history.  Here are a few recent books that have helped me learn new things in a very enjoyable way.
Sylvia & Aki by Winifred Conkling--You will learn about school segrgation in 1940s California as it impacts a Mexican-American family AND you will learn about the internment of Japanese-Americans through the eyes of two real young girls.
The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman--You will learn about slavery in the years before the American Civil War from a character who time-travels from the 1960s. 
Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend by Calvin Alexander Ramsey--You will learn about a small town in the American south, whose mules played an important part in the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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