History Is Rich
by Shaun S. Nichols
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Pub Date 26 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 15 Jul 2022
Journey through the rich history of money, capitalism, and the American economy in History Is Rich, a children’s book by Honest History. From the history of early capitalism through modern technology, explore and learn about the ways money is made and used in America. What do railroads and Amazon have in common? What was life like before capitalism? Discover the beginnings of Big Business, stocks, corporations and other American financial institutions. Each page is beautifully-illustrated and each complex topic is broken down so kids can easily understand and use the information to create a better future for themselves and the world.
History for kids has never contained more adventure than in the new series by Honest History, History Is ________. Each book in the series presents a topic in a fun, engaging way that inspires kids to make a positive impact on history themselves.
About the Author:
Shaun S. Nichols is an Assistant Professor of History at Boise State University, where his research and teaching center on the history of capitalism, labor, and immigration in the United States and the world. Dr. Nichols served as a College Fellow in History at Harvard University, a Visiting Fellow at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, and an Associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
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Average rating from 7 members
This is an accessible and attractive book for children on the history of money and the economy.
I found the font and spacing made for an easy read and many key words were defined, helping less confident readers to access it.
I appreciated that both sides of the story were equally weighted and really liked the section on the causes of the great depression, where the author demonstrated that there are multiple views in history and it is up to the individual to weigh the evidence and see what they believe - I can see this being useful to my students.
History is Rich very much focuses on American history and so for me would have fewer curriculum links for my history lessons. Nevertheless, there were some and I would recommend this to my younger students wanting to learn about this topic.
As an adult, and a history teacher, it felt like it lacked depth but I am not the intended audience so didn't mark it down on that.
The use of colour and illustration throughout the book will no doubt engage the reader.
I enjoyed this book and think it will help kids get interested in a subject they may previously thought too complicated or "boring". Purchasing for my library!
History is Rich is a great resource in helping children understand capitalism and the economy. It focuses on American history and the role money played at each stage. I would say this would be best for a middle school child. Great bright illustrations and easy to read text.
This is a wonderful book for young people to dive into to understand why history is important, not only for the past, but for present day as well. This is going to be a very popular book and will end up being on so many shelves.
History is Rich is a wonderfully illustrated book that is easy to read and I think would be accessible to young readers. It provides simple explanations and examples that are easy to understand.
I liked how the author explained how history is important for us in the present and for future decision making, as well as that there are different views in history that can lead to varying solutions for the same problem (that might occur again in the future). I also liked that the author mentioned both the negatives and positives of the developments that occurred throughout history.
This book provides a high level overview of how the American economic system ended up where it is. It is concise and to the point and written in language that would be easy to understand for a middle schooler. I appreciate that it acknowledges that First Nation systems were different, and the author provided multiple reasons for why the great depression happened. The book is simple but doesn't oversimplify. The font is large and there are diagrams and interesting facts interspersed throughout. Overall I think a great read that might help a kid discover something new they might be interested in finding out about a little more.
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