Editorial Review

A noteworthy review of Nonfiction Readers: Level 2 from Children's Literature on January 1, 2002

WonderBooks, published by The Child’s World, Inc., has a much-needed low level nonfiction series. The series in Level 2 includes such titles as Helen Keller, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Deserts, Forests, Oceans, Underground, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Biking, In-Line Skating, Rock Climbing, Skateboarding, Chickens, Cows, Horses, and Pigs. These titles are a great cross sectioning of interests for young readers. Charles Schulz is also in this series. He is a famous cartoon artist. We knew him as the man who drew the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip in the newspaper. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1922. He enjoyed school and loved to draw. Upon high school graduation he joined the army and married his wife, Jean. He soon began drawing cartoons of children and a Minnesota newspaper ran his first comic strip. The name of the strip was called ’Li’l Folks.’ Charles sold the comic strip to other newspapers. The name of the strip was changed to ‘Peanuts’ in 1950 and was printed in nine newspapers. The characters are well known throughout the world. The ‘Peanut Gang’ consists of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Sally and many others. We see them on television, in books, in plays and even the Thanksgiving Day parade. Charles Schulz died February 12, 2000. His ‘Peanut Gang’ is still well-loved today. Excellent full-page photographs depict various aspects of Schulz’s life. An index, web site and other suggested books are included.

—Donna Nelsen

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