From the Set Basic Biographies
A very simple introduction to the life and accomplishments of famed cartoonist Charles Schulz.
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|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 2|
|Reading Level||Grade 1|
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|Publisher||The Child's World, Inc.|
|Number of Pages||24|
|Dimensions||9.5 x 8|
|Graphics||Full-color photographs, Historical photographs|
A noteworthy review of Basic Biographies from Children's Bookwatch on August 1, 2010
A premier publisher of books-in-series of young readers, one of The Child’s World newest offerings is ‘Basic Biographies’. This eight title series is specifically designed and written for children preschool through second grade. Featuring a first grade reading level in terms of vocabulary, each 24-page volume comes with a reinforced binding and features both full-color and historical photographs. Available individually ($22.79 List / $15.95 Library), the series features the biographies of Albert Einstein (9781602533387), Barack Obama (9781602533394), Charles Schulz (9781602533400), Helen Keller (9781602533417), Jackie Robinson (9781602533424), Michelle Obama (9781602533431), Rosa Parks (9781602533448), and Thomas Edison (9781602533455). A superbly produced series, this biography series is particularly recommended for school and community library collections and should be obtained as a complete set (9781602533851, $182.32 List / $127.60 Library).
A noteworthy review of Basic Biographies from Booklist on April 1, 2010
The Basic Biographies series gets off to a good start with this well- chosen biography of a timeless figure in children’s entertainment. With an intelligent brevity, the authors relate Schulz’s career in very general terms: ‘Charles went to high school. Then he spent some time in the army. He married and had children. Charles always kept drawing.’ It’s this last fact that, through subtle repetition, becomes the book’s inspirational chorus. The book follows the familiar format of left-side text, right-side photograph, a strict balance it alters only once to allow a reproduction of the very first Peanuts strip from 1950. The historical photographs are evocative (the shot of Schulz’s simple desk brings him to life more than anything else), and the captions are even more succinct than the rest of the writing: ‘Charles drew his cartoons at this desk.’ Although specific TV shows are not itemized, they are mentioned alongside Thanksgiving floats and awards. ‘Charles Schulz made many people happy,’ the book concludes—a sweet and simple statement befitting the humble cartoonist.
Author: Cynthia Amoroso
Cynthia Amoroso holds undergraduate degrees in English and elementary education, and graduate degrees in curriculum and instruction as well as educational administration. She is currently an assistant superintendent in a suburban metropolitan school district. Cynthia's past roles include teacher, assistant principal, district reading coordinator, director of curriculum and instruction, and curriculum consultant. She has extensive experience in reading, literacy, curriculum development, professional development, and continuous improvement processes.