A Timeline History of the Mexican-American War

9781467785839. ea vol: 48p. (Timeline Trackers: Westward Expansion). chron. ebook available. further reading. glossary. index. photos. Lerner. Nov. 2015. lib. ed. $30.65.
Gr 4–6—This series pairs dramatic narrative with visually arresting time lines, resulting in a well-thought-out foray into the years of America's westward expansion. Chapters are six to 10 pages in length, and each begins with a chronology that takes up the top half of the spread. The books then go on to explain the events in more detail. The clear writing effectively demonstrates cause and effect. For instance, in Mexican-American War, the Battle of the Alamo is presented clearly as an outcome of long-simmering tensions between U.S. settlers in Mexican-controlled Texas. Throughout the series, red, white, and blue motif is used for time line demarcations and paragraph headings, giving the content a crisp, clean look and serving as a visual alert. Illustrations are serviceable, and all are captioned. Sources are not cited.
VERDICT A good option for collections where supplementary material on the American West is needed.
The volumes in this series examine the cause and effect surrounding particular aspects of America's westward expansion. Each well-organized chapter begins with a timeline plotting out the events described within, skillfully zooming in and out on relevant years. An inviting approach, accessible prose, and carefully curated photographs and art enhance the presentations. Writing activities are appended. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. Review covers the following Timeline Trackers: Westward Expansion titles: Mexican-American War, Transcontinental Railroad, and California Gold Rush.

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