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Popular Culture: 1940-1959
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Heinemann-Raintree Middle School Nonfiction

Popular Culture: 1940-1959

What was “skiffle”? How did technology impact the look and design of everyday things during these years? Disney and drive-in theaters, Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe, this is the era where popular culture really comes into its own! It’s also the era where a TV set might find its home in the living room of an average family. Find out how fashion, music, and movies changed and developed after WWII, and how the Cold War also had an influence.

Reading LevelGrades 6-9
Interest LevelGrades 6-9
Lexile Level1250L
ATOS Level9.3
AR Points3
AR Quiz #152149
Text TypeInformational Text
BrandHeinemann-Raintree Middle School Nonfiction
Page Dimensions0" x 0"
Page Count64
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $36.65 School/Library Price

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School Library Journal - Alyson Low

"These books highlight the TV, movies, music, fashion, art, and major events of each decade of the 20th century. Unfortunately, they are dotted with pesky problems. Stilted, weak writing produces silly euphemisms (such as James Bond "found time to date many beautiful women"), and the set’s design is uninspired. "Yuppie" is wrongly defined as "young upwardly mobile professional"; the 3-D film craze is said to have passed quickly even though such movies continue to be blockbuster hits, and there are some unhelpful glossary entries. For example, in 1900-1919, the one for "honky-tonk" gives the same definition as the main text. Flaws such as these build a strong case for the unreliability of these retrospectives as report material. The well-selected photographs and reproductions and abundant back matter aren’t enough to bring them up to snuff. -- Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR School Library Journal, "Series Made Simple" 11/1/2012" - School Library Journal

November 1, 2012


Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

2013 YA Top 40 ...this series is a nice addition for American Studies research and Common Core connections to history.

May 1, 2013

Nick Hunter

Nick Hunter

Nick Hunter has written many non-fiction books for children. He has a degree in Modern History and specializes in writing about history and social studies.

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