Kids During the Industrial Revolution by Lisa A. Wroble (Kids Throughout History Series)
Genre: History, Child Labor, Industrial Revolution
This is an informative and terse book providing a brief overview of the industrial revolution and how it effected children primarily. I liked that there is a glossary in the back as well as pronunciation guides for the polysyllabic words. Those are also highlighted in bold font and a definition is provided right away.
This book provides little snapshots into life during the industrial revolution. Each page covers a different aspect from the machines, the rise of the industrial city, to food and clothing as well as changes for the better. Its 24 pages total with lots of black and white photos and illustrations to better depict life in those times. Although the book is about kids during the industrial revolution, the book focused more on life during the industrial revolution, not so much on the kids. The industrial revolution began in England from about 1650 to 1890. Although most industrial revolutions start during times of war, this one was spurred by technology innovations and the creations of machines and factory mills. Cities developed, tenements and row houses blossomed, making for cramped quarters and large city life. A broad opposite to the calmer life on farms. Many children worked 12 hours days from 5a to dusk, with no time for school or even play. Sundays were reserved for church, but most people worked 6 days a week, often not even earning enough money to purchase the goods they produce.
This book is a great introduction to history for young children. Although I would recommend it more for early grades. I feel that the writing is too simple for fifth grade.
I would also tie it in with these historical fiction books about the Industrial Revolution: