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*The Story of Britain: From the Norman Conquest to the European Union* by Patrick Dillon, illustrated by P.J. Lynch - middle grades nonfiction book review
The Story of Britain: From the Norman Conquest to the European Union
by Patrick Dillon, illustrated by P.J. Lynch
Ages 10+ 352 pages Candlewick February 2011 Hardcover    

Stunningly illustrated, this history of Britain covers a lot of territory although not in great depth. Most events and political developments such as Agincourt, The Gunpowder Plot, and The Great Reform Act and famous aristocrats, members of the royal family and politicians are discussed in just a page or two of text.

The bite-size bits of information the reader finds will serve as an introduction to the subject matter. That is not to suggest, though, that this is not in itself a valuable research tool. Not only does the author offer a comprehensive (albeit cursory) look at the history of the country, but the maps, timelines and illustrations will place events and people in the correct chronological order and offer a valuable starting point for the study of British history.

Once the readerís curiosity has been whet by perusing these pages, the youngster can be directed to other books that will provide a more detailed account of the topic.
 
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