For those tired of history texts written by committee, a former teacher and journalist has created a 10-volume alternative--a narrative history of the United States by one author, working with student editors.
A History of Us, by Joy Hakim, brings back what Ms. Hakim says made texts of an earlier era more palatable for young readers: a storyteller's perspective. Response from classrooms that have used her series in manuscript form indicate, according to the publisher, that children still are enticed to read and study by lively narrative.
Oxford University Press will publish next month the first three volumes of the series: The First Americans, Making Thirteen Colonies, and From Colonies to Country. The remainder will be published in December and January.
Amply illustrated, A History of Us has garnered pre-publication praise from many educators. Its target audience is 8- to 13-year-olds. Volumes are $19.95 in hardcover, $9.95 in paperback. More information is available from Oxford University Press, (212) 679-7300.
A national, home-delivered newspaper for children is using the same interest-and-readability standard to entice 8- to 14-year-olds to keep up with their world.
Tomorrow's Morning, a four-page weekly launched last year, is advertising-free and printed on recycled paper. Modeled after a French publication, Le Journal des Enfants, it blends national and international news with graphics and features that appeal to the age group. One unusual fixture: "Kidstocks,'' on market trends and stock prices for products of interest to youths, such as Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and Marvel Comics.
The paper's advisory board includes Harvard University's George Lesser and Peggy Charren, the founder of Action for Children's Television. A charter-subscription rate of 33 issues for $16.17 is available; the address is P.O. Box 55234, Boulder, Colo. 80322-5234.
What is billed as the "first Spanish-language educational publication for families'' was launched last month by the Educational Publishing Group in Boston. Educacion al Dia is the Spanish version of Education Today, a newsletter used by companies to promote the importance of education to employees and their families. The publisher, E.P.G., also produces a national radio show and Educating Kids, a family-focused magazine distributed free by sponsoring supermarkets.
Subscriptions for Educacion al Dia are $19.95 from the Educational Publishing Group, Statler Building, Ste. 1215, 20 Park Plaza, Boston, Mass. 02116; (800) 927-6006.--S.K.G.