When I am not teaching, you will find me reading books, sewing, spinning yarn, knitting, listening to music, walking, or enjoying life with my husband, MIchael, and our two cats.
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When I "have" to read a book, I have the habit of not reading anything about it beforehand. I don't read reviews, I don't even read the jacket flaps. So when I picked up Countdown with it's picture of an old 45 rpm record on the cover, I figured that I would go back to the 50's for some music-themed fun. Boy was I wrong! Countdown is an amazing book about a very scary time in history -- the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.
Ms. Wiles tells a incredible story and intersperses the narrative with quotes, pictures, and news articles from the time period. Countdown is the first book in The Sixties Trilogy. I can't wait for the next two installments!
Countdown is from the Rebecca Caudill list and is appropriate for most 4th and 5th grade students. If you have a child who is a worry-wart, I would recommend that they read this when they are a little older.