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Reviewed by Joe Wisinski for Readers' Favorite
Finding Family Treasure is the story of fifth-grade students who learn about the enormous diversity of the American population. The children’s teacher gives them the assignment to learn about their backgrounds by interviewing older family members. The teacher also enlists the help of a genealogist, who shows the students how to research websites that document their families’ histories. The children learn about their family history as far back as the early immigrants to America. They also learn U.S. history through the eyes of their ancestors. Furthermore, the students discover that, in some cases, they have surprising connections to each other. There is also an ongoing issue between a protagonist and antagonist. Authors K. I. Knight and Jane R. Wood say the book is for children in grades four through six.
Finding Family Treasure is a wonderful book, not only for the target audience of fourth through sixth graders but for anyone. I enjoyed the review of historical events large and small and even learned some new historical facts. Children will also learn about resolving conflict from the protagonist/antagonist issue. One fine aspect of the book is that the chapters are short. This makes it easy for children in the target age, or even those younger, to remain interested. I highly recommend this book both to parents and to children. Authors K. I. Knight and Jane R. Wood clearly understand children, recognize the problems they face, and have written an entertaining, believable book that any child will enjoy and benefit from reading.