Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2013 Magazines
Ages: 9 - 14 yrs.
Publisher: ePals Media
Newsstand Price: $6.95
Subscription Price: $33.95 / 9 Issues

Cobblestone's niche is American history, brought to life for young readers through abundant illustrations, photos, fun facts, and well-written text. Recent issues of Cobblestone have focused on Thomas Jefferson, The War of 1812, and 1862: A Year in the Civil War. What's impressive is that each issue is guest-edited by a historian who is an expert on that issue's topic. For example, the consulting editor for an issue about Frederick Law Olmsted was Alan Banks, Supervisory Park Ranger of the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. Banks has researched Olmsted, studied his works, and developed tours of the landscape architect's projects. The issue links past and present by featuring an interview with a modern landscape architect; a story about Frederick Law Olmsted's winding path toward his ultimate career; and an article examining Central Park from its design through its present state. There are recurring features in the magazine as well, such as "Mapping It" (an emphasis on map literacy), or "Dr. D's Mystery Hero," which spotlights lesser-known individuals who contributed significantly to our history. The lively writing and plentiful visuals make this a great choice for anyone looking to discover more about America's past.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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