Is your child an avid student of American history? Loves movies depicting the Civil War or the Colonial America? Watches documentaries and reads biographies about historical personalities? With every thematic issue, Cobblestone explores a significant event or moment in time that made a difference in America’s historic evolution.
This glossy, high-quality publication features well-written (age-appropriately brief) content that include features, regular columns and departments, hands-on projects and puzzles. The magazine’s “To The Moon” issue, for instance, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, and includes a first-person story about that memorable day; an overview of the Space Race of the ‘60s and ‘70s; a feature explaining rocket science; and an analysis that separates orbiting space junk from historical space artifacts.
Cobblestone stays relatively grounded in its historical explorations otherwise. One entire issue recently focuses on the events, significance and impact of the Homestead Act of 1862, including stories about kids’ life on the prairie; its effect on Native Americans; and President Lincoln’s hand in opening the West to settlers. From the working life in Colonial America to what most textbooks don’t reveal about the history of Native American tribes, Cobblestone packs its ad-free, 48-page issues with vivid recounting and spot-on analyses of the stories of the making of America that are factual, entertaining and without ideological biases. For young students of history, Cobblestone is like a time machine.
Don Oldenburg ©2020 Parents’ Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.