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Is it acceptable to have a historical figure to "transport" to current times to work with a child on a problem?  Or is the better way to have the historical figure talk with a child of their time?  What are the pros/cons of both?

Either way, can anyone suggest mentor texts.  Thanks.
#1 - April 23, 2020, 07:33 AM

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I think either way could work!

Steve Sheinkin has two books in his TIME TWISTERS series that follow this idea: http://stevesheinkin.com/books/
I haven't read them.
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Thanks for the mentor texts.
#3 - April 23, 2020, 12:59 PM

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You have reminded me of those Night at the Museum movies. Not books, but might help to weigh up pros and cons.
#4 - April 23, 2020, 05:45 PM
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Thank you for the suggestion.
#5 - April 23, 2020, 06:17 PM

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In both cases, you'd have to have the time period feel accurate and the characters fit their times.

If someone from 100 years ago walked into today, they'd be more than lost. They'd be terrified. They'd recognize iconic structures, say the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (I hope I'm not mixing dates up), but not much else in NY harbor. Fashion would be shocking, and embarrassingly so.

Someone going back in time would have more reference. They'd have maybe seen pictures or picture books. There would still be culture shock--no TV or computers, what! And they'd still be way out of place, but horses pulling vehicles wouldn't be strange. After all, they still do in Central Park.

There are many books with time travel elements: The Magic Tree House series, for example. Of course, not a single picture book comes to mind. There are a few TV shows for kids that have done this too. A Google search will turn them up. Add an age group to narrow the list.
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Thanks for the thoughtful response.
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