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A children's book series develops the entire history of America wrapped around its heroes. Danny Drumm, a Civil War drummer boy, narrates to his little dog Shadow. Each book is wonderfully illustrated in color. The appealing Shadow is in every painting, so the kids are going to lock on him and love him. The series commences with an introduction to drummer boys, then drops back to our beginnings, and continues, chronologically, to the present, via several books per year during the next decade. History is made entertaining by a highly acclaimed author. Deeply tested with teachers, this series is primarily an elementary school teaching and reading tool with wide ranging potential, but it also has strong popular appeal and is just right for Mama's (and Grandma's) lap reading, even though Dad may get hooked on it too.   Of course, it's an excellent library item as well.