Now heres a series of books that every school library needs.
The You Wouldnt Want to Be series describes what your life would be like if you lived during any of these eras in history.
There are over 100 books in the series and my local libraries dont have all of them, so Im only reviewing the books I found the most interesting.
4th Grade and Up
You Wouldnt Want to Be a Nurse During the American Civil War!
Get ready as a young reporter in 1861, youre about to be sent on your toughest assignment ever. Youre going to the battlefields to find out what its like to be a nurse in the American Civil War.
I dont understand how anyone could see a woman as weak and fragile after 2,000 women volunteered to be battlefield nurses for both sides. These women were constantly surrounded my blood, filth and death but they keep going even when they got sick themselves.
Dont even get me started on the 1860s version on an amputation. Chloroform was used as anesthetic and the surgeons used a bone saw to cut the limp off. Sometimes there was no chloroform, so the patient was fully conscious during the whole thing. And nothing was cleaned afterwards so most amputees died of infection. I dont know how amputations are done in modern day, but at least now we know about sterilization.
A little side note, can someone explain to me why the people of today want to have reenactments of Civil War battles? I went to one and it was the stupidest thing I have ever seen. The people just stood in rows, pretended to shoot at each other, and fell over.
You Wouldnt Want to Be a Shakespearean Actor!
Get ready to play your part! As a young male actor in the 16thcentury, you have a tough job. You have to perform for rowdy crowds at the Globe theater, work for little money, and rehearse for hours each day. Life is far from fun as a Shakespearean actor.
It was interesting to learn about theatrical history and what the life of an actor was like during the late 16thand early 17thcenturies. Its doesnt matter what time in history youre in, being an actor is no easy.
People who work in the theater dont get enough credit. With a live audience, you cant afford to mess up a line, especially when its a Shakespearean play.
I found it weird that women werent allowed to act but people were ok with young boys playing female roles.
You Wouldnt Want to Meet a Body Snatcher!
Get ready youre about to experience the darker side of science.
As a medical student in Edinburgh, youll soon find out why you shouldnt be friends with a body snatcher.
This book introduces readers to the dark side of the early advancements in the understanding human anatomy.
In a nutshell, during the early 19thcentury, doctors were just beginning to understand how the human body works. To do this, doctors would dissect (cut open) dead bodies to study what was inside.
But there werent enough legal dead bodies for doctors to study, so criminals called body snatchers would steal corpse from cemeteries to sell to the doctors.
The thought of someone stealing a dead body is morbid and disturbing.
For those readers who, like me, find this subject strangely fascinated, I recommend reading this book.
This weeks Weird but True Fact about a Civil War Soldier, Shakespeares Macbeth, and Dead Bodies
A U.S. Civil soldier coughed up a bullet nearly 60 years after he was shot.
Many actors never want to hear the word Macbeth uttered inside a theater due to a supposed curse.
You can see real human and animal bodies preserved in plastic at the Plastinarium in Guben, Germany.