Cowboys and Coffin Makers Laurie Coulter and Martha Newbigging, Firefly Books, $16.95, Boftcover; 800-387-5085.

cowboyscoffinsAGES 9-12: Thinking of becoming a woodhawk, mule spinner or iron puddler? Laurie Coulter is masterfully creative in describing the changes taking place during the 19th-century American Industrial Revolution and how these changes affected the job market for everyday citizens.

While cartographers mapped new territories for Lewis and Clark, limners traveled from village to village, painting so-so portraits of common folks, and hokey-pokey sellers roamed city streets selling cheap ice cream. Humorously illustrated by Martha Newbigging, this wonderfully colorful and fun book will be an excellent resource for any elementary or junior high teacher. —Susan Sperry

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