Into the West James M. McPherson, Simon & Schuster, $22.95, hardcover; 800-223-2336.

dec06_into_the_westSmothered in interesting facts and amazing stories, Into the West by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James M. McPherson is a fun and entertaining way to learn about the American frontier.

From the Civil War in the 1860s to the last days of the frontier in 1890, this picture book is anything but childish. The stories, offset by drawings and photographs, are beautifully constructed and written. Although this book is meant for youth, it will make a great gift for a history teacher or anyone who enjoys learning about Western history.—Alexandra Goodspeed, 16, Cave Creek, AZ

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