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Children's LiteratureJust what was so "great" about Alexander? If readers do not know beforehand, they will know when they finish this book. A detailed timeline sports pictures and words as they pertain to Alexander's life from birth to death. A map, a few pages into the book, offers reference points needed to understand his life and times. Illustrations of Alexander and friends during his early years are well done and entertaining. Readers may relate to text and pictures of Alexander's school days. This spread is a good place to find out about the Greek Alphabet and an abacus used for math. As in the other books of the "Kids Who Ruled" series, this one presents sidebars written the way Alexander may have done them or how other people of his time would have. Another set of sidebars contains information on everything from wine to Greek fashion. Young readers will most likely be interested in the spread that covers the Olympic games. Educators or adults may do well to explain the time period to children since it covers happenings from 359 to 323 B.C. End matter contains a glossary, index, and additional resources. Libraries and classrooms will find this book, and others in the set add enrichment to the teaching of history and study of biographies. 2003, Peter Bidrick Books/McGraw-Hill Children's Publishing, Ages 7 to 12.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury