Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.Books in "The Ancient World" series examine great civilizations and provide substantial resources with archival prints, scenic photographs, multiple artifacts, and a basic timeline. Historical elements about the people of China are prominently featured as significant influences to modern times are given in separate full page text boxes titled "The Past Is Present" with contrasting visuals and text. Tremendous archeological discoveries continue to be uncovered across China's vast landscape combined with written records from three thousand years ago to create a rich heritage. For example, in 2011 the National Museum of China opened in Beijing while ancient Chinese art is showcased in the Shanghai Museum. By making appropriate connections to daily life in the series, youngsters trace significant details about ancient Chinese culture such as their rise to power, extensive rule by dynasties, abundant natural resources, and sacred beliefs steeped in mighty traditions. Remarkable accomplishments with minimal discussion about controversy are presented in a positive, bright layout. Pages have bold key words listed in the margin as a brief dictionary entry. Engaging chapters provide fascinating material with mini-biographies of famous rulers, a nice glossary, thorough index, and brief bibliography. Other books in the series cover the Incas, Mayans, and Romans. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
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