Della A. Yannuzzi
Describes the political, cultural and social history of ancient Greece.
Children's LiteratureThis is a nice thirty-two page picture book about the Ancient Greeks. Some topics covered are how Greeks lived, their family life, education, entertainment, "Great Greek Thinkers," and what happened to the Greeks. Interesting sidebars are also included. A colorful map shows the cities of Ancient Greek. Greece is made up of hundreds of islands in the Mediterranean Sea. In ancient times, Greeks lived in parts of present-day Italy and Turkey. Greece's best period was called the Classical Period, about 2,500 years ago. The populous of Greece was divided into three groups. They were the citizens, metics, and slaves. Citizens had the most rights. Metics were men born outside the city, and slaves and women had no rights. Many ancient Greeks were farmers. They grew olives, vegetables, figs, and wheat. They also made wine from grapes. Greek boys went to school from the age of seven. Girls stayed at home and learned how to spin, sew, and run a household. Some great Greek thinkers were Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates. There is an interesting section about "Gods and Goddesses." There are many good facts in this book. Illustrations are in color. A glossary, further resources, and online sites are included. 2005, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 12.
Della A. Yannuzzi
School Library JournalGr 3-5-Illustrated spreads highlight various aspects of each civilization, including people and customs (both the rich and the poor), occupations, religion, the military, clothing, family life, etc. The brief descriptions can be choppy-"Women ran the households. Children didn't go to school." Sidebars and informative pictures help clarify particular points throughout the texts. While the maps provide a geographical context invaluable to newcomers, there are some inaccuracies; for example, Ireland is labeled Great Britain on one map, and another combines Roman place names like Gaul with modern ones like Germany and Italy. The books tend to feature breadth over depth, eliminating or glossing over the kinds of things that would hook young readers, like gory specifics about Viking raids or Mayan sacrifices. Browsers will come away with a fundamental understanding of each civilization, but serious students may need more. Series such as "You Wouldn't Want To-" (Watts) or the "Eyewitness" books (DK) better engage readers at this age level, with both interesting tidbits and eye-catching graphics.-Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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