Arab Science and Invention in the Golden Age

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Named one of the "Best Children's Book of the Year, 2008" by Bank Street College of Education

Named a "Notable Book for Children, 2008" by Smithsonian

"Highly recommended for public and school library nonfiction collections for young adults."?Midwest Book Review

"An excellent little book aimed essentially at young readers, but informative for those of any age. Highest ...

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Overview

Named one of the "Best Children's Book of the Year, 2008" by Bank Street College of Education

Named a "Notable Book for Children, 2008" by Smithsonian

"Highly recommended for public and school library nonfiction collections for young adults."—Midwest Book Review

"An excellent little book aimed essentially at young readers, but informative for those of any age. Highest rating."—Science Books & Films

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

The first third of this book, a quality overview of the building of the Muslim Empire, is the strength of the work. It is followed by chapters covering specific scientists and mathematicians from each century, which are not as strong, partly due to their organization. Each section describes the relevant location and time period in as many as three pages of text before introducing the subject. In the case of Alhazen, the story of how he feigned madness to avoid working for certain caliphs is told before discussing his accomplishments. Concepts are occasionally introduced without the proper context; the author uses the term "middle school" to refer to an institution one of the scientists attended as a child, for example. There is no explanation of why some of the scholars are referred to by their Latin names and others by their Arabic ones. The book offers only one experiment (submerging a stick to demonstrate light refraction) and one exercise (writing numbers in an ancient form studied by one of the featured mathematicians). Uneven art includes color photos, drawings, and sketches, with the sketches often overlaid on the photographs, giving an interesting effect. Overall, the book is a good introduction to the era, but it is less strong as a discussion of the science and invention of the title.-Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592700806
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Anne Blanchard currently thinks up and oversees books on various themes, occasionally writing them herself. She was formerly a social science and children's book editor. Another of her brainstorms, The Big Book of Dummies, Rebels and Other Geniuses, has also been published by Enchanted Lion Books. Emmanuel Cerisier uses pencils and watercolors to create wonderfully precise, detailed and realistic illustrations.
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