Awesome Ancient Ancestors

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The second volume in this zany history series explores the ancient peoples and civilizations that existed in the land now called America. Carving spear points, creating cities, building giant earthworks (like bears with 70-foot shoulders!), these Ancient Americans were busy! Readers will discover just how much happened before Columbus ever set foot on American soil.
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Overview

The second volume in this zany history series explores the ancient peoples and civilizations that existed in the land now called America. Carving spear points, creating cities, building giant earthworks (like bears with 70-foot shoulders!), these Ancient Americans were busy! Readers will discover just how much happened before Columbus ever set foot on American soil.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Elizabeth Levy presents a punchy perspective on the past with two new titles in America's Horrible Histories series, Awesome Ancient Ancestors! and Who Are You Calling a Woolly Mammoth?, both illus. by Daniel McFeeley. Chunky blocks of informative text, timelines, sidebars, cheeky chapter headings ("Hello, People! Good-bye, Mammoths"; "A Huntin' and Gatherin' We Will Go"; and, for Mammoth, "The Ice Age Cometh") and a wisecracking cockroach guide lead readers on an informative exploration. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This nonfiction book is one in the series entitled "America's Horrible Histories." In this book the author details the history of the ancient Americans, those who lived in North America or Central America. As typical with the other books in this series, humor, jokes and unusual illustrations are used to poke some fun at these ancient Americans. Mixed in with this humor are tons of facts about the early people of the Americas, including the mound builders of the United States, the Maya, the Anasazi/Pueblo people and the Cahokia. Details about how these ancient people ate, traveled, hunted, farmed and created art are explained through the use of scientific findings. The author includes many visuals (timelines, maps, diagrams, pictographs) that help to explain about these early people and their civilizations. Throughout the book a "Travel Box" appears that tells of actual sites, museums and parks that can be visited. Although it is written in a chapter book format, it is truly a reference book of the early Americans. 2001, Scholastic, $4.99. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Maureen Boyle AGES: 8 9 10 11 12
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Gr 5-8-A lively romp through early human history in North America and Mesoamerica. Humorous cartoons abound as a wisecracking cockroach guides readers from about 10,500 B.C.E. to approximately 1000 C.E. Short chapter divisions, time-line and travel-site sidebars, and goofy captions spice up the currently known and surmised facts about early inhabitants of the Americas. Archaeological finds that have contributed to this knowledge explain how scientists learned what they believe to be true and how they have been able to hypothesize about the lives of these people. The factors that may have led to the rise and decline of each civilization discussed are based on current interpretations of archaeological evidence. Some of the same facts are presented in the first two chapters of Liz Sonneborn's The New York Public Library Amazing Native American History (Wiley, 1999). Helen Roney Sattler's The Earliest Americans (Clarion, 1993) also presents much of the same material. In addition, it includes South American civilizations; many detailed, informative illustrations; and a voluminous bibliography. Awesome Ancient Ancestors! has no glossary or bibliography.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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