Best Book of Ancient Greece

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Discover ancient Greece and learn more about the palaces, myths, epic poems and philosophies of one of the world's greatest civilizations. Chris Molan's breathtaking art brings the subject alive as the reader visits a great Mycenaean palace and many more ancient buildings and places.
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Overview

Discover ancient Greece and learn more about the palaces, myths, epic poems and philosophies of one of the world's greatest civilizations. Chris Molan's breathtaking art brings the subject alive as the reader visits a great Mycenaean palace and many more ancient buildings and places.
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Children's Literature
Greece has such an ancient and rich history that it can be difficult to include adequate information in an overview. Weber has managed to hit the high points and has provided an adequate introduction to a subject that spans centuries. The majority of the text is taken up with full-color illustrations of places, buildings and people of Ancient Greece. The actual text accompanying the illustrations is brief and targets several specific topics in the illustration. Beginning with the Minoans and Mycenaeans and continuing on with brief looks at Troy, Sparta, Athens and myths and legends, Weber provides the most basic information on each topic as well as brief looks at archaeology and modern Greece. The language is simple and easy to understand and gives just enough basic information to point children in the proper direction for more research in suitable resources. This title is part of the "Best Book" series. 2005, Kingfisher Publications, Ages 6 to 9.
—Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Fourteen mostly double-page chapters cover topics ranging from the Minoans and Mycenaeans to city-states, from Greek myths to archaeology. The material is organized in a loose chronological order, ending with a very short chapter on Greece today. The story of Troy is summed up handily, with a large full-page depiction of the Greek army emerging from the Trojan horse. Short sentences and large type together with interesting facts make this a quick, enjoyable read, and the full-color artwork is a powerful draw. The images are abundant and eye-catching, particularly the huge statue of Athena inside the Parthenon will be awe-inspiring. And, "Eureka!" readers can see Archimedes, splashing in the tub, doing his bath math. While there isn't enough detail on any one subject for substantive reports, teachers looking for a way to hook students on ancient Greece will find that this title does the trick. Perfect supplementary classroom material.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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The title is as wrong as it is self-congratulatory. Combining statements that range from ludicrous-"No one knows exactly what happened during the Dark Ages. We think that people no longer learned to read or write, and that is why they did not keep written records"-to merely vague or contradictory (did the Mycenaeans inhabit one city, or several? Depends on the page.) with often-indistinct paintings featuring views of generic, discreetly posed men, women and gods, this scattershot survey ranks well below the likes of Anne Pearson's Ancient Greece (rev. ed., 2004), Kim Covert's Ancient Greece (2004), or the plethora of similar assignment titles. (Nonfiction. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753458716
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Series: Best Book of Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 10.14 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Belinda Weber is an author and editor and has written many children's books about natural history, science, and history including includingThe Kingfisher Children's Atlas, The Best Book of Nighttime Animals, and Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Reptiles. She has a lifelong interest in wildlife and the environment and previously directed the Adopt an Animal fundraising program for the Zoological Society of London.
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