Chinese Life

Chinese Life

by Barrons Educational Series, Jonathan Clements
     
 
Here's an engrossing account of the great culture that first emerged in east Asia's Yellow River Valley tens of thousands of years ago. It�s recorded history starts with the first among China's many imperial dynasties, the Shang, nearly 4,000 years ago. (Ages 10 and older)

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Here's an engrossing account of the great culture that first emerged in east Asia's Yellow River Valley tens of thousands of years ago. It�s recorded history starts with the first among China's many imperial dynasties, the Shang, nearly 4,000 years ago. (Ages 10 and older)

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Children's Literature
For over 4000 years China has been the home of a complex civilization. A land of diverse ethnicity, culture, religion and lifestyles, China remains one of the most influential nations in the world. In this colorfully illustrated book, the reader is introduced to major themes in Chinese cultural history. Topics such as family life, law, spirituality, art and social structure in ancient China are touched upon. There is a brief overview in each section with five or six detailed subjects in sidebar notations. For example, the reader can experience a more general glimpse of a subject such as "fashion" and then briefly read the subheadings about "foot binding" "dress" and silk." While ancient Chinese history is so broad a subject that no single volume can do it justice, this little work does afford a good introduction. The Chinese people remain one of the most influential groups of our age. To understand their national heritage is a pathway for increasing connections with them. This concise book can serve as a good starting point for readers interested in Chinese history. 2000, Barron's, $5.95. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
KLIATT
These new entries in an attractive series for upper elementary and middle school students examine daily life in various early civilizations. Their strength lies in the many color photos and illustrations that show aspects of each civilization, ranging from art and architecture to fashion, health and medicine, life for the rich and for the poor, religion, love and marriage, crime and punishment, food and drink, pastimes, and more. Topics are presented as double-page spreads, with text consisting of a paragraph and detailed captions for the many illustrations. So these books are of more interest as a browsing experience than as research tools, and they tend to oversimplify their subjects. They do give a visual sense of the richness and variety inherent in these cultures, however, and may serve to spark interest in further investigation. (Early Civilizations) KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2000, Barron's/Ticktock Guides, 32p, 99-68836, illus, maps, indexes, 24cm, $5.95. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; January 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 1)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764110702
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Series:
Ticktock Early Civilizations Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
29
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.16(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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