This photo-essay describes what is known about the huge city of Teotihuacan, thought to have a population of 100,000-200,00 in its heyday. The actual names of the city and its people are unknown-the Aztecs used the huge pyramids in their rituals and named the area the "City of the Gods." The book explains what can be deduced about this early civilization by the artifacts discovered during excavation. Numerous photographs supplement the text.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-A highly readable introduction to Teotihuacn. Arnold's succinct, well-written text relates the cultural and social history of this ancient civilization. Coupled with Hewett's fine full-color photographs, the narrative allows readers to walk the streets, climb the pyramids, and view the artistic splendor of a complex culture that profoundly influenced other Mexican and Central American peoples. Leonard Everett Fisher's Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon (Macmillan, 1988) includes a timeline and map to better orient readers, but Arnold provides more extensive cultural background, and Hewett's numerous, full-color photographs give life to the presentation.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR
Arnold and Hewett bring their expertise to Teotihuacan, the largest and most important city in Mexico and Central America for 800 years. Text and full-color photographs explore the ruins and extrapolate what life was like for the people who lived and worshiped in Teotihuacan. The book spends time describing the gods and goddesses; photos of deities in paintings, in stone (carved large and small), and even in mask form appear throughout, along with the ceremonial centers, including the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. There is also discussion about the civilizations that came after, including the Toltecs and the Aztecs. Students doing reports will find this a good resource, but the arresting photographs will draw browsers in as well.
Caroline Arnold always loved books, but as a child she never thought of writing as a career. Born in Pittsburgh, she grew up in Minneapolis and studied art at Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. "It was only after my children were born that I became acquainted with children's books and it occurred to me that I could use my training to become a children's book illustrator. I soon realized that I needed a text to go with the pictures, and the more I wrote, the more I realized that I liked writing as much as or more than drawing. I've always been fascinated by the natural world and love to go to the parks and museums. Perhaps that is why so many of my books are about scientific topics." Arnold is now the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, a neuroscientist, and teaches writing at UCLA Extension.