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Children's LiteratureAmerica's fascination with China knows no bounds it seems, nor should it, for it is an utterly fascinating place with an utterly fascinating history. This book is geared towards those in grades three to seven, but those on the early end of reading might find the text in this book a bit advanced. Nevertheless, that should not stop either early readers nor those well beyond grade seven from picking up this volume. Covering the basics from 221 B.C. to A.D. 1912, through excellent photography and succinct descriptions, this title whets one's appetite for a more in-depth study of ancient China. For it was here that so much of what we take for granted began--tools, weapons, paper, printing, porcelain, embroidery--the list goes on. This is not a book you read, but one you absorb, for there is so much here to take in. Laid out well, the book takes you through China's beginnings, through her many dynasties, her inventions, her culture, her social structure, and her wars. A time line, glossary, index and guide on where to learn more are included. This book is but a starting point for a study of China, but an excellent one it is. This is part of the "Eyewitness" series. 2005 (orig. 1994), DK Publishing, and Ages 8 to 12.