The Earliest Americans

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"In a handsome companion volume to her HOMINIDS, Sattler chronicles the arrival of humankind to North America . . . The author presents theories on migration patterns, dates, and technological developments, indicating whether they are widely accepted or hotly debated. This scholarly whole is accompanied by several maps, an index, and a time line of contemporary cultures and developments in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. There is also an extremely detailed 14-page bibliography listed chapter by chapter."

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Overview

"In a handsome companion volume to her HOMINIDS, Sattler chronicles the arrival of humankind to North America . . . The author presents theories on migration patterns, dates, and technological developments, indicating whether they are widely accepted or hotly debated. This scholarly whole is accompanied by several maps, an index, and a time line of contemporary cultures and developments in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. There is also an extremely detailed 14-page bibliography listed chapter by chapter."

-School Library Journal

Covers the history of early man in America from the earliest known sites to approximately 1492 A.D.

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The experienced collaborators responsible for such popular and useful works as Baby Dinosaurs and Sharks have produced a fascinating chronological survey of the many civilizations that flourished in the Americas from 22,000 to 500 years ago, or before European contact. With her customary care, Sattler clearly sets out several of the most established theories about who the earliest Americans were, where they came from and when they arrived. She explains how anthropologists and archeologists gather information from fossils and other remains, and she contrasts various aspects of diverse ancient American civilizations with those of Europe, Asia and Africa, discussing, for example, shelter, agriculture, customs and technology. The late Sattler's writing, while reliable and well sourced, may be a bit more dry here than in her previous works; however, Zallinger's highly detailed pencil drawings, maps and charts consistently amplify the text. Those looking for information on civilizations generally not well represented in children's nonfiction will find this involving, and even adults will appreciate its chronological charts, extensive bibliography and comprehensive index. Ages 9-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature
The history of the earliest people known to have lived in North and South America is one shrouded by the mists of prehistory. Solely through the efforts of archaeologists has the tale of the earliest Americans come to light. Prior to the efforts of scientists there existed a cultural bias that indicated these early Americans lived in primitive societies far inferior to those achieved in Europe and Asia. However, more recent research has found that complex and advanced cultures thrived in America thousands of years ago. This book of science traces the early development of these Native American societies through the remaining material records unearthed by archaeologists. Through an analysis of fossil tools, artifacts, pottery and buildings, scientists have come to realize the depth of these pre-historic cultures and their people. Ancient Native Americans were able to build intricate roadways, develop accurate calendars, construct complicated buildings and advance mathematical study. These were not primitive cultures but rather, well-developed and mature societies. Perhaps the strongest element of this book is its illustrations. A gentle, black-and-white sketchbook approach is used to illuminate the life and tools of ancient Native Americans. With a journeyman-like narrative, this is a book that will engage readers with an interest in Native Americans or archaeology. 2001 (orig. 1993), Clarion Books, $19.00 and $8.95. Ages 9 to 14. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-- In a handsome companion volume to her Hominids (Lothrop, 1988), Sattler chronicles the arrival of humankind to North America. Drifting across the former land bridge between Siberia and Alaska, or following a now-drowned coast, hunting bands and family groups dispersed throughout the Americas, tolled by herds of game; flocks of migratory waterfowl; and bounty of fish, mollusks, and edible vegetation. The polished text follows this human flow, recording the adaptation of these ancient peoples to an enormous range of climatic and geographical diversity. Specific archaeological sites are examined, recording the development of agriculture and advanced technologies among some peoples, culminating in the flowering of strong nations and great empires. Other investigations determine the cultural growth of groups who clung to hunter/gatherer traditions. The author presents theories on migration patterns, dates, and technological developments, indicating whether they are widely accepted or hotly debated. This scholarly whole is accompanied by several maps, an index, and a time line of contemporary cultures and developments in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. There is also an extremely detailed 14-page bibliography listed chapter by chapter. Zallinger's strong, meticulous, sepia-tone artwork is informative as well as decorative, and are placed to complement the text. Large format, attractive illustrations, elegant type face on fine cream paper, and careful balance of text and illustration present The Earliest Americans as an inviting package that lives up to the expectations it engenders. --Patricia Manning, Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618111466
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.01 (w) x 10.95 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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