School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-8-Slim, chronological titles that focus on the periods from the Ice Age to the 1500s. Each volume is broken down into regions of the world and includes clear discussions of jewelry, textile production, hair care, grooming, hygiene, and a warrior's battle dress. The garments of both men and women and different classes are addressed, as is the impact of climate, geography, charismatic leaders, and significant historical events on costume. Details such as the development of clothing and accessories in the ancient world are particularly interesting, as the use of tools and materials became increasingly more sophisticated. Colorful reproductions, drawings (some labeled), photographs of artifacts, and informative sidebars are used effectively to emphasize points and help create visual images. The arrangement of the volumes works best for students studying a certain period; it may prove cumbersome for those researching one place over a longer period of time. "A Fashionable History of-" series (Heinemann Library) offers similar information but within a shorter time frame and with a focus on Western dress. Librarians looking to beef up their collections in this area will find these titles to be useful and engaging.-Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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