Children's LiteratureIn the introduction about the origins of the Celtic world, the author acknowledges that the Celts did not leave written records so our knowledge depends on accounts written by Romans and Greeks as well as the information gleaned by archeologists. Since the Romans and Greeks were conquerors of the Celtic world, their views need to be taken with a degree of skepticism. Yet the author presumes to tell us how Celts felt: "Young people were eager to become druids...," "Celts loved horses...," "they were not good at long-term plans or working together on long-term projects." When he sticks to the facts he does a fine job of examining Celtic life, and the many excellent illustrations on each page add to the reader's understanding. Pages with acetate overlays show us the inside and outside views of a bog burial and a Celtic homestead, as well as the outer walls and the inside buildings of a village. The book also looks at religion, the druids, burial, farming and food, war, daily life, technology, art, festivals, fun and games, Celts and Romans along with Romanized Celts, trade and travel, the Celtic fringes, and the way Celts live on. The book, in the "Uncovering History" series, includes an index but would be better if it also had a bibliography. 2004 (orig. 2003), Smart Apple Media, Ages 9 to Adult.
Janet Crane Barley