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Forgotten Cities (Mystery Files Series)

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Oddly cities with powerful rulers, complex structures, and many people now lie in dusty ruins all over the world. This particular mystery file introduces readers to the world's forgotten cities and tries to explain why they no longer exist. The first city is Atlantis which now lies somewhere on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Sadly no one really knows its exact location when it was flourishing or its remains today. Next city features include Mound of the Dead, Babylon, Troy, Pompeii, site of China's first emperor, the Incans and Aztecs and Africa's royal city. Each city features some photographs or drawings and a sidebar about a special element of the city. The information is just enough to whet a reader's appetite to possibly seek out more on a specific forgotten city.. While the order of the cities doesn't follow any logical pattern, it does provide a good mix of cities and a glossary for unfamiliar words. Third and fourth grade explorers can enjoy browsing; their teachers could use this as a launch for initial discovery of these distant lands as long as they include a map. Part of the "Mystery Files" series. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—These titles offer a brief introduction to their subjects, and then two pages per topic, a format that succeeds in working in a wide range of information. Impossible Science, for example, looks at concepts such as perpetual motion, time travel, teleportation, and death rays. Astonishing Bodies covers topics from sleepwalking to spontaneous combustion to contortionism. Forgotten Cities examines Atlantis, Babylon, Troy, Pompeii, and Petra, among other global sites. The pages look like pages from a case file, with paper-clip illustrations and typewriter font, plus many photographs and drawings lining the borders of each spread. This design lends itself to the sense that kids are exploring something mysterious indeed. Sometimes repetitive or vague sentences make some topics less informative than others-but overall, there is a broad array of material here. The missing pieces keep these books from being ideal choices for reports, but they would be solid jumping-off points to introduce ideas, and they would also work well as titles for kids to explore together. Good browsing items.—Heather Talty, formerly at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778780076
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/28/2012
  • Series: Crabtree Mystery Files Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.03 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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