G is for Gladiator: An Ancient Rome Alphabet

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According to Roman legend, what famous twins were raised by a she-wolf? Who wrote the epic poem, The Aeneaid? What famous leader brought law and stability, yet was stabbed to death by a group of senators? Life in ancient Rome was certainly not for the faint of heart! In G is for Gladiator: An Ancient Rome Alphabet, readers are given an A-Z introduction to ancient Rome, including its social, political, and civil customs and practices. Husband-and-wife writing team Debbie and Michael Shoulders explore topics such ...
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According to Roman legend, what famous twins were raised by a she-wolf? Who wrote the epic poem, The Aeneaid? What famous leader brought law and stability, yet was stabbed to death by a group of senators? Life in ancient Rome was certainly not for the faint of heart! In G is for Gladiator: An Ancient Rome Alphabet, readers are given an A-Z introduction to ancient Rome, including its social, political, and civil customs and practices. Husband-and-wife writing team Debbie and Michael Shoulders explore topics such as Roman law, architecture, mythology, and of course, the ultimate "fight club" (gladiatorial combat). From the relaxed surroundings of the public baths to the rigid codes of the military legions, Rome's ancient civilization is unveiled. Colorful, entertaining artwork from Victor Juhasz, the illustrator of Z is for Zeus: A Greek Mythology Alphabet, brings it all to vivid life. Debbie and Michael Shoulders also coauthored D is for Drum: A Native American Alphabet. Debbie teaches middle school and reviews children's literature. An educator for 30 years, Mike now writes and travels year-round, championing literacy. He has written 10 books for Sleeping Bear Press. They live in Clarksville, Tennessee. Victor Juhasz's books include R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet and D is for Democracy: A Citizen's Alphabet. His work appears regularly in many major magazines and newspapers including Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Victor lives in Stephentown, New York.
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Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
From A is for archaeologist to L is for legion and closing with Z is for Zama, readers will explore interesting information about ancient Rome as they go through the alphabet reading about Roman customs, law, and more. One part of the text that is located with the illustration introduces the letter, word, and topic. The other part of the text appears on the panels. On the S is for schooling page, there is a brief explanation that children in Rome attended school, but readers will find additional descriptions about what the Roman students studied and the materials they used in school in the sidebars. The layouts vary from page to page. The different locations of the panels seem to distract the flow; the text on the illustrations and the panels seem to compete for where the eye should move next. At the beginning of the book, students will find a map of the Roman Empire indicating its location in the world and its relation to current countries. Throughout the alphabet book, there are watercolors illustrations. Readers looking for specific information will need to browse the book because there is no table of contents or index. A downloadable teacher guide is available at the publisher's Web site. The book will draw readers' interest on a specific topic or area of ancient Roman history for further investigation. Other books in the "Sleeping Bear Alphabets" series examine different cultures. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585364572
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 3/26/2010
  • Series: Sleeping Bear Alphabets
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 460,887
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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