Children's LiteratureViking seafarers wandered through much of Europe and parts of Asia and North America. These raiders and traders came from the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Sweden and Norway, and were feared by many in coastal areas. Their long ships were very maneuverable and could get close to shore. Vikings were fierce fighters and valued their weapons, mainly swords and axes. Some villages opted to pay Danegold, large sums of money, to the Vikings to buy off their attackers. Eventually, some of the raiders colonized the lands they attacked. With a focus on Vikings as a fighting force, readers can get a glimpse of history from a warrior's viewpoint. Colorful maps and drawings add meaning to the text. As part of the "Armies of the Past" series, Viking warriors and their historical impact are examined. Gravett's book would be useful in a social studies curriculum. 2001, Franklin Watts/Grolier, $23.00 and $9.75. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Laura Hummel AGES: 8 9 10 11 12
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-7-These books are designed to give a brief picture of soldiers, their weapons, and military strategies in particular eras and geographic locations, including a highly condensed description of their world at that time. Similar in scope to Martin Windrow's "The Soldier through the Ages" series (Watts; o.p.), they are far less detailed than Peter Connolly's fine The Greek Armies (Silver Burdett, 1979; o.p.) or his Tiberius Claudius Maximus (Oxford, 1989; o.p.), and they are fragmented by the all-too-familiar facing-page "chapters." The volumes on World Wars I and II are more detailed in that they cover specific conflicts. However, all five of these colorful constructions will catch the eye, provide some necessary information for young researchers, and plump up a slender bibliography. Heavily illustrated and with numerous captions, each title includes a map with a brief time line. Academically undemanding, and suffering in spots from oversimplification, these books could brighten up the drab 355s and provide some fresh fodder for military-minded report writers.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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