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From the Great Pyramid at Giza to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, recent and beautiful illustrations illuminate the wonder of these marvelous achievements of the ancient world. Compare with those wonders of both the modern and the natural world. Divided into distinct categories for ease of reference, this visually exciting book explores ancient sites, views the modern world's tallest building, and makes you marvel at nature's most miraculous creations — all with more than 50 specially commissioned illustrations ...
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Overview

From the Great Pyramid at Giza to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, recent and beautiful illustrations illuminate the wonder of these marvelous achievements of the ancient world. Compare with those wonders of both the modern and the natural world. Divided into distinct categories for ease of reference, this visually exciting book explores ancient sites, views the modern world's tallest building, and makes you marvel at nature's most miraculous creations — all with more than 50 specially commissioned illustrations including reconstructions, cross sections, maps, city plans, and useful timelines. With a clear, concise text, this invaluable reference is a wonder in itself.
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There are many pre-engineering wonders of the ancient world. Ten architectural wonders are explained in detail and in the context of similar projects, both earlier and later. As technological advances took place, the use of mathematics, materials science, physics, chemistry, and engineering analysis, led to even greater wonders extending beyond architecture. Profusely illustrated in the meticulous style of Dorling Kindersley, this guide is thoroughly infused with sidebar explanations that reinforce an appreciation and interest in the subject. An engaging prequel to today's technical world; a wonderful gift for an inquisitive young reader. 2000, DK Publishing, $19.95. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: M. Henebry SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
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This attractive overview features double-page spreads of color photos and illustrations depicting the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as well as modern wonders like the Channel Tunnel, the Empire State Building, and the space shuttle. Ash, author of such DK titles as The Top 10 of Everything, shows and tells how some of these wonders were constructed, too, with information on how the Great Pyramid at Giza and the Colossus of Rhodes were built, for instance. The title has DK's handsome trademark look, featuring exploded diagrams with detailed captions. Sidebars of "amazing facts" provide additional tidbits of information. In addition to the ancient wonders, there are two-page spreads on Wonders of Worship, Wonderful Palaces and Castles, Weird Wonders, Wonders of Engineering, Wonders of Transportation, Wonderful Inventions, Natural Wonders, and the Wonder of Seven. Fun for browsing and helpful for quick reference on the Seven Wonders, too. KLIATT Codes: JSA--Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2006, DK, 64p. illus. index., $10.99.. Ages 12 to adult.
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Gr 4-7-In a typical "Eyewitness"-series format, this visually appealing book discusses the seven wonders of the ancient world, comparing them to other ancient and modern technological marvels. There is a double-page spread devoted to a description of each structure, another providing related information and details on how it was built, and a third spread on similar constructions from different areas and cultures of the world. Highlighted "Amazing Facts" are included for each of the seven wonders, and short paragraphs and captions describe the many full-color photographs and illustrations. Unfortunately, the text's validity is weakened by the absence of a bibliography or any source documentation. While the author cautions that the goddess worshipped at the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus should not be confused with the Greek goddess of the same name, other books refute this distinction. Still, the book will be popular for browsing and the comparisons with other marvels from around the globe broaden its appeal.-Tracey Ansley, Cary Academy, NC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756619367
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/19/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.26 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2000

    This book was phoenomenal!

    It is a great book, filled with tons of awesome photos and great information. I recommend this book for history or Social Studies teachers!

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