Life in Ancient China

Life in Ancient China

by Paul Challen
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

See more details below

  • Checkmark Kids' Club Eligible  Shop Now

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Life in Ancient China is a life unknown to most of us. This book, part of the "Peoples of the Ancient World" series, has short tidbits about many parts of China's exotic past, along with numerous illustrations and photos. We dip into the Land of Dragons, visit the Middle Kingdom and meet the Sons of Heaven. We learn when paper was invented, and fireworks. Each topic has its own chapter and most chapters are two pages. The book includes a history of the Great Wall—it was first made out of wood—and explains how the Chinese dynasties changed. However, there is actually very little explanation of the daily life of the vast majority of the ancient Chinese—although food distribution in various societal classes is discussed. As part of a series, it would be nice to be able to compare peasants and nobles across cultures. The book is a useful reference but not likely to be used widely for casual reading. Back matter includes a glossary and an index. 2005, Crabtree Publishing World, Ages 8 to 12.
—Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Each text provides background on the history, geography, rulers, people, life, arts, culture, and eventual fate of each civilization. However, the chapter titles do not always provide enough clues as to the complete scope of the section. The subheadings that divide the material into short, manageable segments are more helpful. Readers may need to skim each chapter spread, noting the subheading, to locate needed information. The pages are full of colorful photographs, illustrations, time lines, artwork, and diagrams complete with well-written captions. The texts offer more information than textbooks, but still do not delve deeply enough into each civilization to provide information for more than a simple report. However, the visual artifacts from each civilization are sure to interest students. None of the books includes a bibliography. The same information can be found in Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, and Aztec, Inca, and Maya (all DK, 2000) in the "Eyewitness" series.-Anne L. Tormohlen, Deerfield Elementary School, Lawrence, KS Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778720676
Publisher:
Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Series:
Crabtree Peoples of the Ancient World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
729,160
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
IG1030L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >