Living in the Middle Ages

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School Library Journal

Gr 6-10

These volumes provide overviews of the civilizations, a time line, a topographical map, and a satellite photograph. The chapters that follow are chock-full of information on class structure, political life, social customs, and daily habits, but not all of the claims can be proven. For example, Egypt states that the civilization's wall paintings show how "...of all the ancient cultures, Egyptians were the most fun," casting doubt on how well researched the text might be. Additionally, the books have no citations or bibliographies, and because entries are written in the present tense, readers may confuse the periods of the various civilizations. The distinct differences that existed, for example, between the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire are lost. The colorful illustrations show the houses, towns, and markets in detail, but the quality of these and of the artifact photos do not redeem the texts. There are many better books on all of these topics.-Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816063413
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Series: Living in the Ancient World Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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