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Lost Cities
     

Lost Cities

by Natalie Lunis
 

Normally, cities are busy, lively places. People work, play, raise families, and travel back and forth within them. How, then, can an entire city become lost? Some cities disappear when they are destroyed by a disaster, such as an earthquake or a flood. Others empty out when the industry that gave them their start shuts down. Still others are lost for reasons that

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Normally, cities are busy, lively places. People work, play, raise families, and travel back and forth within them. How, then, can an entire city become lost? Some cities disappear when they are destroyed by a disaster, such as an earthquake or a flood. Others empty out when the industry that gave them their start shuts down. Still others are lost for reasons that are largely unknown. Among the 11 lost cities in this book, you will visit an abandoned city in constant danger of sliding down a rocky cliff, a town that was buried by a desert, and a city that disappeared when it was flooded-on purpose!

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Children's Literature - Leona Illig
This book presents legends, superstitions, and scientific facts about eleven of civilization's "lost" cities and cultures, including Troy, in present-day Turkey; Lubaantun, Belize; Craco, Italy; Kolmanskop, Namibia; San Zhi, Taiwan; and Old Adaminaby, Australia. The book also describes the city of Pripyat, Ukraine, which emptied following the disaster at the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, and it concludes with the ever-popular legend of the lost city of Atlantis. Part of the "Scary Places" series, this book contains a map of the world, a glossary, a bibliography, a list of books for additional reading, a list of related online resources, an index, and a brief description of the author. The illustrations are large and well done. The problem with this book, like many television docudramas, is that it tries to popularize history and science. What it ends up doing is blurring the lines between fact and fiction. In this book, superstitious claims are sometimes indistinguishable from scientific data, and the effort to entertain the reader often comes at the expense of empirical evidence. It is regrettable that publishers think children will be more attracted to claims about spirits, ghosts, crystal skulls, and Greek gods, when the science of lost cities and civilizations is so engrossing. The identity crisis of this book—does it want to entertain with legends, or let science answer fascinating questions?—ultimately detracts from its value. Reviewer: Leona Illig

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617725678
Publisher:
Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Series:
Scary Places Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
IG1060L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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