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The Maya

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What is an ajaw? How were the Maya ruled? Why did the Maya civilization disappear? The Maya answers these questions and more. The books in the History Opens Windows series help you discover what life was like in ancient civilizations and other historic times. Learn what the Maya wore, what they ate, how they traveled from place to place, and find out how we know about them today.

Presents an overview of the Mayan culture, discussing their government, religion, ...

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Overview

What is an ajaw? How were the Maya ruled? Why did the Maya civilization disappear? The Maya answers these questions and more. The books in the History Opens Windows series help you discover what life was like in ancient civilizations and other historic times. Learn what the Maya wore, what they ate, how they traveled from place to place, and find out how we know about them today.

Presents an overview of the Mayan culture, discussing their government, religion, domestic life, recreation, occupations, entertainment, food, shelter, and clothing.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-6

These short, adequate presentations of three ancient cultures emphasize governance and material culture (clothing, crafts, architecture). The books do not cover the origins of the empires or try to explain how they became so powerful. Sentences are simple and clear, and illustrations (mostly photos of artifacts, but also many reproductions of period art, city plans, etc.) are relevant and captioned. However, given the richness of the subject matter and the ongoing research into these civilizations, one might hope for a bit more than "adequate." Look to the "National Geographic Investigates" series for more depth and immediacy, Ferdinand Anton's The Secret World of the Aztecs (Prestel, 2002) for the same information delivered through stories and art, or Anita Ganeri's heavily illustrated Ancient Maya (Compass Point, 2006) for more fleshed-out depictions of these fascinating societies.-Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432913380
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Series: History Opens Windows Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 690,823
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: IG790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

How Were the Maya Ruled? 6

City-States 8

Building a City 10

Religion 12

Ball Courts 14

Temples and Burials 16

War 18

Food and Farming 20

Trade and Work 22

Families and Clothing 24

Homes 26

Writing and Calendars 28

End of Empire 30

Glossary 31

Find Out More 31

Index 32

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