Mazes Around the World

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Puzzling and mysterious, mazes and labyrinths have fascinated people around the world for centuries.

From England to Egypt, Greece to South Africa and beyond, travel on an exciting journey as you discover the secrets of these intriguing patterns. In this book you'll learn about the many varieties of mazes, from stone to hedge to turf, and you'll hear about the legends surrounding some of the most famous labyrinths of all time.

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Overview

Puzzling and mysterious, mazes and labyrinths have fascinated people around the world for centuries.

From England to Egypt, Greece to South Africa and beyond, travel on an exciting journey as you discover the secrets of these intriguing patterns. In this book you'll learn about the many varieties of mazes, from stone to hedge to turf, and you'll hear about the legends surrounding some of the most famous labyrinths of all time.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 8 to 12.

This informational book offers wonderful connections between math, history, and culture as it explores the ever-fascinating topic of mazes. The book takes a historical approach, beginning with ancient Egypt and reaching into the present with North American and South African plant mazes. Each two- page spread includes a full page explanation of each type of maze, faced by a full color illustration. Lankford's exploration packs in a great deal of information about the way each maze was constructed, along with indications of what cultural meaning it had. Dugan's warm, colored pictures showing humans finding their way through each maze will help children picture how the path was shaped; at the same time, the background and clothing of the walkers helps establish the setting. The bibliography at the end of the book lists books that are more scholarly than most middle-schoolers could manage. It might have been a good idea to list some web references, though the Internet savvy probably will be sufficiently intrigued to start googling on their own. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry

Kirkus Reviews
The tradition of mazes and labyrinths hearkens back to ancient times, and a multitude of examples can be found throughout the world, made from a range of materials and serving a variety of purposes. This absorbing picture book travels to Western Europe, Africa and the Americas, detailing and illustrating the locations, construction and uses of the various mazes. Mazes discussed include the Egyptian Labyrinth, which was built of stone more than 2,000 years ago to cover funeral vaults; the tile mazes of France, which substituted for pilgrimages; the labyrinth patterns used on some Native American baskets and carvings, which convey mythological elements; and South Africa's modern hedge maze, which features a cornucopia of plants and depicts local folktales. Lankford, maven of multicultural entertainments, surveys many historical and current examples and provides fascinating snippets of information on each one. Colorful illustrations depict the different mazes in action and highlight both differences and similarities. Includes an author's note, mazes to unravel (with a finger rather than a pencil) and additional maze-related information. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)
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“Offers an engaging account...this well-researched, accessible book explores a topic with inherent child appeal.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688165208
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary D. Lankford is the former director of library services for the Texas Education Agency and has received many awards, among them the Texas Library Association Distinguished Service Award. The author of informational books for children, including Christmas USA, Christmas Around the World, and Jacks Around the World, she travels across the country conducting workshops on libraries and children's literature. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Karen Dugan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Parsons School of Design. Her artwork has been called "warm" (ALA Booklist) and "vibrant" (The Horn Book) and has appeared in publications such as Cricket magazine. Books she has illustrated include Mr. Tuggle's Troubles and Mary D. Lankford's Christmas USA. She lives in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

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