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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: 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