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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
If you have ever watched the classic Disney movie Mulan you may remember the cartoon images of Mongol warriors drawn as gigantic, merciless, and distorted fighting machines. In reality, as Helget presents in this title from the illustrated "Fearsome Fighters" series, the Mongols were far more complex than that cartoonish presentation. As the author of this informative book notes, the Mongols were a warrior and nomadic people. The environment that Mongolian clans lived in was a harsh and vast one indeed. The sometimes bitter weather linked to seemingly everlasting tribal conflict helped shape the Mongolian people as tough fighters living in a horse culture. Then, under the leadership of the Kublai Khan, the Mongols united and became a seemingly unstoppable force of conquest. As Helget points out, over a period of decades and centuries, Mongol armies swept across the globe. Eventually, these fierce warriors conquered China, Russia, much of the Middle East, and portions of Europe. Over time, the tide of Mongol conquest withdrew and the mounted warriors returned to their Asian homeland. In their wake were the after effects of centuries of war. In this fascinating book readers will learn the history of these Mongol conquests as well as meeting some of the all-powerful Khans that engineered them. This story is one filled with drama, violence, and powerful personalities. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—With their intriguing subject matter and colorful illustrations, these books will grab readers. All have the same structure, making it easy to compare the various groups, but they don't read like formulaic titles. Rather, each one covers the beginnings of the people, weaponry, war tactics, and famous leaders, and examines the current perception of the group in popular culture in an appealing, detailed, and evenhanded manner. Historical reproductions, primary documents, photographs, maps, and film stills appear throughout these colorful, engaging explorations of history. Readers will learn about propaganda (a "barbarian" is anyone not Greek or Roman, making it clear who wrote the history books), innovation (Mongol women wove silk cloth strong enough to be used as armor), and how to get past the stereotypes and get at the facts of who these people were and why they were driven to fight. Solid additions.—Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608181841
  • Publisher: Creative Company, The
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Series: Fearsome Fighters Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: NC1320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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