Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

by Mary Hoffman, M. P. Robertson
     
 

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In this exciting tour of the ancient world, Callimachus, Royal Librarian of Alexandria, is researching a new book and decides to take his young apprentice Philip on his Mediterranean journey. As Philip marvels at the most breathtaking and beautiful buildings, gardens, and statues ever built — at Giza, Babylon, Olympia, Ephesus, Halicarnassus, and Rhodes, he…  See more details below

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In this exciting tour of the ancient world, Callimachus, Royal Librarian of Alexandria, is researching a new book and decides to take his young apprentice Philip on his Mediterranean journey. As Philip marvels at the most breathtaking and beautiful buildings, gardens, and statues ever built — at Giza, Babylon, Olympia, Ephesus, Halicarnassus, and Rhodes, he knows that he will remember this trip for the rest of his life. But when they sail home to Alexandria, there is one more surprise waiting. Mary Hoffman's storytelling, based on the latest research, blends with M.P. Robertson's creative reconstructions in this inspiring introduction to the ancient wonders.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Told as a story passed from Callimachus, the librarian at Alexandria (a bona-fide person, circa 310 B.C.E.), to his young servant Philip (a fictitious character) as they travel to five of the seven sites, this narrative bends and twists as a conversation between the learned elder and the young initiate. And so readers learn of the ancient marvels a bit subjectively and at times with childlike awe. For this reason, the book is more suited to recreational reading than for extracting information, or as a pleasing depiction to begin a unit or spark family or class discussion. A map of the ancient world with the wonders identified is included and an afterword gives basic factual summaries of all seven sites. The pages are decorated with small, serpentinelike borders that lend an older air, and watercolor illustrations reconstruct each wonder with an eye to majesty. More direct versions include Diane Bentley's Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (Oxford, 2002) and Lynn Curlee's Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (Atheneum, 2002), which offers a "legend" comparing the scale of the wonders to the U.S. Capitol building and the Statue of Liberty.-Harriett Fargnoli, Great Neck Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781845071561
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
04/09/2004
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 Years

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