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Children's LiteratureEight hundred years ago the Aztec civilization thrived and lasted just three centuries, before being destroyed by Cortes and his army. In this title Aztec homes, ruling system, food, society's ways, religion, sacrificial rituals, wars, and leisure time are covered—as well as the fascinating pictographs form of language and books called codices. "Growing Up Aztec" provides a snapshot of the lives of older children. Guided by a handy "how to use this book" introduction, readers will discover a wealth of information on each glossy page, with colorful pictures, several subject sub-topics, glossary words and a case study pertaining to each topic. Sources of information are also cited on each page, as well as cross-references to other parts of the book. There is both an index and an Aztec time line at the back. This is a very useful reference book for young report writers, or readers who are curious about this important civilization. The series, "Historic Civilizations," explores the origins and the daily life of people of distant cultures. 2005, Gareth Stevens, Ages 10 up.