The Aztecs: Life in Tenochtitlan

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The Aztecs are known for their large stone temples, but did you also know that the Aztecs were one of the first cultures to make a chocolate drink? They also made clothing from cactus fibers, and they sacrificed humans to please their gods. Find out more about what life was like in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. In this book, you'll learn about people's daily activities, religion, buildings, inventions, and leaders. Photographs and vivid comic-style illustrations help bring ...

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Overview

The Aztecs are known for their large stone temples, but did you also know that the Aztecs were one of the first cultures to make a chocolate drink? They also made clothing from cactus fibers, and they sacrificed humans to please their gods. Find out more about what life was like in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. In this book, you'll learn about people's daily activities, religion, buildings, inventions, and leaders. Photographs and vivid comic-style illustrations help bring this culture to life!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
Mexico City stands where the large ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan once was located from about 1325 to 1521. The Aztecs were divided into separate groups or classes, nobles, commoners, and slaves. Those in the noble class had the best homes and clothing. The men who were commoners worked as farmers or traders while the women took care of the home and children. The nobles and common people had separate schools for their children. Most of the slaves, who had been captured in wars, worked for the nobles. The Aztecs studied astronomy, made paper from the bark of fig trees, and created printed works called codices. Pictures and symbols, called pictographs, represented words. They also sacrificed humans to please their many gods. When Hernan Cortes and his Spanish explorers came to Tenochtitlan, this invasion brought the Aztec Empire to an end. Much of the history of the Aztecs disappeared after these explorers destroyed the symbols of the Aztec culture. The book is divided into chapters covering Living in Tenochtitlan, Religion, Inside the City, Ideas and Inventions, Ruling the Empire, and Echoes of the Aztecs. The book includes a timeline, a pronunciation guide, a glossary, a further reading section, and a list of websites and sources for additional information. A comprehensive index provides navigation for topics in the book. The artist, Samuel Hiti, brings this ancient culture to life with photographs and vivid comic-style illustrations. This history about the Aztecs is part of the series, "Life in Ancient Civilizations." Other titles include The Babylonians: Life in Ancient Babylon; The Chinese: Life in China's Golden Age; The Egyptians: Life in Ancient Egypt; The Greeks: Life inAncient Greece; and The Romans: Life in Ancient Rome. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
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Gr 3-6–Marked by beautiful, vividly colored, comic-book-style illustrations and well-chosen color photos of artifacts, these books explore the milieu of these culturally rich civilizations in six chapters that stylishly cover daily life, religion, government, ideas and inventions, and important people. Conversationally toned, brief chapters and informative captions will appeal to report writers searching for information on subjects such as Aztec festivals, Chinese religions, and Greek government. Along the way readers will encounter great leaders from King Hammurabi to Akhenaton and learn how each civilization influences the present. Each work begins with a handy map and introduction and concludes with a time line and pronunciation guide. While short on specifics, this series is sure to sustain readers’ interest while introducing them to historical concepts with which they may be unfamiliar.
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Meet the Author

Matt Doeden is a writer and editor who lives in New Prague, Minnesota. After earning degrees in journalism and psychology from Minnesota State University-Mankato, he began his career as a sports writer. Since then, he's spent nearly a decade writing and editing high-interest nonfiction, with more than fifty titles to his name on topics that range from extreme sports to military equipment to graphic novels. His titles include Tiger Woods, Dale Earnhardt Jr.,Lance Armstrong,Crazy Cars and Lowriders. Samuel Hiti is an independent author and illustrator of comic books. His work includes the comic book series Tiempos Finales and Nickelodeon Magazine's comics adaptation of the film Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Much of his work has been published by his own publishing company, La Luz Comics. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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