The Chinese: Life in China's Golden Age

The Chinese: Life in China's Golden Age

by Matt Doeden, Sam Hiti
     
 

The Chinese of the Tang dynasty are known for their beautiful silk cloth, but did you know that the Chinese invented fireworks? They also made the first printed books, and they created a large wooden machine that they pedaled to bring water to their crops. Find out what life was like in the ancient city of Chang'an during the Tang dynasty (618-907). In this book,

Overview

The Chinese of the Tang dynasty are known for their beautiful silk cloth, but did you know that the Chinese invented fireworks? They also made the first printed books, and they created a large wooden machine that they pedaled to bring water to their crops. Find out what life was like in the ancient city of Chang'an during the Tang dynasty (618-907). 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!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
Chang'an, known today as Xi'an, was the center of China's Golden Age from 618 to 907 CE. This era encompassed two impressive dynasties which oversaw an amazing array of advances in trade, inventions, and architecture. Broken into six chapters, this text targets those at a third grade reading level and does a very good job of covering a wide array of complex issues in a very appropriate and easily understood manner. The chapters cover a variety of topics, including life in Chang'an, Chinese religious beliefs, homes and temples, ideas and inventions, famous people, and echoes of this amazing empire that have survived into today's modern China. Readers will learn about the origin of fireworks, the meaning of the yin-yang symbol, the importance of silk to China's economy, and the lack of formal education for most of this era's children. Part of the "Life in Ancient Civilizations" series, this is a good resource for students studying the origins of many of the things we take for granted today. The illustrations, which mimic those of the period, but in an accessible, almost comic-book style, help bring the time period alive for today's young reader. Reviewer: Kris Sauer
School Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822586814
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
Life in Ancient Civilizations Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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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