The Emperor's Army

The Emperor's Army

by Virginia Pilegard
     
 

Many years ago, a scholar and his son lived in the palace of China's first emperor. They discovered that the emperor was having a mysterious, giant hole dug. In this story, young readers will learn about the famous underground terra-cotta army that the emperor had made to guard his grave.

Overview

Many years ago, a scholar and his son lived in the palace of China's first emperor. They discovered that the emperor was having a mysterious, giant hole dug. In this story, young readers will learn about the famous underground terra-cotta army that the emperor had made to guard his grave.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—This story of a scholarly father and his son during the rise of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, includes beautiful oil paintings. The father and son leave the city to protect the man's books when the emperor orders all scholarly books to be burned, and the boy is sent to the marketplace to spy on what is going on. He discovers that thousands of workers are building an army of clay soldiers. This information is valuable for the outcasts who are planning an attack to overthrow the ruler. The character development is minimal and the plot is confusing, with little excitement or direct action. The full-page, often full-spread paintings add much meaning and clarification to the story. The darkness of the fear, the methods of measurement the boy uses, and the lightness of their new life in the end are all apparent in the art. While mathematics are included in measurements and estimations that the boy makes while visiting the clay pits, the fascinating part of the story is the information about the terra-cotta army, the psychological use of the statues, and the actual weapons employed against the rulers by the peasants. The bravery of the boy is enhanced by the visualization of his size compared to the rough peasant army. The book includes an interesting historical note about the discovery of the terra-cotta soldiers in 1974 and directions for making small clay soldiers.—Erlene Bishop Killeen, Stroughton Area School District, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589806900
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/21/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Virginia Walton Pilegard wrote The Warlord's Puzzle as part of a teaching unit that uses informal geometry to strengthen students' visual learning abilities. Mrs. Pilegard studied elementary mathematics and completed both a B.A. and M.A. in Education. She then went on to teach elementary grades and in juvenile correction schools.

Adrian Tans is an accomplished artist who also enjoys traveling. He is the illustrator of Pelican's Pirate Treasure Hunt!, Witches' Night Before Halloween, and Kick the Cowboy. Tans lives in Woodstock, Vermont.

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