The Emperor's Army

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"This book explains to children why the terra-cotta warriors were made and buried while demonstrating the value of an education. Author Virginia Pilegard breathes life into Chinese history, and Adrian Tans' well-researched paintings add vitality to this outstanding children's book."
-Angelica Carpenter, curator, Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature

"Once again, Virginia Pilegard perfectly blends history and mathematics."
-Jonathan Dueck, mathematics coordinator, Fresno County ...

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Overview

[Front Flap]

"This book explains to children why the terra-cotta warriors were made and buried while demonstrating the value of an education. Author Virginia Pilegard breathes life into Chinese history, and Adrian Tans' well-researched paintings add vitality to this outstanding children's book."
-Angelica Carpenter, curator, Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature

"Once again, Virginia Pilegard perfectly blends history and mathematics."
-Jonathan Dueck, mathematics coordinator, Fresno County Office of Education

During the rule of China's first emperor, a wise scholar and his young son spend their time studying and reading books. But their carefree days suddenly come to an end. As academic books are burned and skilled artists disappear, the young boy begins to suspect that the emperor may be behind these atrocities.
His suspicions are confirmed when he stumbles upon a mighty army of statues. Each clay statue is adorned with brightly colored clothes and armed with gleaming weapons of the finest alloy. With help from his father and an exercise in mathematics, the inquisitive boy unearths the mystery of the terra-cotta militia.
Offering a mathematics lesson and a recipe for creating clay figurines, this children's book masterfully infuses education with a page-turning plot. Illustrations inspired by ancient China will ignite the imaginations of young readers.

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Through knowledge gleaned from extensive research and trips to China, Virginia Walton Pilegard successfully lends authenticity to this children's book. A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the California Reading Association, and the California Mathematics Council, she is the author of the critically acclaimed Warlord's Series, which includes The Warlord's Alarm, The Warlord's Fish, The Warlord's Kites, The Warlord's Messengers, The Warlord's Puppeteers, The Warlord's Puzzle, and The Warlord's Beads. The latter two books were Book Sense 76 selections in 2000 and 2001, respectively. Pilegard lives in California.
Adrian Tans is the illustrator of Pelican's Pirate Treasure Hunt!, Witches' Night Before Halloween, and Kick the Cowboy. His stunning artwork has been displayed in a variety of venues. Tans resides in Woodstock, Vermont, with his family.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589806900
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/21/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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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