The Iceman

The Iceman

by Don Lessem
     
 

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Illus. with full-color photos and diagrams. Science writer Don Lessem recounts the discovery, excavation, and study of the mummified body of a 5,000-year-old man, discovered by a couple hiking near the border between Austria and Italy. By studying the Iceman's clothes, equipment, and even some of his food, scientists were able to piece together an unprecedented… See more details below

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Illus. with full-color photos and diagrams. Science writer Don Lessem recounts the discovery, excavation, and study of the mummified body of a 5,000-year-old man, discovered by a couple hiking near the border between Austria and Italy. By studying the Iceman's clothes, equipment, and even some of his food, scientists were able to piece together an unprecedented picture of prehistoric life. Full-color photographs show the well-preserved mummy, and specially commissioned artwork reconstructs his appearance.

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Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Hand youngsters Don Lessem's The Iceman for a riveting view of the 5000-year-old mummy discovered near the border of Italy and Austria in 1991. Readers will be held spellbound by Mr. Lessem's narrative, the color photographs of the body, tools, weapons and other artifacts, their excavation, and the reconstructed head and drawings that portray the man and his village as they may have been more than 5000 years ago.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This book details the discovery, excavation, and study of the mummified remains of a prehistoric man found in the mountains on the border between Austria and Italy. The text is enriched with full-color photographs of the mummy and with black-and-white and full-color illustrations that show how the man probably looked and lived more than 5,000 years ago. Side boxes add extra information, explaining how the body was preserved until a combination of the right weather conditions and luck permitted it to be found; how the remains were carbon dated; and how scientists established the man's age at time of death. Lessem speculates about the Iceman's motives, feelings, trading abilities, and about the events that led to his untimely-but for archeologists, fortuitous-demise. A welcome addition.-Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin
Ilene Cooper
You won't have any trouble selling this one--not when kids see the picture of the mummified head on the front cover. This fascinating book brings recent headlines to the middle grades as it tells the story of a 5,300-year-old man found frozen with his clothes, tools, and weapons in an Alpine glacier. Lessem begins with the day in 1991 when two hikers find a hairless figure they assume is an abandoned doll--until they notice the hole in the back of its skull. The discovery initiates an excavation and investigation that has resulted in unprecedented knowledge of life in Copper-Age Europe. The text, written in a lively style, describes the mummy and his possessions in great detail, as well as the scientific methods used to gather information. The artwork is a combination of photographs and crisp, full-color illustrations. Although the drawings do not have the same power as the photos, they give readers a good idea of what the man looked like and wore. There is even a startling full-page close-up of the man's head, a model made using measurements and X rays of the skull. The oversize format is attractive and cleanly designed, making this appealing to browsers and students alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517595978
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/01/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

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