Children's LiteratureViking facts and fiction are presented to show a true picture of this ancient culture. While the book highlights the traditional warfaring views, the everyday lives of these Scandinavian people are revealed. Readers will lean what Vikings wore and what they ate. Viking pastimes, such as chess and skiing, are discussed. Viking history and religious beliefs are also presented, including craftsmanship relating to the famous Viking boats and the legends of Thor and Valhalla. The influences of the ancient culture on modern American culture are also touched upon, bringing the two worlds together. This chapter book is rich in photographs, maps and drawings that really do complement the content. It also has a resource page with Web sites, further readings and an authors' bibliography. In terms of curriculum studies, the book would be excellent for exploration of ancient cultures as well as world history. 2003, National Geographic Society, Ages 10 to 14.