The Real Vikings: Craftsmen, Traders, and Fearsome Raiders

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Children's Literature
Viking 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.
— Patricia Silverberg
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Chock-full of color maps and photographs of artifacts and historical locales, this book offers a lively, highly readable introduction to the Vikings, beginning with their attack on Lindisfarne in 793 and ending, in 1066, with William the Conqueror. Myths about the ruthlessness of the Norsemen are dispelled without glossing over the violence that did take place. The lasting impact of Viking culture, including the ideals of equality and democracy, may be surprising to some readers. While covering much the same material as Hazel Mary Martell's What Do We Know about the Vikings? (Peter Bedrick, 1992) and Susan M. Margeson's Viking (DK, 2000), this offering is more fluid. It is a solid springboard to further research.-Rita Hunt Smith, Hershey Public Library, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792251323
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.55 (w) x 10.59 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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