The Roman News (History News Series)

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"These entertaining, deftly organized books will make terrific light-hearted additions to cirriculum units on ancient civilizations." — Publishers Weekly

Stop the presses! What if ancient civilizations had daily newspapers? And they were amusing and compellingly informative? They might just look like this innovative series of historical nonfiction, presented in a unique, kid-friendly format.

A "special edition" of a Roman newspaper...

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Overview

"These entertaining, deftly organized books will make terrific light-hearted additions to cirriculum units on ancient civilizations." — Publishers Weekly

Stop the presses! What if ancient civilizations had daily newspapers? And they were amusing and compellingly informative? They might just look like this innovative series of historical nonfiction, presented in a unique, kid-friendly format.

A "special edition" of a Roman newspaper containing articles about Roman history, politics, religion, fashion, food, and daily life, spanning the years of the Roman Empire from 753 B.C. to 476 A.D.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Were correspondents to travel back in time to Ancient Rome, their reports might read like "Good Slave Guide," "The Best Gods?" "Fantastic Feasts!" "Rome, a Visitor's Guide," "Empire or Republic," and other articles in Phillip De Souza and Andrew Langley's The Roman News. With his "greatest newspaper in civilization" as a guide, students could take a break from straightforward reports and comment on fashion, food, or any other facet of Roman life from the perspective of a 20th-century daily-news reporter. -- Children's Literature
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Written and illustrated as a retrospective collection of news articles, The Roman News offers a very different look at Roman history. Significant events in Roman history are written as newspaper accounts, using a current, informal writing style that is easy for children to understand. The founding of Rome, the murder of Caesar, and the destruction of Pompeii are just a few of the newsworthy events included, but the authors also include a look at the Colosseum and gladiators in the "sporting news" section, as well as offering a religious section, women's pages, and ads for Roman baths at the end of the text. The illustrations are full-color drawings that are somewhat reminiscent of illustrations that would be found in articles in current newspapers. Brief ads throughout the text offer an additional glimpse into the topic being discussed and present a fun look at Roman life by putting it into terms that children can easily understand. The text is overtly simple and can offer a humorous look at Roman history, but is not suitable for anything more than an interesting glimpse at Roman history. The text is part of the "History News" series. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up. Browsable reads to whet the appetite. The "editors" (authors) of these two volumes have hit upon a unifying theme to chronicle the accomplishments of the ancients-a newspaper style. The Roman News and The Greek News are not exactly major city dailies; their format is more suggestive of a news magazine or at least a Sunday section highlighting fashion, sports, trade, food, and the military. Each page presents readable articles complete with headlines, boldface, column breaks, illustrations, and, often classifieds: instruments for sale; racing chariots built to order; reusable wax tablets. The front page (book cover) suggests a scope of approximately 1200 years, and the rise and fall of each empire is explained. A publisher's disclaimer also cautions that the ancients did not have newspapers (of course, they didn't even have paper!), but if they had, "they would have been reading...." Similar comments dart in and out of the news stories so that the entire tone is more human interest than ready reference. Such editorializing, however, only slightly distracts from the facts, which are accurate. Significant dates and events are all newsworthy. "Olympic Games Spoiled," "Caesar Stabbed," and "Hannibal Invades" are typical stories. The slightly oversized pages with decorative borders, sidebars, ads, and cartoons create an interesting layout. Many teachers would probably rejoice with the delivery of The Greek or Roman News as a project for a social-studies or whole-language unit. Kids can adopt this highly readable, albeit slightly sensationalized journalistic style.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763641993
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/10/2009
  • Series: History News Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 494,422
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Langley, the author of many nonfiction books for children and adults, believes that "children's nonfiction should be exciting as well as informative, allowing for some free rein to the imagination."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2000

    The Roman News

    I enjoyed this book a lot. It covers a wide range of topics and is therefore especially useful for researching students. But its also great to just read for fun.

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