The Vikings

The Vikings

by Neil Grant
     
 

More than 1,000 years ago, the Vikings were the most powerful people in Europe. Their homeland was Scandinavia—the countries we know as Denmark, Sweden, and Norway—but their search for more land and trade made them into great travelers and explorers. In this volume, Neil Grant explores and explains the Viking world, devoting each double-page spread to a

Overview

More than 1,000 years ago, the Vikings were the most powerful people in Europe. Their homeland was Scandinavia—the countries we know as Denmark, Sweden, and Norway—but their search for more land and trade made them into great travelers and explorers. In this volume, Neil Grant explores and explains the Viking world, devoting each double-page spread to a particular aspect of life in Viking times. From farming and religion to ships, navigation, and war, Vikings provides a complete picture of life during this fascinating period.

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"Make[s] generous use of colorful, attractive illustrations and... succinctly written texts.... [This] eye-appealing package will be [a] useful introduction,"—School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Tina Hudak
An addition to the "Spotlights" series, this title introduces the Viking world. Each of the eighteen chapters is devoted to an aspect of this society including "Farms and Farmers," "War and Conquest," "Home Life" and more. The introduction offers a brief overview of the Vikings and demonstrates how each chapter should be read by providing a graphic explaining the page's components. The writing style is factual; the sentence structure is short and concise. The pages are divided into two sections: the upper two-thirds consists of an informational paragraph on the topic with an appropriate dominant illustration, including several maps; the bottom third consists of a series of small visuals along with brief captions that provide information about relevant sub-topics. Seven illustrators contributed, yet the drawing styles are compatible and integrate well. There is a glossary with cross-references and an extensive index. The glossary terms are not highlighted, and this may be due to the brevity of text on the main pages. A useful book for any elementary school library that packs in a lot of information at an affordable price.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-These series entries make generous use of colorful, attractive illustrations and have succinctly written texts. The many drawings show artifacts, architecture, domestic scenes, and some simple maps. Grant introduces the community and home life of the Vikings, their customs and culture, trade, exploration and conquests, and arts and crafts. Hazel Mary Martell's Everyday Life in Viking Times (Watts, 1994) is similar in scope. McNeill includes topics such as social structure and education during the Middle Ages and describes castle, monastic, and country life. Andrew Langley's Medieval Life (Knopf, 1996) offers similar background material and includes many photographs of artifacts and costumes. Neither Grant nor McNeill provide enough information for reports, but the eye-appealing packages will be useful introductions.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195213935
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Series:
Spotlights Series
Edition description:
BOARD
Pages:
46
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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