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The Vikings

The Vikings

by Tristan Boyer Binns, Ross Watton (Illustrator)

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Introduces the world of the Vikings, including their history and explorations, along with their daily lives and culture.


Introduces the world of the Vikings, including their history and explorations, along with their daily lives and culture.

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Children's Literature
The rich culture of the Vikings is described in this picture book. After a brief introduction to where and when the Vikings lived, Binns describes their basic sociological structure. Then, family life and what were expected of men, women, and children is explained. The two main areas of Viking life (farms and ships) are also described in detail. Major parts of Viking life, such as exploring, attacking, trading, and making crafts are also detailed. The Viking pantheon is described, along with various things the Vikings did to honor the gods, such as making jewelry and having festivals. The final fate of the Vikings, both of an individual and as a culture, is described in the last chapter. While the book is rather thin in terms of photographs, the illustrations do a good job of portraying Viking life and culture. 2005, Compass Point Books/Capstone Press, Ages 7 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Illustrated spreads highlight various aspects of each civilization, including people and customs (both the rich and the poor), occupations, religion, the military, clothing, family life, etc. The brief descriptions can be choppy-"Women ran the households. Children didn't go to school." Sidebars and informative pictures help clarify particular points throughout the texts. While the maps provide a geographical context invaluable to newcomers, there are some inaccuracies; for example, Ireland is labeled Great Britain on one map, and another combines Roman place names like Gaul with modern ones like Germany and Italy. The books tend to feature breadth over depth, eliminating or glossing over the kinds of things that would hook young readers, like gory specifics about Viking raids or Mayan sacrifices. Browsers will come away with a fundamental understanding of each civilization, but serious students may need more. Series such as "You Wouldn't Want To-" (Watts) or the "Eyewitness" books (DK) better engage readers at this age level, with both interesting tidbits and eye-catching graphics.-Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Ancient Civilizations Series
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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