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Children's LiteratureThe 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