AGERANGE: Ages 8 to 14.
Staring at Stone Age cave drawings of human hands and of warriors hunting game one can be transfixed by the notion of the elemental humanness of those actions. Thousands of years ago our ancestors stood in a fire lit cave and took the time to record their ideas and images of their lives. What could be more human? Now, in Charlotte Hurdman's illustrated book, youngsters can both revisit some of the key aspects of the Stone Age and take part in related activities. In this engaging work Hurdman combines a thematic presentation of salient facts regarding this distant era of human development with activities designed to enhance understanding. For example, youngsters who read this book will be given illustrated instructions related to completing a Neolithic painting, crafting a period work of art, or developing a Stone Age tool. In this way Hurdman presents youngsters with both a history lesson and hands on experiences that will amplify the fascinating content of this well-written work. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck