Over one thousand years before the pharaohs built themselves monumental tombs filled with the makings of a luxurious afterlife, China's first emperor had an approximately 8,000-piece, life-size, model army made to accompany him in his tomb. In 1974, two farmers in China's Shaanxi Province accidentally unearthed the fabulous Terra Cotta Army of Emperor Qin. Youngsters reading about ancient Egypt will find the similarities and differences between the emperor and pharaohs fascinating. Caroline Lazo reveals what we know about the military genius who united China and built the great wall as well as what archaeologists have so far unearthed-the tomb itself will not be reached for years. Color photographs of the diggings illustrate.