Reviews for Pompeii

Booklist Reviews 2007 October #2
*Starred Review* Through the story of one house in one city, this handsome, jacketed book introduces young readers to Italy's tumultuous history, beginning in 750 CE, when a farmer builds a humble, thatched-roof hut on a street that, through time, becomes part of bustling Pompeii. Precise, detailed color illustrations dominate each spread, documenting the changes each new date brings, from advances in architecture, shown in cutaway views, to the political turmoil when Roman soldiers overtake the formerly agrarian community. After a spread that shows the tragic 79 CE eruption of Vesuvius, subsequent pages illuminate the excavation history of the site, introducing readers to the progression of archaeological techniques. Throughout, an urn symbol helps readers follow the same house through the pages. Short paragraphs include sensory impressions that lend immediacy (The yard outside smells of ripe olives), and numerous captions add more information, such as typical meals, how residential rooms were arranged and used, fashions, and social friction among slaves, soldiers, aristocrats, and businessmen. Multiple time lines, maps, and a glossary extend this well-designed, captivating entry in the Through Time series, reminiscent of many offerings published by DK, that will attract browsers and find wide use across the curriculum. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring
This book traces Pompeii's history, from its beginnings as a collection of huts through its apex as a Roman colony culminating in its modern iteration as a tourist destination. The search-and-find aspect--focusing on one ever-evolving house--requires a high level of commitment from readers. Each double-page spread includes an illustration crowded by main text, captions, and annotations. Timeline. Glos., ind. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 October #1
A pair of books shed light on the famous and doomed Mediterranean city. Through Time: Pompeii by Richard Platt, illus. by Manuela Cappon, offers comprehensive information and detailed illustrations of the city, as huts become farms and farms give way to a prosperous urban area. The book then chronicles the town's history from its destruction with Mount Vesuvius's devastating eruption to its popularity as a tourist attraction centuries later. (Kingfisher, $16.95 48p ages 6-10 ISBN 9780-753-46044-3; Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 March

Gr 3-6-- This slim volume focuses on Pompeii's history rather than on the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Starting with the image of a single hut, the author describes the growth of the city from a small group of farms from 750 B.C. to a bustling metropolis at the time of the disaster. Chapters include "The house at its peak A.D. 60," "The eruption A.D. 79," and "Forgotten Pompeii A.D. 1689." The final spread, "Romantic ruins Today," brings the chronology up-to-date. Two time lines give readers a visual perspective of the city as it changes. Small, detailed diagrams and illustrations with informative captions make up most of the spreads, which include two or three brief paragraphs of text. The book is successful as an introduction and good for browsing, but doesn't have enough information for reports.--Lana Miles, Jackson Elementary School, Rosenberg, TX

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