Reviews for Ancient China


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Spring
Photos, maps, diagrams, and sidebars combine with an accessible text to demonstrate the roles of archaeological discoveries and scientific advancement in providing an accurate history of each ancient civilization. The thoughtful design successfully presents a bounty of information on science, religion, and culture without overwhelming report-driven readers. Reading list, timeline. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Excavating the Past titles: Mesa Verde, Ancient China, and Mesopotamia.] Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall
These books are written as travel guides to ancient civilizations ("...a trip to the Inca Empire is the vacation for you"). This approach makes accessible the cultural and historical details. Occasional inaccuracies are the result of long spans of history condensed for the target audience. While the books do tend to oversimplify information, they're a good way to encourage interest. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Time Travel Guides titles: [cf2]The Aztec Empire[cf1], [cf2]The Inca Empire[cf1], [cf2]Ancient Greece[cf1], [cf2]Ancient Egypt[cf1], [cf2]Ancient Rome[cf1], and [cf2]Ancient China[cf1].] Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring
Focusing on the details of everyday life (food, family life, buildings, children), this updated series serves as an adequate introduction to past cultures for younger readers. The bright design and engaging illustrations, which include artifacts, period artwork, photographs, and illustrations of daily life, may be enough to hold readers' attention despite the rather sterile text. Reading list. Glos., ind. [Review includes these History Opens Windows titles: [cf2]The Ancient Chinese[cf1], [cf2]The Ancient Egyptians[cf1], [cf2]The Ancient Romans[cf1], [cf2]The Middle Ages[cf1], [cf2]The Renaissance[cf1], and [cf2]The Ancient Greeks[cf1].] Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring
These books are written as travel guides to ancient civilizations ("...a trip to the Inca Empire is the vacation for you"). This approach makes accessible the cultural and historical details. Occasional inaccuracies are the result of long spans of history condensed for the target audience. While the books do tend to oversimplify information, they're a good way to encourage interest. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Time Travel Guides titles: [cf2]The Aztec Empire[cf1], [cf2]The Inca Empire[cf1], [cf2]Ancient Greece[cf1], [cf2]Ancient Egypt[cf1], [cf2]Ancient Rome[cf1], and [cf2]Ancient China[cf1].] Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall
These leveled-text editions are written as travel guides to ancient civilizations. This approach makes accessible the cultural and historical details. Occasional inaccuracies are the result of long spans of history condensed for the target audience. While the books do tend to oversimplify, they're a good way to encourage interest. There are four other new books in this series. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Time Travel Guides titles: The Aztec Empire, The Inca Empire, Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, and Ancient China.] Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2006 February

Gr 4-6 -In these handsomely designed volumes, color photographs of sites and artifacts are supplemented by detailed drawings of re-created structures and scenes from the past. Numerous sidebars provide additional information. Cartoon archaeologists in ever-changing garb at the bottom of alternate pages highlight "Did You Know?" tidbits. Mesa Verde explains how these ancient people reached North and South America using the land bridge and settled down to farm in the Four Corners area. Quigley uses the term "Ancestral Puebloans" rather than the sometimes derogatory "Anasazi" and explains why. She describes the daily lives of the people and includes current theories about why they may have abandoned this site. Activities and discoveries by the Wetherill brothers and other archaeologists as well as cultural information from modern-day people bring knowledge about the ancients up to date. This excellent title updates Caroline Arnold’s The Ancient Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde (Clarion, 1992). Ancient China covers the region’s history from the first single kingdom dynasty, Xia (2205 B.C.E. to 1700 B.C.E), to the conquering of China by Mongols in C.E.1279. Shuter includes a history of archaeology conducted by Westerners and by the Chinese government. Artifacts and a few well-preserved burial sites reveal lifestyles of the powerful and wealthy. Short chapters describe living conditions of the poor and of skilled workers as well. Others are devoted to the Silk Road trade routes and to the many Chinese inventions. Virginia Schomp’s The Ancient Chinese (Watts, 2004) provides biographical information on more prominent ancient Chinese as well as many more bibliographical references.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 September

Gr 5-8-- These books invite readers to travel back in time and tour ancient civilizations, thus providing an attractive and interesting way to explore these topics. How to travel, places to stay, what to see, and what to eat are all included. Colorful photographs, illustrations, reproductions, and boxed tips for travelers help to sustain the travel-guide style and provide more information. Aztec Empire explains that two calendars are used to keep dates, one by the priests for religious festivals and the other for the ordinary people to calculate important events such as market days. Bingham mentions that all men are required to work for the empire part of the year, and that it provides the basic necessities for those who are too old to work or become ill, or in emergencies. In Ancient China , suggested sights include The Great Wall; the peaceful countryside; or great cities such as Dunhuang, a trading city, and Chang'an, a city of emperors. With their "you-are-there" approach, these books are perfect for browsing.--Lana Miles, Jackson Elementary School, Rosenberg, TX

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