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Ancient and medieval history

ancient_bergin_castleBergin, Mark  Castle
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Book House

McCall, Henrietta  Mummies
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Book House

McCall, Henrietta  Pyramid
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Book House

Time Shift series. These books provide information relating to structures and customs of ancient and medieval times. Colorful illustrations use split pages to capture scene changes, while the bare-bones texts relate the history, purpose, construction, and rituals of castles and pyramids; Mummies extends information about pyramids through discussion of the preservation of bodies entombed within. More substantial facts are appended. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Ancient and Medieval History; Castles; Middle Ages; Mummies; Pyramids; Egypt, Ancient; Pyramids; Egypt

ancient_boyer_everythingancientBoyer, Crispin  Everything Ancient Egypt
Gr. 4–6   64 pp.     National Geographic

National Geographic: Everything series. With James P. Allen. In this volume, numerous topics about ancient Egyptian life are explored. Themed sections are broken down into two-page chapters detailing one specific aspect of the culture. Multiple text boxes, sidebars, and varied illustrations and photos complete the presentation. At first glance, the pages seem busy, but they remain clear and easy to read. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Ancient and Medieval History; Egypt, Ancient

ancient_currie_medievalCurrie, Stephen  The Medieval Castle
Middle school, high school     96 pp.     ReferencePoint

Nardo, Don  The Parthenon of Ancient Greece
Middle school, high school     96 pp.     ReferencePoint

Woog, Adam  The Roman Colosseum
Middle school, high school     96 pp.     ReferencePoint

History’s Great Structures series. In these volumes, ancient architectural wonders are detailed, from the background behind their construction to how they were used to their subsequent decline and eventual conservation and restoration. Illustrations, modern photographs, maps, diagrams, sidebars, and definitions supplement the rich, detailed, but still easy-to-read texts. Numerous quotations from primary and secondary sources add academic weight. Reading list, timeline, websites. Ind.
Subjects: Ancient and Medieval History; Castles; Middle Ages; Architecture; Parthenon (Athens, Greece); Greece, Ancient; Rome, Ancient

ancient_edwards_ancientmayaEdwards, Sue Bradford  Ancient Maya
Middle school, high school   112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library

Hamen, Susan E.  Ancient Rome
Middle school, high school   112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library

Head, Tom  Ancient Mesopotamia
Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library

Rowell, Rebecca  Ancient India
Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library

Ancient Civilizations series. Each volume introduces a civilization by covering a wide variety of topics including origins, political systems, religions, and daily life. Chapters are broken into subcategories, with numerous sidebars, photos, illustrations, and maps adding detail to the main narrative. The texts themselves are accessible without dumbing down the information. Reading list, timeline. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Ancient and Medieval History; Native Americans—Central America—Maya; Rome, Ancient; Iraq, Ancient; Mesopotamia

ancient_foran_knightsForan, Racquel  Knights
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     ABDO/Core Library

Hoblin, Paul  Gladiators
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     ABDO/Core Library

Great Warriors series. Ancient and medieval warriors are explored in these volumes. Each book provides a brief history of the fighters, details their arms and tactics, and delves into the lengthy training it took to become a gladiator or knight. Color illustrations and sidebars provide additional details. “Stop and think” questions promote critical thinking. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Ancient and Medieval History; Knights and knighthood; Gladiators; Rome, Ancient

From the October 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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