Discusses the subject matter, techniques, and cultural significance of the paintings and engravings made on rocks, both inside caves and in the open air, by primitive people around the world.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish
4-8-- Four unsuccessful attempts to link the histories and cultures of ancient civilizations with their memorable works of art and architecture. Each title features many full-color photographs of specific monuments or places that UNESCO has chosen for preservation. Three places are featured in The Chinese Empire : the Great Wall, the Imperial Palace, and the Mausoleum of Shi Huangdi. There are also three sites from Egypt and four from Greece, along with seven areas where prehistoric rock paintings have been preserved. The pictures show only these designated "World Heritage" sites. While the photographs are limited in this way, the text covers a great deal of history in brief space, often quite superficially. The information is accurate throughout, but may confuse children because of its brevity and generalizations. The narrative appears on left-hand pages, and is awkwardly interrupted by the captioned photos on the right, which often have nothing to do with the facing text. The oracle of Delphi is shown several pages before the oracles and divination are described. Prehistoric Rock Art may be most useful, since it devotes more space to the art and less to history, and there is little available for children on the subject. Overall, the photographs of these sites are intriguing, but the bland and disjointed texts that accompany them are poorly executed and generally unilluminating. --Steven Engelfried, Alameda County Library, CA
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Book Description Childrens Pr, 1992. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0516083791