Discusses the Aztec Indians, their history, religion, language, customs, and final days.
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ea. vol: 45p. illus. map. photogs. glossary. index. (New True Bks.). CIP. Childrens. Nov. 1985. PLB $7.95. Grade 2-3 It is a credit to these three titles that one can read them in succession and finish with a sense of the distinctive characteristics of three separate civilizations. Because of their brevity, however, the format does not serve these complex topics as well as it does other subjects covered by the series; a number of complicated issues are mentioned without adequate explanationhuman sacrifices in Aztec and Mayan religious rituals, or the deciphering of Mayan hieroglyphs, for example. The books cover the daily life, religion, government and present-day descendants of their respective peoples; well-chosen color photographs give life to the texts. The Inca is particularly well organized, providing a brief but interesting overview of Inca life, including the societal concern for the collective welfare of the people. Less successful is The Maya, which begins with an uninteresting survey of the location of Mayan cities. The books do not convey to young readers the extraordinary accomplishments of these peoples in relation to their contemporaries in Europe. A good bit of interesting information is collected here nonetheless, and there are no comparable books available for this age level; Sonia Bleeker's works on the Maya (1961), the Inca (1960) and the Aztec (1963, all Morrow; all o.p.) are more informative, but they are for a slightly older audience. Rita Auerbach, Stratford Avenue School, Garden City,
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Book Description Childrens Pr, 1985. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110516419366
Book Description Childrens Pr, 1985. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0516419366