A Child's Eye View Of History

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History books are full of the great deeds and descriptions of adults whose names have been passed down for generations. But what about history's children? That question is answered in A Child's Eye View of History. Twenty-one spreads focus on individual children who lived during important periods in history. The book begins with Tuthmosis III, a ten-year-old who took the throne of Egypt in 1489 B.C., and continues right through to Khayakazi Khatwya, who was eleven years old in 1994, when Black citizens were given the right to vote in South Africa. It includes children from all six populated continents and more than three thousand years of events, eras, and empires. Richly illustrated with full-color paintings and photographs, this book will bring history home to kids.

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Macdonald (First Facts About the Ancient Romans, 1997, etc.) attempts to explain past history through the experiences of children from various cultures and time periods, noting that the details of their lives did not always merit recording or preserving: ``They had little money and hardly any power, so few writers or artists thought it worthwhile to record their lives.'' Every spread, arranged roughly chronologically, describes a different topic or culture, e.g., ``Ancient Egypt,'' ``Toys and Games,'' ``The Children's Crusade,'' ``Benin,'' ``The French Revolution,'' etc. A sidebar covers a particular child from that place and time, among them, Princess Amat al-Aziz of Baghdad, a.d. 758, who ``had the deepest desire to do good''; Egil Skallagrimsson, a young Icelander who killed his playmate at age six; Nathan Field, an actor with Shakespeare's troupe; and Anne Frank, who may be the most famous child of WWII, an era otherwise given sparse treatment. Full-color drawings by five artists, historical photographs, and thumb-sized world maps accompany a text that runs between understatement and exaggeration; Macdonald's idea is certainly a good one, but it may be that the coverage, attempting uniformity where none exists, is simply too uneven. (chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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