Wonders of the World - Gems

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Gems have been valued for their beauty, color, rareness, and hardness for millennia. Gems explores the captivating world of diamonds, emeralds, pearls, rubies, and other precious jewels, detailing their historical and cultural significance while presenting examples of the most famous specimens.

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"There's plenty of information to support reports, all of which is presented in veteran series writer Kallen's straightforward, sometimes lively language. Each useful volume concludes with a glossary and further readings."
-- Booklist (May 2003) (Booklist 20030501)

"This book does a fine job of making connections between the modern world and ancient history. Full-color photos, some of which are quite dramatic, appear throughout, and the inclusion of accidents of nature...increase the book's appeal."
-- School Library Journal (April 2003) (School Library Journal 20030401)

"These titles in the Wonders of the World series give a brief, but mostly thorough, introduction to high-interest topics. Gems explains how mineral and organic precious materials are formed...Mummies doesn't shy away from the gory aspects of its subject, giving step-by-step descriptions of the mummification process illustrated with full-color photographs...Despite the titles' simplified treatments there's plenty of information to support reports, all of which is presented in veteran series writer Kallen's straightforward, sometimes lively language. Each useful volume concludes with a glossary and further readings."
-- Booklist (May 2003) (Booklist 20030501)

"The information presented is accurate and provides interesting reading...will introduce primary school students to certain phenomena of earth science and will augment introductory and parallel reading for students in early middle school."
-- Book Review Digest (May 2004) (Book Review Digest 20040501)

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Reviewed with Stuart A. Kallen's Mummies.

Gr. 4-7. These titles in the Wonders of the World series give a brief, but mostly thorough, introduction to high-interest topics. Gems explains how mineral (diamonds, rubies) and organic (amber, pearls) precious materials are formed. Later chapters introduce legends behind famous stones such as the Hope Diamond and describe how gems are mined. Unfortunately, there's no mention of the exploitation of much of the workforce that mines them. Mummies doesn't shy away from the gory aspects of its subject, giving step-by-step descriptions of the mummification process illustrated with full-color photographs. It also explains the differences between various types of mummies and highlights some of the most famous finds, including a full chapter about King Tut. Despite the titles' simplified treatments, there's plenty of information to support reports, all of which is presented in veteran series writer Kallen's straightforward, sometimes lively language. Each useful volume concludes with a glossary and further readings. Gillian Engberg
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