The World OF Architectural Wonders

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From the spectacular pyramids to the exquisite Taj Mahal, from the mountain city of Machu Picchu to the floating beauty of Venice, this book tells the inside story behind some of the world’s wonders of architecture. Young readers will be transported to each site and will discover how and why each amazing structure, city, or palace was built. Included are:

·The Pyramids of Giza

·The Acropolis

·The Great Wall of China

·Tomb of Emperor Ch’in

·The City of Petra

·The Forum of Rome and the Colosseum

·Mesa Verde

·Chartes Cathedral

·The City of Venice

·Great Zimbabwe

·Machu Picchu

·The Taj Mahal

·The Hoover Dam


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Grade 2-5. Corbishley offers no introduction or explanation for his selection of the 14 structures labeled as architectural wonders. European, Asian, and African cultures are well represented, and two examples from North America (Hoover Dam, Mesa Verde) and one from South America (Machu Picchu) are included. The sites are mostly predictable choices that can be found in similar books, such as Philip Wilkinson's Amazing Buildings (DK, 1993), although a few less common ones (Great Zimbabwe, the Ch'in Tomb) are presented. Two-page spreads provide a few lines about the location's historical and cultural importance, a couple of color photographs, a floor plan or cutaway view, and a sample of structural details or cultural artifacts. The Pyramids of Giza, Chartres Cathedral, and the City of Venice warrant four pages each, but the additional space does not proportionately amplify the amount of information offered. The arrangement appears to be chronological although the year given may be a beginning or completion date, or a date for a ruler or culture. There is no pronunciation guide. Maps do not show political boundaries, making it difficult to identify where the structures are located.?Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist:

Gr. 5-8. Fourteen architectural splendors located on five continents and spanning thousands of years are described inside and out. Whether it's the very functional Hoover Dam or the mysterious Stonehenge, an account of how and why each was built and the process and tools involved is succinctly detailed. Among the other sites included are Mesa Verde, the pyramids of Giza, the city of Venice, the Acropolis, the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China, the Forum of Rome, and Chartres Cathedral. Color photographs are paired with detailed drawings. Together, the text and illustrations capture the awe and spectacle of humankind's greatest building achievements. Denia Hester

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