This book helps children understand the past through paintings, murals, sculpture, architecture, and everyday objects - much of it originally designed for placating the gods, bringing a successful harvest, observing traditions and rites, or increasing an individual's social standing. Each book is divided into thematic chapters such as how people lived, worked, socialized, fought wars, worshipped, and made new discoveries and conquests.
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Grade 5-8-Greece highlights 10 topics including Athens, religion, and war. Each one is covered in two-to-four pages; a few paragraphs address the subject while detailed captions accompanying the numerous full-color reproductions and photos of sites and artifacts provide additional facts. However, there are some problems with the text. Reference to the Archaic period as the "Dark Ages" may confuse students who do not have the background to distinguish this period from the Dark Ages of A.D. 700. Also confusing is Bardi's statement that, "The Greeks founded several colonies on the coast of Thrace (modern Bulgaria), the most important of which was Constantinople (modern Istanbul)," since Istanbul is in Turkey. Printing, the Reformation, the rise of the merchant class, and other topics are covered in Renaissance, but some of data is misleading. For example, the Hanseatic League, according to other sources, was formed in the 13th, not the 14th century. Both Greece and Renaissance provide detailed descriptions of selected artifacts and paintings in sidebars. While the visual format of these titles will appeal to students, inaccuracies and poor design are a problem. The "See through History" (Viking) and "Eyewitness" series (DK) are better choices on these subjects.
Tracey Ansley, Cary Academy, NC
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