Warriors and Wailers: One Hundred Ancient Chinese Jobs You Might Have Relished or Reviled (Jobs in History)

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Ever thought of becoming an emperor? How about a silk maker?

China was one of the most advanced societies in the ancient world. Whether in medicine, the arts, or education, the Chinese far outpaced the Europeans. Although most people were peasants, society included a myriad of other jobs.

It may sound like a great position, but being emperor had its downside. If you displeased the gods, you could be put to death. As a silk maker, you would be sworn to secrecy so foreigners wouldn't learn how to spin the precious thread. Other jobs included wailer (yes, you'll have to cry whether you want to or not), noodle maker (noodles were not only delicious, but also a symbol of long life), or Shaolin warrior monk (if you were really good, you could break stone slabs with your fists).

A fact-filled introduction, index, and timeline make this book--the sixth in the series--perfect for research projects, while the humorous illustrations keep it fun.

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About the Author:

Sarah Tsiang is a poet and the author of two other Annick titles, A Flock of Shoes and Dogs Don't Eat Jam and Other Things Big Kids Know. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Martha Newbigging has illustrated many Annick books, including Research Ate My Brain, and all the books in the Jobs in History series. Martha lives in rural Ontario.

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With age-appropriate sensitivity, Tsiang covers controversial subjects... and includes women's roles, which are not widely integrated into many other resources. (Booklist 2012-09-01)

Despite the humorous comments and informal tone, the engaging narrative conveys a solid overview of ancient Chinese society and will satisfy school assignments. (Linda Perkins Booklist 2012-11-07)

This is an excellent resource for anyone studying Ancient China or for teachers who want to show children how professions have changed over time. (Sandra O'Brien Canadian Children's Book News)

It is a fascinating and fun look at what life was like in China more than 2000 years ago. (Katherine Watmough Resource Links)

This title promises to amaze readers with history. (Heather Accero School Library Journal 2012-07-01)

Children in the middle grades will linger long over the descriptions of the unusual occupations that people had in ancient China. (Maryleah Otto The Muskokan 2012-08-03)

The humourous nature of the text is coupled beautifully with witty illustrations that bring the ancient culture to life. (CM 2012-05-11)

Overall, this book is a wonderful introduction to Ancient China that should stimulate further exploration into the fascinating study of history. (David Sulz Deakin Review of Children's Literature 2013-04-19)

(starred review) This ambitious book from the Jobs in History series covers over 4,000 years of Chinese history with a wicked wit... Tsiang dishes all the dirt on both arcane and artful occupations. Filled with facts and pithy observations, each vignette is personalized, using a tongue-in-cheek tone for maximum accessibility. Lovely red zodiac graphics decorate the pages; while Newbigging's comic illustrations provide the balance between yin and yang. With many schools offering Mandarin Chinese studies, this book would make an ideal companion to help explain Chinese culture. Highly recommended. (Lonna Pierce, School Librarian, MacArthur and Thom Library Media Connection 2013-04-01)

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