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Hard as Nails in Myths and Legends (Hard as Nails in History)

Tracey Turner

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ISBN 10: 0778715205 / ISBN 13: 9780778715207
Published by Crabtree Publishing Company, 2015
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Hard as Nails in Myths and Legends (Hard as ...

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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If you've ever wanted to go on a quest, defeat a dragon, or rob from the rich, read this entertaining book. Find out how the brainy and brawny figures in myths and legends from different cultures measure up against each other. From ancient Greek heroes to modern superheroes, some were part god, some were part beast, and a few might even have been real people. Full-color comic illustrations are splashed throughout the witty, bite-sized chunks of fact-filled text.

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Gr 5-8-Oversimplification, superficial coverage, and caricature-style illustrations limit the informational content and appeal of this set. Each volume covers more than 20 main topics-which receive about five paragraphs of text-as well as additional background chapters and grouped topics with single paragraphs about people or battles, all in less than 60 pages of main text. The diverse group of people, who include women and people from non-Western cultures who lived between ancient times and the space age, are given an overall "Hard as Nails" rating on a "Hardometer" scale of one to 10 that measures characteristics such as cunning, courage, and ruthlessness. There is no apparent organizational structure, which results in abrupt transitions, such as Ponce de Léon following Neil Armstrong, and some odd inclusions (e.g., space explorers are discussed in Travelers). VERDICT These books are unlikely to hold readers' attention and they will be of little value to middle school libraries.α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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