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The Oxford Children's Book of Famous People

Oxford University Press

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ISBN 10: 019910171X / ISBN 13: 9780199101719
Published by Oxford University Press, USA, 1995
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Title: The Oxford Children's Book of Famous People

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Publication Date: 1995

Book Condition:Good

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Where can you find Yasser Arafat rubbing shoulders with Archimedes? Or Theodore Roosevelt face-to-face with Diana Ross? The answer is: The Oxford Children's Book of Famous People. This comprehensive, fully illustrated book tells the stories of over 1,000 women and men who have shaped the world. It embraces the famous and the infamous from all over the globe and all walks of life: politicians and statesmen, religious leaders, scientists, explorers, philosophers, artists, musicians, sports heroes and many more. Ancient rulers share the same page as 20th-century movie stars, giving an unusual but highly entertaining perspective on the range of people who have made a mark in history. Each article in this A to Z book captures the essential facts about each person's life, their influences, and their major achievements. To find out why Edvard Munch painted such sad pictures, or who helped Giacomo Puccini become a famous composer, or what was Elvis Presley's first big hit, just turn the page...
* International in scope and subject matter
* Illustrated in full color throughout
* Extensive cross referencing, quote boxes, lists of presidents, prime ministers, kings and queens, Oscar winners, Nobel Prize winners, Roman emperors, and popes
* Two complete indexes (thematic and chronological)
Though it's a perfect reference for study or leisure for children 9-12, all ages (adults, too) will find this a fascinating guide to the people who make history.

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For children ages 9-12, this book contains biographies of 1,000 people from all parts of the world and all time periods. Subjects range in time from Egyptian pharoah Khufu (26,000 B.C.) to such contemporary figures as Benazir Bhutto and Wayne Gretzky. The typical 100-word entry begins with a tag that identifies the person ("Saint Thomas Aquinas, Italian religious leader and philosopher"), birth and death dates, and age at death. Handsome illustrations, most of them in color, appear on every page. Some of them are portraits, but many are of something associated with the person, for example, Hadrian's Wall or a painting by Rossetti. Cross-references point to related entries (e.g., from William Randolph Hearst to Orson Welles). At the end of the book, the subjects are indexed by occupation and by date of birth. They represent not only politics but the arts, sports, entertainment, religion, science, and exploration. A nationality index would have been useful. Many nations are represented; there is good coverage of Americans, and no particular bias for Britons. But Oxford wants to sell this book all over the world, so it includes some people who will be of no interest to American children (e.g., cricket players from Commonwealth countries). Many names will be unknown to children but worth investigating (German chemist Fritz Haber and the Lumie{Š}re brothers, early filmmakers). It's questionable whether elementary-school children will really be interested in Gide or Hegel, but there are enough pop-culture stars like Madonna and Michael Jackson to keep kids browsing so that they will encounter the important figures from history attractively presented here. Sandy Whiteley ((Reviewed Mar. 1, 1995))

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