A typical English castle is shown starting in the year 600 B.C., when it was a rudimentary stockaded enclosure and tiny village settlement intended to house and protect Celtic farmers and craftsmen. Fast forward to A.D. 100. Now, it's a handsome Roman fort and settlement with stone walls and tile roofs. A thousand years later, it becomes a Norman castle, which undergoes a seige by enemies, followed by several more dramatic transformations during the medieval and later eras. In the final spread we see the great castle's ruins as they stand today, explored by tourists, examined by archaeologists—and perhaps haunted by a ghost or two. Fast Forward Books are lots of fun! They transform distant events of history into very real, dramatically vivid experiences for young readers. Each title covers one specific place, then, using a series of handsome color-illustrated two-page spreads, shows that place at different times over many centuries. Tabs on page edges label illustrations with a succession of identifying dates, with the final spread showing the title subject's location as it exists today.
Grade 3-5-Vividly illustrated interactive books. In both, 12 spreads feature a large, labeled illustration and two or three paragraphs of text. The spreads are tabbed with a notation such as "Two hours later" or "200 years later." In Shipwreck, readers can choose to jump from the opening scene in the 1630s (the building of a galleon) to a year later (pirates approach the sailing vessel) or to the 1830s (the remains of the ship have become part of a coral reef at the bottom of the ocean), among other dates and times. Castle covers a much broader period, from 600 B.C.E. to today. Readers will enjoy the details of the many illustrations including the one of a wild banquet in the 13th century. One weakness of these books is that after changing scenes, readers are not reminded of what historic period they have turned to. Also, occasionally more explanation would help (for example, the purpose of sweet-scented herbs on the floor of the castle's banquet hall). These books don't tell the whole story but they will whet youngsters' appetites for more on the subjects.
Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC
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Descrizione libro Barron's Educational Series, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0764153099
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97807641530991.0
Descrizione libro Barron's Educational Series, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110764153099
Descrizione libro Barron's Educational Series. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0764153099 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.1290530