Reviews for Japanese Samurai
Booklist Reviews 2010 April #1
The word people in the Ancient and Medieval People series might be a bit misleading. Warriors would be more accurate (Vikings, Hoplites, and gladiators are among others covered), and this book offers an introduction to perhaps the classiest warriors of them all. The central concept of Bushido gets glossed over with little more than a few bulleted lists and a description of seppuku, but there's plenty of attention paid to the unsensationalized particulars of armor, weaponry, and influential figures (though there's room for confusion when a picture captioned with "Shibata Katsuie led samurai troops in the Battle of Shizugatake" sits alongside a fact box that claims he didn't fight in that same battle). A history of Japan's three main feudal periods and the abolishment of the samurai class in the late nineteenth century bookend the details of samurai culture and provide context for their role in society. There probably aren't many things that rank higher than samurai on boys' awesomeness scale, so there shouldn't be any problem finding an eager readership for this book. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.
Library Media Connection Reviews 2010 January/February
This well-organized, information packed series focuses on the people of ancient and medieval times. Each book first defines who the fighters were and plots their development from rise to eventual decline. Social classes, religious influence, clothing and armor, weapons, and buildings are all discussed with detailed pictures, maps, quick fact insets, and summaries highlighting important information. Profiles of some of the most remembered fighters offer a glimpse into the lives of these warriors and the values held at that particular time in history. What?s in a Name defines and discusses the origins of many words used today. Mummification, burial and funeral traditions, and weaponry used are of particular interest. The authors? take complex information and break it down into an easy-to-understand format. While this series is of general interest, it would be especially appealing to boys. While one expects detailed information on forms of violence, it?s important to note that the Japanese tradition includes ritual suicide. Glossary. Timeline. Table of Contents. Index. Recommended. Bridget Slayden, Educational Reviewer, Rogersville, Missouri ¬ 2010 Linworth Publishing, Inc.
School Library Journal Reviews 2009 November
Gr 4-6-Representing the best choice of all the warrior culture series reviewed here, these titles have a simple and elegant design with the proper balance of quality writing and quantity of information. Brief, informative discussions of social structures, army organization, weapons, tactics, and government form the core of the books. These are intermittently alternated with "Spotlight On" and "In Profile" sections that introduce historical battles, icons, and leaders such as Japanese daimyo Oda Nobunaga, knight William Marshal, Pharaoh Ramses II, and Emperor Commodus. Handy time lines, well-chosen photos of ruins and artifacts, quality illustrations, inset "Quick Facts," and "What You Should Know About…" features will grab reluctant readers and captivate even those with short attention spans. What was a Viking funeral like? What really happened at Thermopylae? These questions and many others are skillfully presented and answered and will surely leave readers hungry for more. [Page 59]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.