Reviews for Seven Wonders of Ancient Africa


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
Each volume introduces readers to a geographically specific collection of ancient wonders, ranging from monuments to buildings to arts and culture. Each "wonder" and the civilization that created it is explained in great detail, including how it may have looked in the past and what still remains today. Photographs, illustrations, and numerous sidebars with additional facts and details round out the presentation. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind. [Review covers these Seven Wonders titles: [cf2]Seven Wonders of Ancient Africa[cf1], [cf2]Seven Wonders of Ancient Asia[cf1], [cf2]Seven Wonders of the Ancient Middle East[cf1], and [cf2]Seven Wonders of the Ancient World[cf1].] Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2009 January
This is an engaging and captivating new series with numerous, intriguing photographs of existing and newly rediscovered and restored historical sites. There are also many photos of ancient artworks depicting sites or statues no longer extant. Most of the volumes contain a surprising number of impressive achievements by ancient civilizations, such as the Great Zimbabwe and other ?lost cities? in Africa, the Banaue rice terraces in the Philippines, and the Great Ziggurat of Ur in modern Iraq. Magnificent palaces and ostentatious temples and burial sites are shown as well as some immense and fascinating cities and other amazing feats of unexplainable engineering. All are described in unpretentious language that will appeal to a wide range of readers. The only thing that could improve these beautiful volumes is bigger and more detailed maps. Included in each volume is a timeline, glossary and pronunciation guide, source notes, bibliography, and list of books and Web sites for further research. Index. Highly Recommended. Nancye Starkey, Librarian, Lake Placid (Florida) Middle School ¬ 2009 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2008 November

Gr 5-7-Using a tour of the original seven wonders as their springboard, these books comb UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites to present similar profiles of seven extant but lesser-known man-made wonders. These range from the immense Nazca geoglyphs in modern Peru and Sudan's little-known Kush pyramids to Japan's Todaiji-the largest wooden building in the world-and the massive, 2000-year-old Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines. Each gets a chapter, well endowed with side panels; quotes from archaeologists; and color photos, period art, or, in Ancient World, more recent reconstructions (such as a photograph of Lenin's tomb in the section on the mausoleum at Halicarnassus). The authors retrace the history of each site, describe preservation challenges and efforts, and close with generous, annotated resource lists-plus an invitation to readers to choose an eighth wonder.

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