Reviews for Samurai

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
These books provide introductions to the lives and times of warriors in four powerful past-world cultures. The texts discuss the rise and fall of these fighters, briefly touching on historical context, weapons used, clothing and uniforms, and areas of combat. Incorporated into the dynamic but very busy design are maps, artifacts, and archival illustrations. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Warriors titles: Gladiator, Greek Warrior, Knight, and Samurai.] Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Library Media Connection Reviews 2010 January/February
The names of warriors of the past, predecessors to today?s fighting forces, alone can give rise to intriguing images. In this series four types of these historic fighters are profiled. Each begins with a basic introduction to the warrior type, the books then tell a bit about the time period. Training and weapons are discussed, and the fighters in historical context are described. Numerous illustrations, including stills from recent movies and maps, aid understanding. Particular notes for each are given, such as the expectation that the samurai would be able to read and write well, the different types of gladiators, the armor pieces of the knight?s horse, and the war machines of the Greeks. Short side notes on historical figures are incorporated also. The type faces used in the books vary to help set apart topics on the picture-rich pages, with good basic information and interesting related historical facts. The illustrations are usually full color, many sizeable and often full of action. For those interested in military subjects or historical action, this series is a good choice. Glossary. Table of Contents. Index. Recommended. Betsy Ruffin, Librarian, Irving Elementary, Cleburne, Texas ¬ 2010 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 November

Gr 4-7-Murrell presents famous warriors from Spartacus to Alexander the Great while reconstructing in rich detail the tumultuous, exciting worlds they inhabited. What makes these books an improvement over Rourke's "Warriors" titles is that they forego the story mode and instead provide concise treatments of castle life and the Bushido code, for example. While most of the focus of is placed on battles, tactics, armor, and weapons, the author makes a valiant effort to describe the cultural realms occupied by these warriors. Bold, comprehensible type and full-color and black-and-white illustrations; reproductions; and photographs will make this offering a hit with its target audience, including reluctant readers.

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