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Adventures in Ancient Greece (Good Times Travel Agency) Paperback – August 1, 2002

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Gr. 3-5. One in a series of Good Times Travel Agency cartoon-style peeks at ancient cultures, this humorously illustrated picture book takes kids on a brief trip to Greece at the time of the inception of the Olympic Games. The story line is cursory; it's the text at the bottom of each page that provides the important details about daily life, the role of women, how democracy worked in its founding society, the structure of Greek warships, and so on. The adventure aspect of the book is well pitched for the intended audience, but there is some needless editorializing, including the presumption that kids will find philosophy an inherently boring topic. Page layouts are effective, and the cartoon panels are handsomely painted, making this an inviting book to browse and a likely candidate for casual readers to consume willingly. Francisca Goldsmith
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Page layouts are effective, and the cartoon panels are handsomely painted, making this an inviting book to browse and a likely candidate for casual readers to consume willingly.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Good Times Travel Agency
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550745360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550745368
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another homeschooler recommended this book to us as one book to read for our study of Ancient Greece. When my 6 year-old son saw the cover he begged for me to read it immediately. He loved the book and is asking if there are others available (which there are because this is one in a series).
We had just finished "Growing up in Ancient Greece" by Chris Chelipi which I thought was a bit boring. "Adventures in Ancient Greece" duplicated the same information and included additional information. So if you are wondering if this comic book style book (less serious tone) is lacking in content, I can assure you that it is not.
The format of the book is comic book style with sidebars that read more like a regular text. The storyline is that a boy and his two sisters enter a time travel-travel agency and request to go to the next Olympic games in the future. By mistake they are transported to Ancient Greece. A boy gives them a tour of Athens and explains daily life in Ancient Greece. They experience daily living such as the role of women, slaves, and foreign visitors vs. men, voting, worship, parties, and common foods eaten. They also find themselves in the middle of a war that is called to a truce before casualties occur, at the Olympics, and finally on a warship that is engaged in a war before coming back home, magically. There is some sarcasm and some silliness. Some of the sarcasm borders on disrespect, such as when the boy gives them olives to eat, and proclaims they are the best in the world and the boy thinks, "this is a treat?" The girl is annoyed that women lead subservient lives and makes some sarcastic comments. I chose to skip over some of the silly and sarcastic comments. In the end I know my son learned important content from this book, which is the goal!
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This series is designed for the 4-6th grade audience and as such has a lot of silliness between the characters. It is this fun approach that makes the book a drawing read and lets this age group learn a lot about history without feeling the pain of a text book. My kids have learned a lot from this series and love to read them over and over. We have been able to get a couple of the books in this series in French and they are great easy readers for those learning French as well.
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I am mother of 3 and started getting these when my oldest (now 15) was younger, probably in 3rd grade or so, maybe before. My 3 kids have all enjoyed as they are entertaining and factually informative (though not in a way that it seems like a textbook to kids). We have collected the whole series. It is written in comic format but also includes a more factual 'journal' that injects humor and ties in to the comic story. It can be read without referring to the journal which is probably more appealing to younger kids, but when reading with them I would often read the journal parts too or pieces of them…adding fun teachable info bits without them realizing it. These will be keepers for us because the kids will still pick them up again and reread if they see them lying around.
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All of the "Good Times Travel Agency" adventures are wonderful. The stores are fun, funny, and engaging for all ages, so kids keep reading. The Binkertons - kids in the story who go back in time to the various lands - have to read an entire book about that culture before they can return to the present, and excerpts of the book they are reading are printed on the bottom of each page, while the fun comic-book style story overlaps on the top. So each adventure contains a wealth of educational info, but in an interesting way. This adventure (Ancient Greece) is set at the time of the ancient Olympic Games. Be sure to check out the other adventures - I wish there were more in print!
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