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Ancient Rome (Tales Of The Dead) Hardcover – July 4, 2005

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Grade 3-7–This volume in the hybrid series focuses on life in ancient Rome as seen through the eyes of a family of Africans brought to the city as slaves. Most of the book is made up of DK's usual highly informative, well-illustrated factual descriptions. The edges of each spread tell the fictional story of the family in graphic-novel style. The nonfiction is engrossing, pulling readers into aspects of everyday life, with great cutaways of a variety of buildings and events. The story of a family torn apart, brought back together, and saved at the last moment is fairly unrealistic and unsatisfying compared to the great facts in the book. Readers seeking a graphic novel will be disappointed by the small part this format plays in the book. While overall it is an interesting combination that should appeal to reluctant readers, this title lacks the depth that most students will need for research purposes.–Dawn Rutherford, Kings County Library System, Bellevue, WA
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A light and effortless way to fatten children with facts The Independent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 12
  • Series: Tales Of The Dead
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children (July 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756611474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756611477
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,534,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Ancient Rome" is the second DK Revealed book that I have seen and my original comment that the see-through pages add very little to what is a solid book without them still applies. In this book there are eight see-through pages that reveal Roman soldiers storming a fort, gladiators locked in combat, Pompeii buried under the ash of a volcano, and a magnificent Roman villa. They provide some basic cut-away views, which are okay, but given what DK has normally provided in their richly illustrated books I was really expecting something spectacular. Indeed, even without the see-through pages "Ancient Rome" is a wonderful look at the glory that was Rome.
This volume is written by Peter Chrisp, author of over 50 children's history books, in consultation with Dr. Hugh Bowden, lecturer in Ancient History at King's College London. It traces the story of Rome from city to republic to empire, looking at legionaries on the march, the emphasis on bread and circuses, and the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum that have revealed so much about the life and leisure of the Romans. The illustrations include not only photographs of ancient ruins and artifacts, but also modern recreations and shots from movies like "Cleopatra" and "Ben Hur." Young readers will not get a detailed history of ancient Rome, but they will find lots of interesting details, which is why this is more of a supplemental volume to the study of Rome than a primary source.
As always pay attention to the captions for the wonderful illustrations because that is where a lot of these details pop up. The archeological perspective is especially interesting this time around, showing how some of these ancient wonders are uncovered. Other volumes in the DK Revealed series are devoted to "Ancient Egypt" and the "Human Body," and they may well be able to succeed on the additional level of those see-through pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JS on July 17, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
What can I say, I wish there were more of these dealing with history. My daughter loves them, and I don't have all the prep work of History Pockets.
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By M. Heiss on June 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
*a must for visual learners. 45 pages of photographs and blurbs that get the information right into their eyeballs and their brains. Kids love DK books.

Sample vocabulary: amphitheather, aqueduct, atrium, barbarians, catapult, century, circus, cohort..."

USes BCE/CE instead of B.C./A.D.
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This was entertaining and informative. It's one in a series, the best of which: Ancient Greece Revealed, is unfortunately out of print, but still, these are a very fun way to teach kids their history!
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