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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1060L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385737483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385737487
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 6 Up—Novel-sized, and with a novel's worth of action, romance, betrayal, and irony, this immensely readable account of the entirety of Chinese history is sure to captivate readers. The chapters are broken into one- or two-page sections, with many brief sidebars, making the book accessible and unintimidating. Plentiful illustrations—photographs as well as reproductions—enliven nearly every page. Mah writes in a personal, friendly tone, at one point warning readers to "jump two paragraphs if you don't like violence." Clearly, she is telling stories that she knows well, and she doesn't skimp on the details, which can be gory, tragic, slightly saucy, or merely entertaining. Well-labeled, good-sized maps are provided on a regular basis, as are metric and English measurements and currency conversion where appropriate. This is an authoritative and entertaining account of the plucky orphans, egotistical monarchs, raving beauties, and scheming empresses who made China what it is today.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
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About the Author

Adeline Yen Mah divides her time between Los Angeles, London, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. You can visit her at www.adelineyenmah.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah F. Mar on June 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Book Review by Sarah Mar (Marsarah@gmail.com)

If you want just one book that provides not only insight into China's rich history, but also offers a glimpse of its traditions and beliefs (such as why the 2008 Beijing Olympics opened on 8/8/08 at 8 pm), Adeline Mah's "China, Land of Dragons and Emperors" would be it.

This non-fiction book reviews the last 2200 years of China's past. It is a relatively brief, but comprehensive coverage of a long and diverse history. After introducing the First Emperor, who unified China and is mostly known for building the Great Wall as well as the over 7,000 Terra Cotta Warriors in his enormous tomb, six major dynasties are highlighted, each with a noteworthy and descriptive heading:

The Founding Dynasty (Han), The Golden Dynasty (Tang), The Divided Dynasty (Song), The Mongol Dynasty (Yuan), The Eunuchs' Dynasty (Ming), and The Crippled Dynasty (Qing). The abdication of the last emperor in 1912 ended this dynastic system which endured for over 2,000 years.

Best-selling author, Mah, concisely reviews each period with salient clarity. Each episode with an opening remarks, to give reader a preview of the era that is about to be learned. I especially like the remarks from 1912 to Today's capital City: Beijing

"After WWII... the most powerful man was Mao Zedong who unified the country but caused millions of deaths and great suffering. After Mao, China opens its doors, and transformed itself into a modern nation" This illustrates how succinctly the essence of just one time-period can be characterized.

This book is an easy read and a unique resource for anyone interested in China's rich history but daunted by its lengthy past.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Y. Su on February 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A story of China from ancient China to present-day China in one book, by Adeline Yen Mah, describes many interesting facts about China. It goes through every important dynasty of ancient China, including the most famous people, capitals, inventions, and extra facts and stories mentioned in the reading for each dynasty. This book shows you many beliefs in China too: like lucky numbers, colors, and even unlucky words. It explains everything up to the communist government of today, where no more emperors rule. China: Land of Dragons and Emperors is a good book for those who want to understand this world from a different perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stacy on August 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I found this book at a used book store and picked it up because it looked interesting and an easy read. I teach world history and i will tell you this book is amazing. I read it in one evening.

The book is broken down into each of the dynasties, gives a short and concise history of each dynasty, and important people in each dynasty. It weaves in action and adventure that will draw in both adults and students. This book does a great job highlighting China's technological impact. Most westerners believe that they invented paper and the printing press, but in face it was the Chinese. It highlights the important emperors, the women behind them, love, betrayal, Mongolian and Manchurian invasion, isolationism, and communism.

This book is especially great for students who get confused about the dynasties. This book even gives maps and timelines to even further condense thousands of years of history. I will definitely be reading excerpts from this book to my students!
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We are using this book for a study of China. Absolutely recommend this book! So far we have enjoyed learning about the Han and Song Dynasty. We learned about Confucius, The Great Wall of China and the Silk Road. Author is enjoyable and information is presented in a manner that engages our middle and high school students.
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