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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children (February 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781465402493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465402493
  • ASIN: 1465402497
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Ross on November 15, 2006
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My children greatly enjoy all the books in this series, and while Anne Millard does a great job with the facts it is the art of Steve Noon that really makes these books phenomenal. Easily understood information that is very interesting appears on each page, and with characters you can follow throughout the book you can spend a long time searching for them -- which allows you to really appreciate all the other historically accurate mini-scenes that play out all over. I will admit that I have been known to look through these books even when my children aren't around. This book, and all the others in this series, should be enjoyable for all children of all ages. Even those who aren't old enough to read will still love the pictures and learn something. Older children learn quite a bit, and keep coming back to the book because there is always something new to find. I highly recommend this book, and encourage any parent to add all of them to their collection!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lora N. on September 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love all the books in this series. This one has almost too much on each two page spread (more than some of the others in the series). But it's worth spending the time really looking and exploring the pages.

Each book in this series takes a plot of land, in this case various parts of a city (not always from the exact same location in this one), and shows how it changes from pre-history human occupation through various key times in history (Greeks, Romans, Middle Ages, Industrial Rev. through to modern times).

Because of the detail in this book, it would probably take several sittings to go through it together with your kids. It would also be a great one to leave out on the coffee table. It's the kind of book kids will pick up over and over again.

There's a small amount of text on each page. Then around the edges there are "characters" which you can then try to find in the picture. This helps give the pages focus.

I think this series of books are a great supplement to world history study and/or interesting to read and study just for fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Canadianladybug on April 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This new title from DK Canada has been created to resemble to the book A Street Through Time that I have reviewed in the past. Imagine a city where you can see the progress through time. That's what this book is about. The first two pages, will give you a rapid eye view of the first steps of the city with stone age hunters, a camp bu the review, the first farmers. how tombs were made, the metalworkers and traders from the sea. As soon as you turn the page you will embark on a journey through time with various illustrations of what the city looked like at various time periods.

The first city you will discover is the Greek colony with a temple, gymnasium and so on. Some inside can be seen because you get a cut-view out of the houses. You can also see how the people lived and dressed during that time period. In a way, you could use the two pages illustration as a search and find activity for your kids to find the people mentioned at the top and bottom of the pages. As you continue to explore history through this book, you will discover a Greek temple, a Roman city, the public baths during Roman Empire, a medieval city, a castle, a palace and fountains from 1650, the town hall from 1650, an industrial port in 1880, a train station in 1880, as well as steel and glass and high-rise constructions from today's age.

At the end of the book, you can have more historical information about architecture, technology, work, play and costume through these time periods. You will also have information about historical cities like Ur, Thebes, Athens, Rome, Tikal, Constantinople. Chang'an, Baghdad, Delhi, London, New York and Tokyo.
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By bluebell on January 27, 2015
Format: Hardcover
This book makes a homeschool momma happy because her children choose to read it - even when it isn't assigned. :)

We've been through periods of history and learn a lot, but I've always found it a tad difficult to make a smooth transition from one era to the next. You know, helping my children to see that one era followed another and built on the knowledge of the previous generations. Well, this book is helping to change that!

At each turn of the page, both the similarities and differences are abundantly clear to my children. At each turn of the page, they are being reminded of the order of the eras. At each turn of the page, they are getting to know the particular people, buildings, styles, inventions, social systems, economics, and more for each era. And it's presented in a format that draws my children in and makes them want to keep reading.

Each two-page spread covers a particular era of history or something striking from an era: Greek colonies, temples, Rome, public baths, a Medieval city, castles, palaces and fountains, town hall, an industrial port, a train station, steel and glass and high rise buildings. The history flows through the perspective of how cities have changed over time.

A large, labeled illustration takes up most of the space on the page. Each illustration depicts a moment in time from the particular era and even includes cross-sections of buildings which allow us to see the people at work. Around the illustrations are brief explanations of the activities and people depicted. Together, the illustrations and text provide a great overview of the particular era.

I love the timelines at the end of the book that go through important changes and growth in technology, architecture, work and play and costumes.
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