From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-These titles cover an array of topically arranged information compacted into a simple, accessible format. Each subject receives two pages filled with numerous full-color illustrations and brief captions. Clothing discusses fashion, footwear, accessories, religious dress, and more. A typical section displays numerous items and explains who wore what, when, and why. For example, the caption beneath a thaali states, "Many married women in southern India wear a necklace like this-which reveals details about their family history and their social status." Music treats such topics as technology, instruments, performances, and folk music. The technology segment includes pictures of a phonograph, jukebox, and CD, and concludes with music available due to MP3, "a way of storing music, that makes it easy to send over the internet." The extravagant number of illustrations and their wide-ranging scope are these titles' strengths. Indeed, the books are almost limited by their extensive coverage, but they do provide starting points for research.Laura Glaser, Euless Junior High School, TX
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Clothing and status For thousands of years, clothing, jewelry, and hairstyles have been used to show wealth and power. Kings, queens, and people of nobility wore garments made of the finest fabrics, decorated with jewels, to display their wealth. They also wore crowns to show that they are different from ordinary people, and long, flowing robes, as a sign that they do not have to do hard physical work. Plain, simple clothes can also make a statement. They either suggest that the wearer is poor and humble, or that they have more important things to think about than the way they look.