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History News: The Greek News Paperback – March 10, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Series: History News
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763641979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763641979
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Both subtitled "The Greatest Newspaper in Civilization," these informally written volumes collect "the stories that really made the headlines" during the height of the Greek and Roman empires, or would have, if those eras had enjoyed USA Today, Dear Abby and contemporary advertising. With a tabloid-style format that is smaller than an actual newspaper yet larger than standard picture books, these books present ancient history as "news," putting it into a shape and jargon familiar to kids today (see also Children's Books, p. 24). Aside from the hard news stories of the day ("Sparta Attacks!"; "Alexander Wins!"), The Greek News offers a quiz to measure how close readers come to being "the perfect Greek citizen," a piece denouncing cheating at the Olympic Games and answers to farmers' questions about suitable crops to grow (olives and grapes get the nod). "Hannibal Invades" and "Caesar Stabbed!" are among the news articles in Roman; also included are tips on buying a slave, a profile of a trader's job and a 10-step guide to hosting "fantastic feasts" (never try to squeeze more than three guests onto a couch, designate one room as a vomitorium). Timelines, copious illustrations, maps and droll ads round out each of these entertaining, deftly organized books. They will make terrific light-hearted additions to curriculum units on ancient civilizations. Ages 9-14.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5 Up. Browsable reads to whet the appetite. The "editors" (authors) of these two volumes have hit upon a unifying theme to chronicle the accomplishments of the ancients?a newspaper style. The Roman News and The Greek News are not exactly major city dailies; their format is more suggestive of a news magazine or at least a Sunday section highlighting fashion, sports, trade, food, and the military. Each page presents readable articles complete with headlines, boldface, column breaks, illustrations, and, often classifieds: instruments for sale; racing chariots built to order; reusable wax tablets. The front page (book cover) suggests a scope of approximately 1200 years, and the rise and fall of each empire is explained. A publisher's disclaimer also cautions that the ancients did not have newspapers (of course, they didn't even have paper!), but if they had, "they would have been reading...." Similar comments dart in and out of the news stories so that the entire tone is more human interest than ready reference. Such editorializing, however, only slightly distracts from the facts, which are accurate. Significant dates and events are all newsworthy. "Olympic Games Spoiled," "Caesar Stabbed," and "Hannibal Invades" are typical stories. The slightly oversized pages with decorative borders, sidebars, ads, and cartoons create an interesting layout. Many teachers would probably rejoice with the delivery of The Greek or Roman News as a project for a social-studies or whole-language unit. Kids can adopt this highly readable, albeit slightly sensationalized journalistic style. All in all, serviceable reporting.?Harriett Fargnoli, Great Neck Library, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I think reluctant readers would get more information from this book and I enjoyed it myself.
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It's an easy read and something one can get the best info from.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This was a great book. I used it along with my studying of Greek History in school. I would read out of my textbook and other books then find a section in this book to read about. It helped me understand Greece a lot better. I enjoy the little cartoons and fake advertisements put in. The articles are written in many different forms including: interviews, traveling reporters and submitted articles. It is a fun book to read and I really loved it. This book is great for anyone either studying Greece or just interested in the subject. Age 13
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Joy on November 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book has been the greatest help for my greek projects. In this book you get an easy explanation of the greeek culture with out a lot of dry information. It's an easy read and something one can get the best info from. Especially culture and war though it does an article on both dsacrifices to the god and the oracles. Easy and fun IF YOU ARE A TEACHER PLEASE PICK THIS BOOK! Your students will enjoy it! :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this book because it tells what the Greeks did in battle, how people cheated in the olympics and gives a special report on warriors in Sparta. It also tells non-fiction events in newspaper form. I think kids who don't know that much about ancient Greece would enjoy this book and learn a lot about Greece.

Michael,Age 9
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debra VINE VOICE on October 20, 2012
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I bought this book because it's in Sonlight Curriculum and I was really disappointed. It's format is interesting, but the content is like your typical history book (so and so fought this war, so and so capture this city, etc.). If your child loves history, dates and is good at remembering factual information then this might be a good fit, but it really doesn't bring history to life. There's no cohesion from one page to another or from one topic to another and you don't walk away with any great sense of what it was like to live during that time (there is some of that, but again it's not cohesive). We had just finished reading Roman Diary when we started this one and that might have contributed to my disappointment. It was just hard to get into this book and it definitely did not hold my 6 year old's attention (who can follow the plot of the Hobbit and other long and complicated books).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Natal Guzman on July 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was truly helpful in the classroom. It is a great intoduction to the Greek world. It is an ancient times new paper filled with a lot of factful information about Greek life in today's modern langauge. Kids learn about what the Greeks ate, what they wore, who went to school and who did not, about their government, religion, every day customs and even every day utensils used back then. I found myself being fascinated by this book the first time I saw it because it is a great fountain of information in just one small book. I learned a lot too!! It is not a text book, but it has just what you need to introduce the Ancient Greeks to your students.
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By OmaT on February 3, 2014
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This was kind of a random order -- it looked interesting, and I am a glutton for books. Well, it is so cool. If you read the whole thing it gives you the main events of much of Greek history, in a fun format that glides down easily. Great book!
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