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How to Be an Aztec Warrior Hardcover – June 1, 2005

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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: How to Be
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792236173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792236177
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,617,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The back of this National Geographic volume announces "Warriors Needed," and asks its young readers "How would you like to join the team that defends your people and your homeland?" It explains that your main duties as a Aztec warrior will be to defend your city against invaders, conquer new territory, control conquered peoples and collecting tribute from them, and taking captives to sacrifice to the gods. Just hurry to the main square of your city when you hear the beat of the big drum and you will be taking the first key step in learning "How to Be an Aztec Warrior."

Written by Fiona Macdonald and illustrated by Dave Antram and Mark Bergin, this book asks young readers to imagine that they are living in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan between A.D. 1300 and 1500 (in other words, right before the Spanish invaders will arrive in Mexico and destroy the Aztec Empire within two years). So basically you would be joining up during the height of the empire and can avoiding being killed by the diseases and guns the Spanish will bring to your land. The book takes a very practical approach to this topic, as well it should being a National Geographic "How to Be" volume. If you are part of a noble family you can become a top military officer, otherwise forget it. But if you are loyal to your "calpulli" (clan or large family group), went to the right school, and can handle weapons, then you can enlist and as soon as you take your first prisoner you can cut your hair (Aztec warriors would rather capture enemy soldiers, so that they can be sacrificed to the gods, then kill them).

Actually, "How to Be an Aztec Warrior" gets beyond what you need to be a good warrior, by asking questions--such as "Will You Miss Home Cooking?
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