From School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Three consistent, accurate, and interesting titles in a series that literally "uncovers" history. Patent's enthusiasm for these subjects, which were buried for centuries, is contagious. In the first title, the author discusses the mystery behind the creation of China's Buried Warriors, the thousands of terra-cotta statues belonging to Qin Shihuangdi, the First Emperor of China, and excavated in 1974. The author's text makes for fascinating reading and the explanations are clear. While Pompeii gives no new information, students will appreciate its fresh and helpful format and illustrations. Spanish Main discusses the sinking of Spanish galleons near the Florida Keys in the 1600s and the subsequent salvage of their riches (including 27 tons of silver). It will interest fans of undersea exploration and budding historians alike. The books are well illustrated and include clear, color photographs of the sites and artifacts, reproductions, and maps. The glossaries are right on the mark, and excellent background information is highlighted in sidebars and time lines. Three worthwhile purchases.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL
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