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Lost City: The Discovery of Machu Picchu Paperback – October 11, 2012
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Machu Picchu was named one of the NEW seven wonders of the world in 2007 and Bingham's "discovery" of Machu Picchu celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. My 7-year-old stared at the images in Lewin's book in awe, and could relate to the boy who leads Bingham to the incredible stonework ruins that straddle two magnificent peaks of the might Andes. This is a terrific introduction to a legendary story of a legendary people.
There's enough detail to make the story interesting for adults to read aloud. The inclusion of the little boy who helps Bingham locate the lost city makes the story even more enticing for young readers. My daughter remembered all the facts from the story and was so excited to see the real place and learn that it was a true story.
I very strongly recommend this book for young kids interested in Andean peoples or who will be visiting Machu Picchu.
This is not the story of Machu Picchu but of the discovery of this lost city by Hiram Bingham in 1911.
The hardcover is 9.5 X 11, a good size for small hands to hold and even better to see the vibrant watercolor images throughout the story. The author/illustrator totally captures the imagination. To start a story with a very small boy looking very small high up in these very tall Andes mountains commands attention. The dwellings and the flora seem very to reflect the site well.
Lewin's rendering of the stone walls in Cuzco is dramatic especially when he puts humans next to them. Our little one's attention never strayed. There is a mini lesson in culture as local costumes---hats, shoes, ponchos, narrow streets---give the flavor of the area.
Lewin does as well on nature scenes. Wild canyons, rivers, granite cliffs are rendered in beautiful colors ensuring a child's attention. The illustration of Bingham crossing river torrents on a flimsy bridge on his hands and knees is something many of us can relate to. The jungle scene with almost hidden snakes makes one sit up.
The fact that a real boy led Bingham to this magnificent ruin is exciting to a child and is the stuff dreams are made of. Of course, if you're the adult reading the story to the child you will have questions to contend with, such as "What happened to the little boy?" "When can we go?" "Where does Mr. Bingham live now?" OK Google, here we come.
Parents and librarians, this is a good book to have available for your young charges to read.
I think the illustrations are beautiful and the story held my nephew's attention.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a book for very small children and provides only rudimentary information on Machu Picchu. I was disappointed.Published 7 months ago by K. B. Harding
It is the story in our reading book in class. I just wanted the students to know it is a real book.Published 12 months ago by Hollie
It is short story and that's all. When I got this book, I read all for 30 mins and done. It is easy read but it is not a lot of descriptive and illustration like history.Published 20 months ago by Laura J. Urrutia