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Grade 5-8?While stunning, full-color photographs and illustrations continue to be the hallmark of this series, one shouldn't overlook the accompanying texts. Platt looks at the subject of piracy from the time of ancient Greece to the 19th century in double-page topic treatments. Readers are introduced to privateers, buccaneers, and corsairs, and told how they differ. Illustrations of various types of pirate ships, and the merchant vessels that were most often their targets, are particularly effective. Unfortunately, maps are few and far between and those included are too small and poorly labeled to be of much use. Building contains all of the virtues of other "Eyewitness" books, but is hampered by trying to cover too much territory. The history of building techniques, materials, and philosophy from earth-and-thatch houses to cathedrals and skyscrapers is crammed into the 64-page format. Some of the technical terms introduced, e.g., "plinth," are not adequately explained, and there is no glossary. Despite their drawbacks, both books are suitable additions to libraries.?David N. Pauli, Missoula Public Library, MT
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...a mini museum between the covers of a book. [Eyewitness series] -- The New York Times

These books' striking visual impact will draw in even the most casual readers. [Eyewitness series] -- School Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1150 (What's this?)
  • Series: DK Eyewitness Books
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children; Pck Har/CD edition (May 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756630053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756630058
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 5, 1997
Format: Hardcover
While this series is generally aimed at readers of a younger age, these magnificently illustrated books are fascinating for adults as well. "Pirate" is no exception. It is a gloriously readable book with profuse illustrations covering the history of piracy from ancient Greece to the 1800's. Dozens of captioned pictures and paragraphs of text make this a great book for browsing through when you just don't feel like serious reading. The book itself is nothing like a children's book. They could market this as an adult book without changing a thing
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By A Customer on July 14, 1999
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This book gives lots of fascinating information about the weapons and tactics pirates used. The information is divided into small fact capsules with illustrations, which keeps it from ever being boring or overwhelming. And there's so much on a page that the book's worth re-reading several times, in case of something missed or forgotten. A gotta-have for the piratically-minded!
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DK eyewitness books are some of the greatest non-fiction books around. The distinctive white background and high-quality photography gives this book an edge over any other pirate picture book. And -- these pictures are real! They're beautiful photos of historically piratey things, accompanied by informative captions and text.
Learn about Anne Bonny, a fearsome female pirate, peruse the pictures of pirate treasure, from Spanish doubloons to richly ornamented crosses. Compare the different pirate flags, and learn about who made each one. Check out the different types of ships, authentic pirate clothes and weapons, and a storehouse of other REAL pirate information.
If you know someone (young or old) who is fascinated by all things pirate, then you must introduce them to this book! It's a visual crash course in pirateness, and it's excellent!
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This is a great introduction to pirates! Fantastic. I bought my copy used (an old beat up library copy, but who cares) and I read it cover to cover the first hour or so I had it. I live near a river where Captain Kidd is supposed to have hung out, and have always had a fascination with pirates. While written for kids, this book provides an excellent starting source for adults as well, defining terms and illustration all sorts of things from ship parts to weapons to treasure maps. I'm working on a fictional book and needed some quick references and this book is ideal. You simply cannot beat DK for producing useful, fun and beautifully designed books. I would imagine boys would flip over this book.
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My pirate/man of war infatuated 5.5 year old son LOVES this book! He is more interested in the ships and since I couldn't find a decent book I thought this would do. It is his top requested book for bedtime. Very educational. I'm learning a lot too!
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I gave this as a gift to my six year old grandson and he loves the book. He is an advanced reader and loves detail so this series of books has been great for him. Even if your child is not a reader, there are a lot of pictures. So, if they love the topic (this book comes in a variety of topics), they will most likely enjoy the book.
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Love these DK books for my classroom (5th and 6th grade gifted, math and science). They are high interest and a perfect difficulty for high ability 5th and 6th graders. ALL Eyewitness DK books are 1 AR point, and most are within the 6-9 grade level range, but a few are a touch above.

I bought all these DK books used on Amazon and they have survived a few years already in my classroom library with moderately heavy use and not the greatest care from the students.

I cannot recommend DK books more, as a teacher and a parent.
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A picture is worth a thousand words, and this book has tons of them, neatly labeled. It's divided well into time periods and different part of the world, making it both easy to understand and a joy to read.
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