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I Wonder Why the Greeks Built Temples: and Other Questions About Ancient Greece Hardcover – April 15, 1997

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: I Wonder Why
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; 1st edition (April 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753450569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753450567
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,561,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 2-4--These introductions to ancient Greece and Rome present information in a question-and-answer format. Double-page spreads include a large, full-color illustration; two or three related questions and answers; and small cartoons with captions that provide more details and sometimes humorous anecdotes. The texts are descriptive and easy to understand. Sections cover everyday life, customs, religion, government, famous people, military life, etc. One minor error in Romans--the author presents a story about the holy geese that lived on Capitoline Hill and how they warned citizens of an enemy attack by quacking. Otherwise, these titles are eye-catching grabbers that entertain and may inspire readers to move on to further reading about ancient cultures. Not enough information for school reports, but good material for browsers.

Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR

Copyright 1997 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


"Provides young children with an excellent starting point for exploring their universe." --Child Education

"Designed to capture the imagination." --School Library Journal

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a simple introduction for a small child or older child who's not into history. Written in question and answer format it makes the information accessible, if however, disjointed. There is nothing in here about the ideas of Greece or her military campaigns or why she's important to western civilization. But information on how Greeks drank wine, when they married, etc. gives the child familiarity with Greeks as people. The answer to why Greeks built temples is to provide homes for their gods. If you're looking for a painless introduction to the word "Greece", this book is it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ancient worlds are revisited in Greeks Built Temples by Fiona MacDonald. Youngsters will smile at the rollicking illustrations of days long past, while they visit the site of the world's first shopping mall, and see what Emperor Augustus did about high-rise apartments.

Published in the Kingfisher series "I Wonder Why," this amazingly complete text leaves little to wonder about as data is skillfully woven into sometimes comically recreated scenes from early everyday life.
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