- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Series: Welcome to the Museum
- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: Big Picture Press (September 8, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763679844
- ISBN-13: 978-0763679842
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.6 x 14.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Historium: Welcome to the Museum Hardcover – September 8, 2015
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Gr 4–8—This museum-style exhibition of world culture goes beyond simply covering the Greek, Roman, and Egyptian worlds by encompassing southern African, Polynesian, and Hopewell cultures. The work begins with a general introduction to archaeology and provides a full-spread time line for reference. An index cites the museum locations of the depicted artifacts. The strength of this work is the gorgeous exhibits, presented in full color on oversize pages. Each exhibit begins with a brief overview of a specific culture. The presentation is less cluttered than that of DK's popular "Eyewitness" series, as most pages contain no more than six items. Readers will discover household articles, such as Pueblo jars, as well as large-scale features, including Roman mosaics. Thorough captions provide context. Wilkinson's illustrations of the various artifacts are photorealistic, with exacting detail. Only a few statuary pieces come off as obvious illustrations. The objects stand out on the pages, the backgrounds set in bold, solid colors. The chapters, called "Galleries," are arranged by continent, and the various exhibitions are further broken down into culture groups. In certain galleries, which focus on precise historical periods, the cultural groups are presented chronologically; in the case of America, the section on the Olmec is followed by the Maya and then the Aztecs. This book accomplishes a difficult goal: providing a high-interest visual experience that also has informational depth. VERDICT A beautiful addition to any elementary or middle school library, this work is the closest readers will come to attending a museum without leaving home.—Jeffrey Meyer, Mt. Pleasant Public Library, IA
This book accomplishes a difficult goal: providing a high-interest visual experience that also has informational depth. A beautiful addition to any elementary or middle school library, this work is the closest readers will come to attending a museum without leaving home.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
From Stone Age tools to Egyptian canopic jars and an 11th-century Iranian bowl featuring an early calligraphic form of Arabic, Wilkinson’s striking replications and Nelson’s informative descriptions offer insight into objects both sacred and mundane.
...an effective way to pique the interest of history-loving kids.
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Following the introduction or “Entrance” and a short article answering the question “What is Archaeology?” a two-page illustration shows a timeline on which artifacts have been chronologically superimposed. This section provides an overview of the content of “Historium” and leads into the more specific “Galleries” (chapters) of the text. Each of the Galleries consists of a brief discussion and a key to the illustrations shown on the facing page, designated as a plate. Individual discussions begin by showing the name of the artifact, the approximate date it was created, and then the brief but informative text.
The illustrations alone make “Historium” a volume that anyone who appreciates artwork will want to add to their personal library. Softly colored pictures have the appearance of hand-drawn pen and ink illustrations that were common in journals during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The drawings are detailed, having depth and dimension. Printed on heavy, ivory or aged ivory-colored pages, the entire volume seems to be a vintage book that one might discover in an attic or antique emporium.
The volume concludes with an subject index, an index of the museums and collections housing the artifacts, a brief overview of the Curators, and finally, image credits as some illustrations were based on photographs.
“Historium” is a beautiful volume that is suitable for display as a coffee table book – it measures approximately 14 7/8” X 10 7/8” – or as a book for anyone, regardless of age, fascinated by history and antiquities. In light of the destruction of many ancient treasures, this is a significant book. It may serve as an introduction to and a means of preserving the memory of those artifacts for future generations. Five stars!
I do prefer the DK series over this book, because they are simply packed with photographs and information, whereas this book is carefully curated to show only one or, at most, two objects to represent a place and time and culture.
No connection made between west African cultures and Yucatan cultures; no connections made between western south American cultures and Polynesian cultures; absolute lack of northwest north American cultures.