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Tools and Treasures of the Ancient Maya (Searchlight Books - What Can We Learn from Early Civilizations?) Paperback – January 1, 2014
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This introduction gives young readers an overview of ancient Mayan civilization. The text can be a bit repetitive as it discusses the daily life and culture of the Mayans, but the illustrations are visually appealing. Set against an attractive design, images showcasing various aspects of Mayan culture, especially the carvings and statues, will catch kids’ eyes. Every photo has a short caption or a question that refers back to the text, sometimes only a few sentences below the topic it refers to. This can be a clunky way to get readers to process the information, but it does reinforce the facts. Readers will be intrigued by the mysterious demise of the Mayan civilization, which may lead them to the short bibliography and list of websites appended. Grades 3-5. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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<div>Matt Doeden was born in southern Minnesota and lived parts of his childhood in Golden Valley, Minnesota, and Madison, Minnesota. He studied journalism at Mankato State University, where he worked at the college newspaper for three years. In his senior year, he served as the paper's Sports Editor, which put him in charge of the entire sports section, the sports writers, and the photographers. He covered mostly college sports, but also the Minnesota Vikings, who held training camp at MSU. His work allowed him to meet and interview people like Dennis Green, Cris Carter, Robert Smith, and more. Matt went on to work as a sports writer for the Mankato paper, and then he got a job as an editor with a small children's publisher called Capstone Press, and in 2003 he decided to start his own business as a freelance writer and editor. Since then Matt has written and edited hundreds of books. Lots of them are on high-interest topics like cars, sports, and airplanes. He also writes and edits on geography, science, and even math.</div>
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