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Wonders of the World Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book) Paperback – December 2, 2003
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The 27 wonders are: the Parthenon, Temple of Artemis, the Olympian Zeus, Mausoleum, Colossus of Rhodes, Lighthouse of Alexandria, Pyramids at Giza, Great Sphinx, Abu Simbel, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Petra, Persepolis, Stonehenge, Colosseum, Taj Mahal, Shwedagon Pagoda, Borobudur Temple, Angkor Wat, Great Wall of China, Stone Heads of Easter Island, Banaue Rice Terraces, Machu Picchu, Tikal, Palenque, Tenochtitlan, Mont-Saint-Michel and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
This book contains pictures of: Parthenon, Temple of Artemis, Statue of Zeus, Mausoleum, Colossus of Rhodes, Lighthouse of Alexandria, Pyramids of Giza, Great Sphinx, Abu Simbel, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Petra, Persepolis, Stonehenge, Colosseum, Taj Mahal, Shwedagon Pagoda, Borobudur Temple, Angkor Wat, Great Wall, Stone Heads, Banaue Rice Terraces, Machu Picchu, Tikal, Palenque, Tenohctitlan, Mont-Saint-Michel, and Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Not only is it inexpensive, but this coloring book is a great teaching tool. By coloring a "wonder of the world," a child must pay attention to detail, with the end result of really looking at the work. Additionally, at the bottom of each page is a short paragraph with representative information about each wonder. Sooo--in coloring 30 pictures a child will acquire a short history of 30 works. Some places still exist, others exist just on pages of history books (and original documents which are kept under lock and key for protection from wear and tear and environmental pollution). As librarian, I wanted to show that books can take the reader to places "far flung" (including history) and reveal the glories of human imagination and ingenuity of both creations and books to record those creations.
Some of the 30 works include the Parthenon (in its current "ruined" or "robbed" state), Statue of Zeus, Pyramids of Giza, Lighthouse of Alexandria, Petra, Stonehenge, Angkor Wat, Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Mont. St. Michel, Tikal, Tag Mahal, the Colosseum, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
I used this book last week for the first time and discovered happenstance that these pictures make great flashcards. The first time I went through the sheets, I had to identify most of the places--for third grade and below. By middle school, students know the majority of these wonders and easily acquired additional information, plus a chance to renew their artistic creativity. A teacher or parent cannot ask much more of a fine resource such as this coloring book!