Ancient World Magnified, by David Long | Book Review

Book Review of Ancient World Magnified
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Ancient World Magnified

Written by David Long

Illustrated by Andy Rowland

Ages 5-10 | 48 Pages

Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions | ISBN-13: 9780711249721

What to Expect: History, technology, civilization, ancient mysteries.

Evocative of a cross between a DK history book and a Where’s Waldo activity book, Ancient World Magnified is packed full of tiny, fascinating details about how people lived in the past, from Ancient Egypt to the Xiongnu Empire.

Did you know that the Pyramid of Khufu weighs over six million tons? Or that the name “Phoenician” means “purple people”? How about the fact that the first Emperor of China was only thirteen years old when he came to the throne? We can discover a lot about long-lost ancient civilizations if we look closely enough. By studying the little details of everyday life, archeology can help us understand how ancient civilizations evolved, what made them tick, and what their legacy to us today has been.

Illustrations of everyday life team with details about ancient homes, clothing, food, and ways of living. With the help of the provided magnifying glass, readers can discover new details each time they revisit a page. Each page also invites closer observation, coupled with instruction about historical terminology and facts, with a list of items readers can challenge themselves to spot. A timeline, gallery, and more search and find challenges at the back of the book encourage readers to revisit the past again and again.

Ancient World Magnified is a fun and engaging way to explore ancient history.

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About the Author

David Long writes for adults and children and specializes in history. As a journalist, he has written for the Times, Sunday Times, and London Evening Standard as well as for magazines in Britain and abroad. He is an award-winning ghostwriter and one of his own books was voted Blue Peter Book of the Year 2017.

Ancient World Magnified by David Long was reviewed by Dr. Jen Harrison. Discover more books like The Raven Heir by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with Civilization Books, History, I Spy, and Non-Fiction.

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June 3, 2022 at 09:57PM Dr. Jen Harrison