Ancient China
Ancient China
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Annotation: Examines the culture of ancient China and important Chinese inventions such as gunpowder, paper, and movable type.
Catalog Number: #600030647
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Compass Point
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: c2013
Pages: 48 p.
Territory: North America
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: 0-7565-4623-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-7565-4623-6
Dewey: 931
Language: English
School Library Journal
VANVOORST, Jennifer Fretland . The Ancient Maya . ISBN 978-0-7565-4564-2 ; ISBN 978-0-7565-4584-0 . LC 2012001966. VANVOORST, Jennifer Fretland . The Byzantine Empire . ISBN 978-0-7565-4565-9 ; ISBN 978-0-7565-4586-4 . LC 2012001994. ea vol: 48p. (Exploring the Ancient World Series). maps. photos. reprods. bibliog. chron. further reading. glossary. index. websites. Compass Point . 2012. PLB $28.65; pap. $8.95. Gr 6&11;8&12; These handsome volumes provide broad overviews of each civilization. The long spans of time make depth impossible, but the authors attempt to give a balanced look at the lives of both the nobility and the common people. Topics vary according to the civilization but include advancements in science and knowledge, the arts, social structures, religious practices, and the causes for the civilization's eventual demise. Ancient China covers the dynasties beginning with Xia and ending with Qing. VanVoorst emphasizes the critical role the Byzantine Empire played in protecting Greek and Roman knowledge and the advancement of Christianity in Western Europe and ultimately North America. Maya notes the gradual restructuring of Mayan society leading up to its destruction by the Spaniards. Occasional topical pages provide background information. The design includes tinted pages, border art, and photo frames. Each title includes maps, a table listing periods or rulers, and well-chosen photographs and art reproductions. (Unfortunately most captions fail to identify the actual location of the artifact or artwork.) A concluding time line encapsulates major events from the text. The straightforward presentations will leave curious readers wanting to know more.&12; Carol S. Surges, Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Word Count: 5,624
Reading Level: 6.9
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.9 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 152792 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:8.5 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q61278
Lexile: 1000L
Guided Reading Level: Y

The people of ancient China called their country the Middle Kingdom. They proudly believed their land to be the center of the civilized world. Chinese inventions, including gunpowder, paper, and movable type, have shaped the modern world.

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