The Ancient Chinese World
ISBN: 0195171020
EAN13: 9780195171020
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 1, 2005
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 9.6" L x 7.6" W
Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

Pangu, a god asleep inside a giant black egg for 18,000 years, wakes up to create the world. Liu Bang, the founder of a Chinese dynasty, begins his life as a peasant. Sun Tzu, a fearless war strategist, writes one of the most popular books of all time. These are just a few of the captivating figures you'll meet in The Ancient Chinese World.

Terry Kleeman and Tracy Barrett use a rich variety of intriguing primary sources-turtle shells, clay pots, an ancient wall, folk songs, poetry, and more-to construct a lively history of the politicians, farmers, warriors, and philosophers who created and shaped the ancient Chinese world. They also show us the fascinating process of constructing the historical jigsaw puzzle. Archaeologists discover a 400,000-year-old skull near modern-day Beijing and determine that it is one of our earliest human ancestors. A scholar who is prescribed dragon bones to cure an illness realizes that the bones-which are actually turtle shells-contain ancient Chinese writing used to send messages to the gods. The fantastic discovery of Lady Hao's tomb reveals that in ancient China a powerful woman led soldiers into battle. The letters exchanged by two military leaders show not only how the Chinese invented the sword, but also how they used the kite as a military weapon. Using these ancient artifacts and writings, Kleeman and Barrett weave the dramatic story of rulers, writers, soldiers, and citizens who made up the fascinating and unique world of ancient China.

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   The best volume of the Ancient Series
My plans couldn't keep up with the pace of the kids' reading. It's wonderful! Reads like an award winning YA novel and presents Chinese history with its unfamiliar names and language in a thorough and yet rigorous manner. Next year I am going to build a whole, longer unit around this one volume and skip a book in the series that covers a period that the kids get over and over, in favor of more time for this gem.
   Helps understand and teach conceptually
The books helped me understand how the Chinese civilization evolved. Excellent examples of artartifacts that demonstrate what the author is explaining are included.
   Can't tell if it is a copy or not
I'm not sure about the paper quality. I own the whole series. The paper is missing from this book. Excellent binding. The paper is not the same as the other volumes I have. This is odd.
   A good kid-friendly introduction
Kleeman andBarrett have a good book for kids, full of sidebars, graphics and stories, which offers a good sample of fascinating angles on ancient China. It's a step or two short of an interactive CD rom. The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization is the author's book.