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Nonfiction, Civilization

VI. Nonfiction, Civilization

Ancient Greece, illus. Peter Connolly; text by Andrew Solway.
Oxford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0199108102.
Ancient Greece, written by Anne Pearson.
Eyewitness Books. Knopf, 1992. ISBN 0-679-81682-8.
Ancient Rome, illus. Peter Connolly; text by Andrew Solway.
Oxford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0199108099.
Ancient Rome, by Simon James.
1992. ISBN 0-679-80741-1. Hardcover, 48 pages (includes see-through pages). Ages 8 and up. (Available from the AIA's "Eureka" catalog.)
The Cavalryman (ISBN 0199104247) and The Legionary (ISBN 0199104255), by Peter Connolly.
Oxford University Press Childrens Books, 1998. The Roman World Series. Ages 9-12. 
Peter Connolly has reconstructed the life of a Roman soldier, Tiberius Claudius Maximus, by using a vast array of archaeological material, including tombstones and Roman documents written on papyrus. The Legionary and its sequel The Cavalryman trace Maximus's career from the day he entered the Seventh Legion on the Danube frontier to the day he retired as a cavalry officer in Mesopotamia some 30 years later. These are two of many books by Peter Connolly on the ancient world for both children and adults. All are beautifully illustrated with painstaking detail.
The Children's Picture World History (Usborne). Series Editor: Jenny Tyler.
vol. I: The First Civilizations (10,000 BC - 1500 BC. Stone Age settlers, the world's oldest cities, Sumerians, Babylon, Egypt, Indus Valley civilization, Cretans, ).
vol. II: Warriors and Seafarers (1500 BC - 500 BC. Egypt, Hittites and Assyrians, Babylon, Myceneans, Old Testament peoples).
vol. III: Empires and Barbarians (500 BC - AD 600. Ancient China, Mongols, Celts, Persians, Greeks and Romans), by Patricia Vanags, Illus. Joseph McEwan. ISBN 0-86020-142-2.
City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction, by David Macaulay.
HarperCollins, 1974. ISBN 0 00 192151 7 (HB), 0 00192157 6 (PB). Part of a well-received series of architectural picture books (other titles are Cathedral, Pyramid, and Castle). Fully illustrated with clear line drawings.
Count Your Way Through Greece, by Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson, Illus. Janice Lee Porter.
Carolrhoda Books, Minneapolis, 1996. ISBN 0-87614-875-5 (lib. bdg.), 0-87614-973-5 (pbk.). Introduction to Greek culture, using the numbers one through ten in Modern Greek, which are written in Greek characters (not without typos!) with pronunciation help. Nice balance between ancient and modern material. For school-age kids.
The Kingfisher Book of the Ancient World by Hazel Mary Martell
Kingfisher Books, Paperback Reprint edition, 1997. Ages 9-12. ISBN: 0753450097.
Life in Ancient Rome: How Children Lived in Rome 2,000 Years Ago, by William Crouch, Illus. Robin Lawrie.
Derrydale Books, 1990. Pictures of the Past. ISBN 0-517-03555-3.
Pandora's Box: A Three-Dimensional Celebration of Greek Mythology, by Christos Kondeatis and Sara Maitland.
Bulfinch Press. ISBN 0-8212-2204-X. Attractive and fun, this book takes the pop-up book medium to new heights with every variety of pop-up, pull-out,fold-out, and activity. The material includes e.g. architecture and history as well as mythology.
The Roman Colosseum, by Elizabeth Mann
Mikaya Press, 1998. A Wonders of the World Book. ISBN 0-9650493-3-7 (hardcover). Ages 8 and up. A wealth of clearly presented information on the history of the Colosseum and its spectacles, including a great deal of general Roman historical background. There is a large, colorful illustration (either a painting or a photograph) facing every page; a map, a timeline, a glossary, an index, and a box of "Facts" giving the amphitheater's dimensions. Very attractive! Also in this series, by the same author: The Great Pyramid, the Great Wall, The Panama Canal, The Brooklyn Bridge.
Rome Antics, by David Macaulay.
Houghton Mifflin Co. Boston, 1997. ISBN 0-395-82289-3. Line drawings show the flight of a homing pigeon through Rome and its monuments, which are explained individually in an appendix in the back.
Spotlights Series
Oxford University Press. "Each 46 page book is heavily illustrated in full color throughout with detailed drawings of people and activities, artifacts, and cutaway views of architecture. Times gone by come alive as young people (grades 3-5) read about and see how families lived É 'Spotlights' in the text alert young readers to objects that can often be found in museums. Includes a glossary and index." List price
  • The Romans, by John Haywood.
  • The Ancient Greeks, by Charles Freeman
  • The Egyptians, by Neil Grant
  • Prehistoric Life, by Dougal Dixon.
Treasure Chests: Ancient Rome, by Lynn Brittney.
Quarto Children's Books, 1998. ISBN 0-7624-0351-9. Attractively designed folding and locking book-shaped chest, with an illustrated booklet on ancient Rome and lots of fun activities: make your own laurel wreath; unroll a scroll for toga-wrapping instructions; write on wax tablets with a stylus (this one I found a little disappointing, but maybe my expectations were too high); build a paper model of a Roman villa, and more! Approx. ages 8 and up.
The Ultimate Greece & Rome Sticker Book.
Dorling Kindersley, Ltd., London, 1994. ISBN 1-56458-716-9. Peel-off stickers, and brief descriptions of objects, art, and artifacts.
The Usborne Book of the Ancient World. Designed by Iain Ashman, Radhi Parekh, and Robert Walster. Illus. Robert Walster, Peter Dennis, Richard Draper, Louise Nixon, and Gerald Wood. History Consultant: George Hart.
London, 1991. ISBN 0-7460-1233-0. Contains: Early Civilization; the Greeks; the Romans; Index.