The legacy of past civilizations is still with us today. Explore major historical developments, cultural and scientific contributions, and the continuing impact of these past civilizations. Features include a glossary, selected bibliography, websites, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline, Essential Facts, Artifact Spotlights, and maps and infographics.
Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
- Spring 2020
- Fall 2019
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 8|
|Subject||History, Social Studies|
|Number of Pages||112|
|Title Format||Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks|
|Graphics||Full-color illustrations, Full-color photographs|
|Dimensions||9.75 x 8.5|
|Features||Detailed maps, Index, Informative sidebars, Reviewed, Sources for further research, Table of contents, and Timeline of key events|
|Online Resources||FREE! Booklinks Nonfiction Network|
Ancient Civilizations – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple
It’s rare for a series on the ancient world to distinguish itself in such a crowded field, but this set does so with well-documented, comprehensive coverage and a very attractive layout. Authors open books with an account of a pivotal moment or important leader, and subsequent chapters draw on recent scholarship and archaeological evidence to describe and analyze each culture’s origins, governance, daily life, technological and literary achievements, and strengths and weaknesses. Well-written conclusions explain the civilizations’ continuing legacies. Brief sidebars add interesting facts and outstanding “A Closer Look” spreads highlight important sites and artifacts. Striking color photos of locations, artifacts, and surviving art are a major strength. . . .This set’s readability, contemporary scholarship, and high level of detail and analysis will support advanced-level reports and draw readers. Excellent.
Ancient Aztecs (Ancient Civilizations) - Booklist
This comprehensive title lays out the history of the Aztec empire. . . . Kenney dips back into prehistory and offers chapters outlining their government structure, religious beliefs and rituals, and sophisticated innovations, among other topics. She also helpfully mentions remnants of Aztec cultures that still exist in contemporary Mexico, such as chinampas, the raised farming beds set in shallow waters that were developed by ancient Aztecs, and Nahuatl, the ancient Aztec language spoken today. . . .There’s a wealth of information and plenty of further reading suggestions to get students started on research projects.