The ancient city of Mesopotamia was located in the Middle East and was made up of empires such as the Babylonian Empire, Assyrian Empire, Persian Empire, and Phoenician Empire. Readers will explore these incredible empires and discover how each made contributions and influenced the world as it exists today. The fascinating sidebars filled with captivating facts work in conjunction with the vibrant, alluring images to engage and excite readers as they learn about the Sumerian society, Hebrews, Phoenicians, nomads, and more! A glossary and index are provided to aid in better understanding of the content.
Hammurabi was king of Babylon and later became the king of Mesopotamia. This fascinating biography introduces readers to Babylonian history and explains how Hammurabi changed Mesopotamia. Through appealing photos and images and intriguing facts, readers will also learn about the Persian Empire, the form of writing called cuneiform, Gilgamesh, Cyrus the Great, Darius, and other kings and rulers of ancient times. Featuring a glossary and index for support, children will be sure to be enthralled as well as enlightened as they read from cover to cover!
The Mayas, Incas, and Aztecs were three groups of people found living in the ancient Americas, including the Andes Mountains and a city named Tenochtitlán. This intriguing book features details about these three incredible civilizations and explores how each of them fell when Spanish explorers found their settlements. Through detailed images and maps, captivating sidebars and facts, and an accessible glossary and index, readers will learn about leaders like Moctezuma as well as how these civilizations used farming, hieroglyphics, and glyphs to create their unique cultures.
Many different people have lived in India for thousands of years. Readers will learn about some of the people who have lived there and influenced the Indian religions, culture, and way of life. Featuring vivid photos, maps, stunning facts, supportive text, and an accessible glossary and index, this book allows readers to explore such topics as The Mauryan Empire, The Gupta Empire caste systems, The Mughal Empire, King Ashoka, Aryans, Buddha, Mohandus Gandhi, and the Taj Mahal. Interesting and engaging, children will be motivated and excited to learn as they move through the pages!
Even though the Roman Empire ended in A.D. 476, its legacy still lives on today. Julius Caesar, gladiators, aquaducts, and The Colosseum are just a few of the topics discussed in this incredible book that uses vibrant, beautiful photos and intriguing facts to teach readers about the Roman Empire. Featuring a glossary, index, and easy-to-read text, this book will have children both engaged and fascinated as they learn what a big impact the Romans had on the past and on our lives today.
This fascinating book reveals how various civilizations, Greek gods, and Greek wars influenced Greek culture. The beautiful images, stunning facts, and supportive text work together to teach readers about Greek philosophy, the city-states of Greece, Athens, Sparta, Acropolis, Minoan civilization, and Plato. Readers will be captivated by the vibrant photos and engaging facts about such incredible Greek creations that are still in our world today, like The Acropolis, The Illiad, and The Odyssey. A glossary and index are featured to aid in better understanding of the content and vocabulary.
Chinese culture has changed greatly over the years, but the Chinese people still celebrate the great changes in their culture and nation. This appealing book will teach readers about the incredible history of China, the Great Wall, and the various dynasties that ruled, including the Shang, Zhou, Qin, Han, and Ming. Readers will also discover Chinese philosophies that are still practiced today, such as Confucianism and Taoism. The stunning photos, incredible facts, and engaging sidebars work in conjunction with the easy-to-read text, helpful table of contents, and accessible glossary and index to provide readers with a reading experience that is both enjoyable and informative.
From pharaohs to hieroglyphics, readers will learn all about the Egyptian dynasty in this fascinating book! The appealing photos and engaging text invite readers to learn about the Ancient Egyptian civilization, the construction of the great pyramids, mummies, Alexander the Great, Ptolemy, Mark Antony, and Cleopatra. Working in conjunction with easy-to-read text, the table of contents, glossary, and index combine to create a helpful and accommodating learning tool.
From King Louis XVI to Naploean Bonaparte, readers will discover the incredible people, ideas, and battles that lived and occurred during the French Revolution. The captivating photos and images and compelling facts work in conjunction with the supportive text, glossary, and index to provide an engaging and exciting reading experience as children learn about the storming of the Bastille, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizens, Robespierre, and King Louis XVI's wife, Marie Antoinette.
How did the universe work? How did the human mind learn? What kind of government was best? These are some of the questions that people asked during the Age of Ideas, or the Enlightenment. Readers will learn about some of the most important aspects, ideas, and people of this time, including John Locke, David Hume, Voltaire, Copernicus, and Romanticism. Through intriguing facts and engaging sidebars, readers will also discover the incredible outcomes of the Scientific Revolution and how scientists like Galileo, Isaac Newton, and Johannes Keplar changed the way people see the world! The colorful images and supportive text work together to help readers understand the major impact the French Revolution had on the French people, as well as the influence it had on the American Revolution.
While the old Roman Empire of the west crumbled to ruin, the Byzantines grew strong and powerful, creating such cities as Constantinople. Under such leaders as Constantine and Justinian the Great, the Byzantine Empire flourished. Readers will discover how the Byzantines transformed Christianity, protected Europe from would-be invaders, and later carried the seeds of the Renaissance to Italy during their thousand-year reign. Through eye-catching images, engaging facts, and easy to read text, readers can learn all about the Edict of Mila, feudalism, Byzantine art, the Ottoman Empire, Kurds, as well as the Byzantine-established religion of Eastern Orthodoxy. A glossary and index are provided to give readers the tools they need to better understand the content.
Robbery, gunfights, murder--outlaws ran rampant all across the Wild West! Readers will be introduced to some of the most famous robbers and outlaws of the Wild West in this enthralling nonficton title. With vivid images, informational text, and incredible facts and stories about such well-known figures as Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, and Jesse James, readers will be engaged from cover to cover!
Introduce readers to some of the most well-known criminals and tyrants of the past with this fascinating nonfiction book! Featuring intriguing facts and theories, colorful images, and informational text in conjunction with a glossary of terms, a bibliography, and a list of helpful websites with more information, readers will want to learn all they can about ancient history and the bad guys and gals from the past.
Discover captivating historical facts in this informational text that focuses on the life and times of George Washington and his partnership with his secretary and “right-hand man,” Alexander Hamilton. This nonfiction reader includes letters, photographs, newspaper articles, maps, and other primary sources that will captivate middle school students while building their critical-literacy skills. This book includes: text features such as captions, bold print, a glossary, and an index increase understanding and build academic vocabulary; a “Your Turn!” activity challenges students to connect to a primary source through a writing activity. A must-read, this engaging book is sure to deepen students' understanding social studies content and challenge them to analyze multiple perspectives through the use of primary source images, a primary source activity, and a document-based assessment.
The beloved fictional Harry Potter calls England his home. Though his world is imaginary, it includes many of England’s actual landmarks. In this profile of the real England, kids will learn the facts about the European country that serves as the setting for many of their favorite stories.
Did you know that at first Parisians disliked the addition of the Eiffel Tower to their city? They thought the landmark, which is now France’s most famous, was ugly! This children’s title narrates a sightseeing trip around France. Readers can judge the beauty of the country’s landmarks and culture for themselves.
India has its very own Hollywood—the rhyming Bollywood! The thousands of Bollywood films that are released every year put the songs, dances, and colors of India in the spotlight. Upper-elementary students are invited to a special viewing of a country with a memorable flavor.
Iraq gets a lot of bad publicity. People hear regularly about the country’s troubles without learning about its achievements. For example, you’ve maybe never heard that Iraqis invented the wheel, sailboat, and plow! This title takes young readers past news headlines to tell the full story of Iraq.
Two thousand years ago, Italy was known for its spectacles. Rome’s famous Colosseum hosted epic sports contests and gladiator fights. In this book, Italy is on display to engage fluent young readers. Kids will be especially amazed by ancient Italian architecture.
In the United States, a bow is most often taken by a performer at the end of a concert or play. But in Japan, a bow is the traditional gesture to greet another person. This country close-up teaches upper-elementary students Japanese customs and much more about the Asian island nation.
Mexico is a cactus capital. Giant cardon, the world’s tallest cactuses, grow in the Sonoran Desert. They reach heights up to 63 feet! And Mexicans also eat the stems of prickly pear cactuses like vegetables! This country profile takes kids south of the border to explore Mexico.
Russia is a rare transcontinental country, with its small western part belonging to Europe and its large eastern part belonging to Asia. The dividing line is the Ural Mountains. Fluent readers will see both sides of Russia and discover the cultural elements that unite all of its people.
Choosing just one animal mascot to represent the country of Australia is difficult! The marsupial contenders alone include the kangaroo, koala, and wombat. Then there are the predator options like the dingo and saltwater crocodile. After learning all about Australia in this title, fluent readers just might make a mascot pick!
Brazil has a monopoly over about half of the South American landscape. The country covers more than 3 million square miles of the continent! In this snapshot of Brazil, young readers will especially enjoy touring the Amazon Rain Forest and the country’s other unique biomes.
O Canada! The opening words of the Canadian national anthem are a fitting exclamation for appreciating the country sometimes called the True North. Canada’s untouched wilderness, Arctic animals, and native peoples are all worthy of a shout-out. This read points out to capable young readers what makes Canada special.