Thursday, May 22, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

The Middle Ages: An Interactive History Adventure by Allison Lassieur, 105 pages.
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Both reluctant and enthusiastic young readers will find themselves thoroughly engrossed in this new interactive medieval history adventure because they’ll find it very easy to imagine that they are actually present in that long-ago time.
With three story paths, 45 choices and twenty-one endings, readers can choose who they are, what they do and what outcome their adventure will have. Their story can end successfully or badly, depending on the choices they have made. Directions are given at the bottom of each page, and after one path is finished, readers can go back and read the others for more adventure and an alternative adventure.
Fans of the popular “Choose Your Own Adventures” will easily recognize the format used so effectively in this interactive history adventure and others in the same series (World War II Spies, “The Aztec Empire and Ancient China).
Stories of the knights, kings, queens and castles of the Middle Ages have always held a special appeal for children, and this book will fascinate as well as inform. Illustrations, a timeline, glossary and other factual content about this time in history are included.
** Recommended for ages eight to 11.
t’s a Feudal, Feudal World: A Different Medieval History by Stephen Shapiro, 44 pages.
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The medieval world was both feudal and cruel. It was a dangerous time, one in which kings and queens went to war often – sometimes for land, sometimes for power and sometimes for religion. Land was given to knights and nobles for their services in battle and war. In turn, they protected the farmers and peasants who worked that land. This was known as “the feudal system.”
Contrary to popular opinion, however, wars, battles and the feudal way of life weren’t the only things going on in the Middle Ages.
It was also an age in which magnificent churches and cathedrals were constructed, trade routes to Asia were expanded and many parts of the “new” world were discovered. And, although literacy advanced very slowly in the Middle Ages, the printing press (one of the most important advances in human history) was invented during that time, helping to set the world on a new course of reading, learning and awareness.
Stephen Shapiro’s book provides a brief “inside scoop” on life in the Middle Ages and dispels some of the myths that are commonly held about this time period – which was anything but simple.  Suitable for both avid and reluctant readers, it’s filled with intriguing facts that will surprise even adults.
** Recommended for ages eight to 11.
Published in the Stratford Gazette on May 22. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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