Monday, October 30, 2017

The Romans by Suzan Boshouwers -- NOT RECOMMENDED

Boshouwers, Suzan Want to Know History: The Romans, illustrated by Veronica Nahmias. NONFICTION. Clavis Publishing, 2017. $16.95. Content: PG-13.

This book provides information on the early Romans, including their religious practices, daily routines, and soldier training.

This is a very busy book. While the information is often interesting, there are so many asides and definitions as to make it somewhat confusing. Still, it is the surprising and completely unnecessary nudity that pushes this one over the edge. In the story of Romulus and Remus, for example, the little boys are naked and suckling on a she-wolf. And the spread on bathing shows illustrations of a bustling pool house with many unclad or half-clad men and boys walking along the edge, bathing, and sitting around on the sides. Although the Romulus and Remus myth and the bath-house history are both interesting, they could have been shown at a level that is appropriate for the book's elementary-aged audience. (i.e. why on earth is there unnecessary nudity in a book for young children?)

EL -- NOT RECOMMENDED. Reviewed by Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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