Saturday, February 10, 2018

Historium by Jo Nelson - ESSENTIAL

Nelson, Jo Historium, illustrated by Richard Wilkinson, 96 pages. NON-FICTION.  Templar Company Limited, 2015, $35. Language: G Rating: G (0 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

Enjoy a walk through a world history museum through the pages of this fascinating book.  This beautifully illustrated book travels through time and highlights some of the most important artifacts from different continents.  The following areas are included Africa, America, Asia, Europe, The Middle East, and Oceania.  I love the layout of this book and how the illustrations help to tell the story.  You’ll find such treasures as the Buddha head, the Mayan Calendar, an Ancient Greek Marble Temple column, to a double headed mosaic just to name a few.

The illustrations and descriptions keep you moving through the book pretty quickly.  My only complaint is the size of the book is fairly large.  It’s 11”x 15”  It will struggle to fit on a regular library shelf.  I enjoyed the page that shows a  timeline of key artifacts and when the were created.  It helps the students get a visual.  I’m captivated by the history and the perfect snapshot that is gives of ancient times.

EL, MS, HS - ESSENTIAL, Emilee, Library Teacher

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