Monday, April 30, 2018

The Middle Ages: New Conquests and Dynasties by John Farndon - OPTIONAL

Farndon, John The Middle Ages: New Conquests and Dynasties, 32 pages.  NON-FICTION. Hungry Tomato (Lerner), 2018.  $20.

This book picks up from where the Rise of Civilization book leaves off –with the Middle Age and ends with the Age of Explorers in the 1500s. It touches on Knights and Castles, Vikings, and much more. Pages are presented as world map with facts and figures strewn throughout.

If a student could get past the busy and unappealing cover and there were in interested in the middle ages –they would enjoy reading through all the tiny facts in this book. That being said, I think students would rather go for a DK middle ages book or one features a knight or Viking in action. I do like that this book touches on other parts of the world besides Europe and the achievements of those people. I have an entire shelf full of middle ages books, so I don’t think I would add this one.

EL – OPTIONAL Stephanie, Elementary School Librarian & Author

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