Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ana's Picture Book(s) of the Week

The Library at Alexandria 2003, Clarion, 80 pages 

My fourth grader and Classics-minded daughter loved this one! 

Product Description
The Library of Alexandria was the largest library of its time and a major center for learning and scholarly research, particularly in the fields of astronomy, geography, mathematics, and medicine. Caesar and Cleopatra, Erastosthenes and Euclid, Archimedes and Alexander the Great are just a few of the famous people connected to its story. Today, historians still argue about how the library was destroyed, and no one knows exactly what it looked like, yet there is no question that the library continues to fascinate and intrigue us. This extensively researched look at what we do know about the Library of Alexandria features Kelly Trumble"s short, accessible chapters, and richly detailed full-color paintings by Robina MacIntyre Marshall. Together, they tell the story of one of the wonders of the ancient world, and show how its influence as continued long after its destruction. Glossary, suggested reading, selected bibliography, index. 

My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World by Margriet Ruurs, 2005 Boyds Mills Press, 32 pages

The libraries I grew with did not even resemble what we have available today... truly. I am not able to go to my weekly visits to the library without being amazed at how fortunate we are. This friendly book will help your children appreciate what some other children in the world go through to be able to borrow a book! 

Going beyond that, the book has information and maps on each country discussed and lots of fun photographs!

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