Thursday, February 4, 2010

Eye Wonder: Ancient Rome

Open your eyes to a world of discovery

-information taken from DK Canada

Created as an early-age version of DK's best-selling Eyewitness series, Eye Wonder is the perfect first reference series for children ages 5 and up. Featuring full-color photography and simple text, these books answer all the questions about the natural world that young children are curious about.
Eye Wonder: Ancient Rome provides a first look at the history of Ancient Rome, from the beginnings of the Republic, through the rise and fall of the Empire.

-from the back of the book...

Take a trip back in time and find out what life in ancient Rome was really like. From gladiators to public baths to foreign wars and fabulous villas, discover what life in the Roman world was like- for both its citizens and its slaves. Packed with facts, accessible text, and dramatic, atmospheric photography, Eye Wonders are the perfect educational start for young children. 


I am not exactly an Ancient Rome scholar so even I learned a ton from this book! Aiden has always been especially interested in battles and war and so he found this book fascinating. Each page is full of pictures and short blurbs of information. You can pick and choose bits to read without getting lost. I found this very handy because often Aiden would just point to a picture and say "what is this about" and I could read him that particular paragraph. 

I have been incredibly impressed with both of the Eye Wonder books we have reviewed. They would make amazing class textbooks- interesting, fun to look at and read, and full of information. They are written in an amazingly age-appropriate way, even when talking about the battles of Ancient Rome. I appreciated the glossary at the end of the book because tactical weaponry isn't exactly my specialty. 

As we were reading this book Aiden was fully engaged- which for a kid with ADHD and Autism is impressive. I heard a lot of "that is SO cool!" and "ya look at that guy" and even a couple of "can we go there mom?" which is always a good sign. 

Eye Wonder does an excellent job of making learning fun and I highly recommend them! There are tons of topics to choose from so there is something for everyone. Here are just a few of the available topics:

- Arctic and Antarctic
-Big Cats
-Castle and Knight
-Rain Forest
-Human Body

Aiden wants to get the Space on next and Owen was very intrigued with the Pirate and Castle and Knight books :). What could be better than books that get kids interested in reading more books?!

Thanks so much to DK Canada for sending us a review copy of this book.

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