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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Doing & Learning
History in Action: Roman Gladiator

History in Action: Roman Gladiator

Fall 2008 Doing & Learning
Ages: 8 & Up
Author: Jean Coppendale
ISBN: 1-59223-664-2
Hardcover Price: $18.95
Even if they haven't yet seen Russell Crowe in cinematic combat, boys LOVE gladiators. Our sons were thrilled to receive what they thought was a large picture book on the topic of these violent athletes. But History in Action: ROMAN GLADIATOR is not only a book. The sturdy casing opens and unfolds to become a detailed miniature coliseum, complete with banners, spectators, and a lower level for the stars of the show: the men and animals who will fight before the crowd. Two plastic figures and dozens of press-out cardboard models are the cast for a youngster's recreation of these famous spectacles: chariot races, animal shows, and armed struggle with an array of deadly weapon s. A 24-page paperback book provides the factual background for the play, in some cases correcting misperceptions about the legendary gladiators. Reluctant readers and bookworms alike with be charmed by the hands-on, engaging fun.
Ann Hillers   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Ann Hillers, a creative writing graduate of Duke University, is a mother of three boys and a former international tour director. Her work led her all around the globe and she's imparted her kids with the same wanderlust. They have traveled together to 20 countries including South Africa, Botswana, Nicaragua, Colombia, Laos, Cambodia, and Indonesia, where they all became certified scuba divers. After living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for six years the family now resides in California.

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