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China : land of dragons and emperors / author, Adeline Yen Mah.

By: Mah, Adeline Yen, 1937-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2008Description: 1 v.ISBN: 9781741754674 (pbk) :.Subject(s): China -- History -- Juvenile literature | China -- Civilization -- Juvenile literatureDDC classification: 951 Summary: The history of China - the six major dynasties - and information on selected topics such as the Silk Road, festivals, various inventions, Chinese beliefs about numbers and colours.
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Junior Sunshine Library
History
Junior Non Fiction J 951 MAH Available I4095413
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The history of China - the six major dynasties - and information on selected topics such as the Silk Road, festivals, various inventions, Chinese beliefs about numbers and colours.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Novel-sized, and with a novel's worth of action, romance, betrayal, and irony, this immensely readable account of the entirety of Chinese history is sure to captivate readers. The chapters are broken into one- or two-page sections, with many brief sidebars, making the book accessible and unintimidating. Plentiful illustrations-photographs as well as reproductions-enliven nearly every page. Mah writes in a personal, friendly tone, at one point warning readers to "jump two paragraphs if you don't like violence." Clearly, she is telling stories that she knows well, and she doesn't skimp on the details, which can be gory, tragic, slightly saucy, or merely entertaining. Well-labeled, good-sized maps are provided on a regular basis, as are metric and English measurements and currency conversion where appropriate. This is an authoritative and entertaining account of the plucky orphans, egotistical monarchs, raving beauties, and scheming empresses who made China what it is today.-Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

In this thoughtfully designed book, the main text chronicles China's history, emperor by emperor, while sidebars cover such topics as inventions, religion, and festivals. An informal narrative voice increases accessibility ("What happened next was truly dreadful"). Lack of source notes is a drawback. Reading list, timeline, websites. Ind. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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