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I’m looking for a book about… ancient civilizations

Posted on | March 11, 2013 | 9 Comments

Welcome to “I’m looking for a book about….”, the topic-themed monthly carnival of children’s literature.

Every month I encourage anyone who likes to review books for children (of any age) to leave links to their reviews of books that match the given month’s theme. The idea is that over time, this carnival will become a resource for parents, teachers, carers, librarians looking for books by subject.

Old reviews, new reviews, and reviews for any age are welcome. You may also submit multiple reviews, as long as they are all relevant to this month’s theme.

This month’s theme is…

**Ancient Civilizations: Egyptians, Greeks and the Romans and more**

Whilst I’m hoping for lots of suggestions for books on Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, please feel free to add links to reviews of books set in other ancient times, or with different ancient civilizations as their backdrop. Don’t forget, non fiction books are very welcome too.

  • Ali gets the ball rolling with Michelle Paver’s Gods and Warriors, which is set in Bronze Age Greece. “A wonderfully exciting read for confident readers of 9+.

  • Damyanti recommends Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs by Marcia Williams. “This is sumptuous book with its large format, some double page spreads and nine fantastic stories of Egyptian Pharos & gods. The stories are retold in comic strip format.”

  • Sandhya offers her review of Let’s Go Time Travelling: Life in India through the ages, by Subhadra Sen Gupta. This book “focuses on the ‘storytelling aspect’ of history, giving a holistic yet richly detailed view of each era” and sounds like a great introduction to the Indus Valley civilization.

  • Over at Stacking Books we’re introduced to Egypt in Spectacular Cross Section by by Stephen Biesty. “The fabulous panoramic spreads in this book will leave you in wonder.

  • Lucy Coats shows that we don’t need to just take her word for how great Atticus the Storyteller’s 100 Greek Myths is!A real winner.For a long time there has been a real lack of a superb retelling of the Greek Myths for younger children. This version will be with us for a long time.”

  • Over at Charlotte’s Library you can find out more about The Pig Scrolls and The Pig Who Saved the World, by Paul Shipton. “For young fans of Greek mythology, here is a diverting series that puts a fresh spin on the world of gods and monsters… Light-hearted and fast-paced, these are very entertaining books.

  • Read Aloud Dad recommends an illustrated version of E. H. Gombrich’s A Little History Of The World.” To quote Philip Pullman, this book is “Brilliant, irresistible and a wonderful surprise”.

  • Amy Seto Musser has two suggestions for us: Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas and The Planet Gods: Myths and Facts about the Solar System by Jacqueline Mitton, Illustrated by Christina Balit . Don’t miss out on Amy’s blog dedicated to Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology books either!

  • Special mention should go to Juliette who has a blog dedicated to reviews of the use of Classics in popular culture. Today she first recommends The Roman Mysteries: The Secrets of Vesuvius by Caroline Lawrence, and also Horrible Histories: The Groovy Greeks by Terry Deary and Nick Baker. Whilst Juliette’s site covers much more than children’s literature alone, there are many posts to explore which are indeed reviews of children’s books, so do take some time to visit!


  • Please use the linky (the blue button, “Add you link”) below to add your review (I suggest putting in the book’s title and author/illustrator in the “name” field). If you’d rather, you can also leave your suggestions in the comments below.



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    9 Responses to “I’m looking for a book about… ancient civilizations”

    1. Helen D
      March 11th, 2013 @ 7:17 am

      Unfortunately I haven”t had time for a review this month, but The Voyage of Ulysses by Elastico as an iPad book app is worth a look; it was a finalist in the 2012 Cybils Awards. It has a great style, plenty of interactivity and an excellent “real” map to navigate the story.
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    2. ReadItDaddy
      March 11th, 2013 @ 9:14 am

      We’ve been enjoying the ‘Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders’ books. Brilliantly written and researched, and they’re great for sticking your thumb on your nose at Terry Deary for being a big selfish twonk :)

      We’ve read two (Greeks and British) and they’re excellent with broad appeal and not too much reliance on gross and icky stuff (unlike Horrible Histories). Really worth checking out.
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    3. Mary Irons
      March 11th, 2013 @ 10:21 am

      “Rain Player” by David Wisniewski is a fabulous tale from the ancient Mayan culture. Wisniewski’s cut paper illustrations are richly colored and contain just enough mystery to be evocative to young readers and richly enhance this exciting story. I teach first grade and this is a favorite story every year!

    4. sandhya
      March 11th, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

      Here’s one on ancient India – right from the Indus Valley Civilisation. http://arightowrite.blogspot.in/2012/12/about-idlis-dosas-commoners-and-kings.html
      sandhya recently posted..A day to celebrate books and reading

    5. Sarah Stevenson (aquafortis)
      March 11th, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

      What a great theme! Love the books that have been added so far. I’m always a huge fan of learning about ancient civilizations. Sadly, I don’t have any review links to contribute this time…I guess I’ve been reviewing more books with contemporary settings lately. :) Thanks for hosting the Carnival!

    6. Lucy Coats
      March 11th, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

      Atticus the Storyteller’s 100 Greek Myths has been around for over 10 years, and seems to be eternally popular both in schools, libraries and with parents as a comprehensive collection of Greek myths from creation to the end of the Odyssey, aimed at 5-9s. There’s a good round-up of reviews here. http://www.lucycoats.com/pages/books/atticus-the-storytellers-100-greek-myths/reviews.htm
      Apologies for plugging my own book, but I hope you’ll maybe agree it deserves to be in a list of books about Ancient Civilisations!

    7. LH Johnson
      March 11th, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

      Though I don’t have a review handy to link up, may I recommend the amazing books by Adele Geras on ancient Greece? Dido, Ithaka and Troy are all outstanding. She writes girls / women so gracefully that these books are a genuine joy.
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    8. What We Are Reading Right Now - The Ancient of Times Edition... - se7en
      March 13th, 2013 @ 9:24 am

      [...] haven’t written a list of fantastic books for the longest time, but Playing by the Book’s theme for this month was Ancient Civilisations… I thought we could find se7en + 1 great books and move along… but I was totally wrong… When I [...]

    9. se7en
      March 13th, 2013 @ 9:37 am

      Oh I think you need to hit me on the head and say posts like these don’t take a day to write!!! I should start writing next month’s post already!!! Really enjoyed writing it, what a fantastic theme… Have a good week… and you know we will be baking all weekend!!!
      se7en recently posted..What We Are Reading Right Now – The Ancient of Times Edition…

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