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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Peter Kent's CITY Across Time, written by Peter Kent. Kingfisher, T Allen, 2010. $19.99 ages 10 and up

"Archaeologists love rubbish - the more ancient, the better. The objects they find in the layers beneath the city give valuable clues about dates and important events. A layer of ash tells us that there was once a great fire in the city; skeletons with the markings of sword cuts and arrowheads show war and massacre."

The illustrations are full of detail and intrigue, the cross-sectioned art allows readers a concentrated look at the development of a city that grows through time and the text offers a fascinating look at history from the early Stone Age through the twenty-first century. It is a lively and most enlightening book!

As the Stone Age (where there were no cities) gives way to the new Stone Age, there is a sense of community beginning to grow and flourish. People work at their daily routines, an information box shows how to cook and another describes stone circles. Moving on through the ages, readers will find themselves poring over the many details of each cross-sectioned double page spread. The city becomes more structured, the work easier and the tasks more refined.

No matter how many times I go back to this book, I am always finding new information that I had not seen previously. It is so interesting to watch the layers build and to know more about the work that resulted in a developing cityscape. Worthwhile and educational!

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