Why are You Calling Me a Barbarian?
Written by Birgitta Petren, Elizabetta Putini
Illustrated by Lara Artone, Monica Barsotti
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Why are You Calling Me a Barbarian? by Birgitta Petren, Elizabetta PutiniIt is the 3rd century BC, and as the Roman imperial army travels north followed by a caravan of families, slaves, and livestock, two kids meet at an encampment near Cologne, in today's Germany. Martilla, a young Roman slave girl, and Marbord, the son of a merchant from Scandia, strike an unlikely friendship. As they learn about each other's customs, lifestyles, and lands they discover that calling someone a barbarian is strictly a matter of ignorance. This timely lesson in tolerance--set centuries ago in Europe--shows children how people of different cultures can overcome stereotypes to become friends. The book's quaint illustrations show children the daily life of early Europeans, and a section on the history of Roman and Scandian slavery offers age-appropriate insights on the subject. Also included is a glossary of Germanic and Roman terms and proper names.
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