Philip Steele - Author

About the Author

Philip Steele has written books on history, geography, and cultural and social themes and is an established author, chiefly of children's non-fiction. He graduated from University College, Durham, graduating in Modern languages in 1971. After graduating, he worked as an editor for various book publishers in London before moving to the Isle of Anglesey, in North Wales, where he now lives. His recent publications include Encyclopedia of British History and A City Through Time.

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Rosa Parks and her protest for Civil Rights 1 December 1955

Rosa Parks and her protest for Civil Rights 1 December 1955

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

Epic!: Empires

Epic!: Empires

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2018

Epic: Empires focuses on 12 of the biggest and most incredible empires in the history of the world, from the first Babylonian Empire, founded in 1792 BCE, to the British Empire, which ended formally in 1997. On the way, it takes in ancient Egypt, ancient Persia, the early Indian empires, Imperial China, ancient Rome, the Mongols, the Ottoman empire, the Aztecs, the Inca, the Spanish empire and the British empire. The book details the dates, location and extent of each empire, along with its most famous rulers. A timeline on every spread gives the key dates from each empire, and what happened when. Additional background information to each empire is also provided, including how each one came into being, who its enemies were, the gods its people worshipped, and how it met its downfall. Epic: Empires also looks at the technology, advances and inventions that came out of each empire, from the paper, fireworks and compasses of imperial China to the sewers, roads and aqueducts of ancient Rome. Infographic elements on each spread present information in a simple and highly visual way. Clear, concise text and a bright, appealing design make the book the perfect resource for project work on geography or history, or simply a great leisure read, for children aged 9 and above. For more epic events, try reading the other titles in the Epic series: Animal Migrations, Battles and Explorers.

Project Weather

Project Weather

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Super-cool facts sit alongside hands-on activities in this exciting series. Readers can learn how to create a mini water cycle, track a thunderstom and make fog in a jar with step-by-step illustrations and instructions. Flaps to lift and a spectacular fold-out feature spread allow children to delve deeper into the subject.

DKfindout! Vikings

DKfindout! Vikings

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2018

Find out all about the history of the Vikings, the warriors and explorers who raided Europe in their longships throughout the Middle Ages. Learn about Viking warfare, their families, homes, clothes, and crafts, as well as gods from Norse mythology, such as Thor and Loki, in this beautifully illustrated children's book that is crammed with amazing facts. Part of the award-winning DKfindout! series, this engaging book includes new photography and illustrations that transport children directly into the world of the Vikings. Written by experts in Viking history, and checked by an educational consultant, DKfindout! Vikings is ideal for school projects or for children who simply love to learn about accurate ancient history. Amazing cut-away artworks take you inside Viking homes and longships, in which these notorious seafaring warriors sailed to North America 500 years before Christopher Columbus. New photography, including reenactments of Viking life, makes this book essential for budding historians and imaginative learners.

Encyclopedia of History

Encyclopedia of History

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2018

This concise book will guide children chronologically through key periods in world history. Thousands of bulleted facts are accompanied by hundreds of illustrations, diagrams and maps, divided into seven sections, including: Early Civilizations, The Medieval World, An Age of Discovery and Industry and Empire.

Did Anything Good Come Out of... the American Civil War?

Did Anything Good Come Out of... the American Civil War?

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2018

This book considers the deadliest war in US history, which killed 750,000 soldiers and many civilians before this young nation was a century old. Its legacy still resonates across the USA today. Did it achieve any of its goals? Did it have unexpected consequences? Did any good at all come out of it? Each book includes a comprehensive overview of the historical event in question, providing background information to help readers understand the issues being discussed. In looking at the consequences of each event, both good and bad, various themes are covered, from politics and society to science, technology and popular culture. The series fits well with the history curriculum at key stage 3, looking at issues in world history and their interconnections with other world developments. Perfect for readers aged 12 and up.

Did Anything Good Come Out of... the Vietnam War?

Did Anything Good Come Out of... the Vietnam War?

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2017

This book considers the Vietnam (or Second Indochina) War, 1955-1975, which may have killed as many as 3 million troops and civilians. It divided America, it aroused huge opposition around the world and it divided generations. Why was it fought and what were the outcomes? Did it have any unexpected consequences? Did any good at all come out of it?

Did Anything Good Come Out of... WWI?

Did Anything Good Come Out of... WWI?

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/11/2017

This book looks at how and why World War I was born out of the longstanding rivalries and feuds between European nations, at home and across their overseas empires, and how the conflict sucked in imperial and colonial troops from around the world. It examines the legacy of the the war, both in terms of the bad things that came out of it, such as the rise of fascism and totalitarian rule, and the good things, including developments in medicine and plastic surgery, enhanced aeroplane technology and advances in suffrage and equality for women.

Legendary Journeys: Trains

Legendary Journeys: Trains

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

All aboard for the trip of a life-time! From steam engines to the advanced technologies of high-speed rail, this interactive guide tells the enthralling history of trains and railways as they spread across the globe. Share the experience of passengers travelling the world's great railways, including the civil engineer Robert Stephenson and crime writer Agatha Christie - can you spot the other famous people on board? In addition to the history of the railway, this unique guide contains activities and has clever features that pull out to reveal amazing details of the world's iconic trains and their inner workings. A must-have book for any trainspotters!

Behind the News: Race and Crime

Behind the News: Race and Crime

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2017

Go behind the headlines to explore the wider background of news stories that are making a major impact across the world. In Race and Crime, we ask why headlines often link these issues and question some assumptions. Are some crimes carried out by one ethnic or racial grouping more than by others? What parts do policing, prisons, the immigration system and the media play? We examine abuse and hate crimes linked to race, such as slavery or genocide. Who are the perpetrators and who are the victims? This book includes quotes from key figures, opinions from all sides of the argument and debate panels that invite readers aged 12+ to discuss the issues that shape our world. Other titles in the Behind the News series: Global Financial Crisis, Hostage Takers, School Shootings, Uprising in the Middle East and Violence Against Women

Behind the News: School Shootings

Behind the News: School Shootings

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2017

Go behind the headlines to explore the wider background of news stories that are making a major impact across the world. In School Shootings, we look at why these terrible events occur, and what sort of people carry them out. What is the scale of the problem? Are such attacks more common in some parts of the world than others? Have they always taken place, or are they a new phenomenon? And how should we best respond to the fear of them happening again? What actions should be taken and what changes should be made? This book includes quotes from key figures, opinions from all sides of the argument and debate panels that invite readers aged 12+ to discuss the issues that shape our world. Other titles in the Behind the News series: Global Financial Crisis, Hostage Takers, Race and Crime, Uprising in the Middle East and Violence Against Women

Question It!: Natural Habitats

Question It!: Natural Habitats

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/05/2017

In an era when the global environment is defined by humans and their activities, humans are destroying natural habitats and resources, often the same ones on which they themselves depend. While humans understand more about the environment and population than ever before, what action are they taking to protect the natural environment for future generations - and is it too little, too late? This book, in the Question It! series for readers upwards of age ten, will explore these important topics in a balanced and objective way, encouraging readers to take a questioning approach to the issues surrounding the treatment of natural habitats.

Question It!: Food

Question It!: Food

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/05/2017

Food is fundamental to life on Earth. The struggle to find or grow food, and often failing, is the story of human history. Today we have more varities of food and production methods than ever before, but there has perhaps never been less connection with the land that produces food, and with farming. And despite all the incredible progress that has been made, today nearly 11 per cent of the world's population is undernourished. This book, in the Question It! series for readers upwards of age ten, will explore these important topics in a balanced and objective way, encouraging readers to take a questioning approach to the issues surrounding the global food supply.

Question It!: Population

Question It!: Population

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/04/2017

The world's population is growing, and with this growth comes an increased pressure on the resources, such as food, water, land for housing and energy sources, we need to live. The way in which humans are treating the planet they live on is having a significant effect on the global climate. This matters because the future of life on Earth, no less, depends on our understanding of the problem and the actions we take. This book, in the Question It! series for readers upwards of age ten, will explore these important topics in a balanced and objective way, encouraging readers to take a questioning approach to the issues surrounding the global population.

Question It!: Climate Change

Question It!: Climate Change

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/04/2017

The world's climate has always been changing, but climate change in the past has been mostly gradual, with some rapid events. Today's warming is relatively sudden and rapid, and linked to the way in which humans are treating the planet they live on. This matters because the future of life on Earth, no less, depends on our understanding of the problem and the actions we take. This book, in the Question It! series for readers upwards of age ten, will explore these important topics in a balanced and objective way, encouraging readers to adopt a questioning approach to the issues surrounding climate change.

Question It!: Water

Question It!: Water

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2017

Water keeps us and our world alive. Without it we couldn't exist. Water and climate influence every aspect of human life. They affect where and how we live, our health, farming and food, our energy and our industry. The world's climate is changing. The amount of water we use is changing and the population is growing. But water is finite. There is only so much of it to go round, and we cannot make any more of it. This book, in the Question It! series for readers upwards of age ten, will explore these important topics in a balanced and objective way, encouraging readers to take a questioning approach to the issues surrounding the global water supply.

Question It!: Oil

Question It!: Oil

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2017

Petroleum has utterly changed the way we live. But has the cost to the planet been too great? Has oil overheated our climate? Is the Oil Age already being replaced by smarter technologies? Is there enough of the black stuff to go round, and will it keep flowing? This book, in the Question It! series for readers upwards of age ten, will explore these important topics in a balanced and objective way, encouraging readers to take a questioning approach to the issues surrounding the use of oil and natural gas.

Hostage Takers

Hostage Takers

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa

Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

Kingfisher Readers: Arctic and Antarctic (Level 4: Reading Alone)

Kingfisher Readers: Arctic and Antarctic (Level 4: Reading Alone)

Author: Philip Steele, Thea Feldman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2016

This irresistible reading series is sure to fire the imagination of young readers with its exciting range of high-interest topics and its great-looking, easy-to-follow design. Developed with literacy experts, this five-level graded reading series will guide young readers as they build confidence and fluency in their literacy skills and progress towards reading alone. Arctic and Antarctic introduces readers to these chilly places. It includes facts about who first explored the North and South Poles, and which people and animals live there now. Children can discover why there are research stations in the Antarctic, and all about migration, glaciers and more. See www.kingfisherreaders.com for series information.

Developing World: Russia and Moscow

Developing World: Russia and Moscow

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/04/2016

Russia is more prosperous now than at any time in its history, with new wealth based on its rich natural resources. This new era of prosperity is reflected in Russia's capital city, Moscow. But uniting a vast and disparate population, tackling crime rates and finding political accord are some of the challenges that Russia faces if it is to continue to grow and develop as an economic power. A high-end geography series that explores some of the fastest-developing countries and cities in the world and assesses how they are dealing with the challenges of the 21st century. Topics looked at include: population structure, the economy, environmental sustainability and the outlook for the future. Each title also features a closer look at an individual city within the country. Richly illustrated with photos, maps, case studies and graphs, this is an ideal read for globally conscious readers aged 11 and up.

Developing World: China and Beijing

Developing World: China and Beijing

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/04/2016

China's economic rise during the past twenty years has been meteoric, as a nation of farmers has been transformed into an industrial superpower. This transformation is reflected in China's capital city, Beijing. The new China faces many challenges, from population and pollution to political reform and human rights. Can its success be sustained, without putting at risk its environment and rich cultural heritage? A high-end geography series that explores some of the fastest-developing countries and cities in the world and assesses how they are dealing with the challenges of the 21st century. Topics looked at include: population structure, the economy, environmental sustainability and the outlook for the future. Each title also features a closer look at an individual city within the country. Richly illustrated with photos, maps, case studies and graphs, this is an ideal read for globally conscious readers aged 11 and up.

Epic!: Explorers

Epic!: Explorers

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2016

Find out about 12 of the most incredible expeditions in history, from the ancient Egyptian voyage to the land of Punt around 1470 BCE to the Apollo mission to space in 1969; taking in Marco Polo's journey to China, the great 15th-century Chinese voyages, the Portuguese sailing around the Cape of Good Hope, the New World voyages, the circumnavigation of the globe, the mapping of the Pacific, the exploration of the American West, the exploration of Africa, the race to the South Pole and the descent into the Mariana Trench on the way. Discover the dates and location of each expedition, the people involved and the distances travelled. Find out about the expedition leaders, Hatshepsut, Marco Polo, Zheng He, Christopher Columbus, Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, Captain James Cook, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Dr Livingstone, Henry Morton Stanley, Mary Kingsley, Robert Scott, Roald Amundsen, Jacques Picard, James Cameron, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. Epic: Explorers also looks at the technology and vehicles involved in each expedition, from the Chinese treasure ships and the American canoes to the skis and dog sleds used on the South Pole expedition, and the rocket that carried the astronauts to the Moon. The dangers the adventurers faced are also catalogued, from the deserts, robbers and storms Marco Polo braved on his journey to China, to the lions, crocodiles and diseases Stanley and Livingstone battled in Africa. A perfect resource for project work on exploration, geography or history, or simply a great leisure read, for children aged 9 and above. For more epic events, try reading the other titles in the Epic series: Animal Migrations, Battles and Empires.

Did Anything Good Come Out of... the American Civil War?

Did Anything Good Come Out of... the American Civil War?

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/11/2015

This book considers the deadliest war in US history, which killed 750,000 soldiers and many civilians before this young nation was a century old. Its legacy still resonates across the USA today. Did it achieve any of its goals? Did it have unexpected consequences? Did any good at all come out of it?

Did Anything Good Come Out of... the Vietnam War?

Did Anything Good Come Out of... the Vietnam War?

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2015

This book considers the Vietnam (or Second Indochina) War, 1955-1975, which may have killed as many as 3 million troops and civilians. It divided America, it aroused huge opposition around the world and it divided generations. Why was it fought and what were the outcomes? Did it have any unexpected consequences? Did any good at all come out of it?

Did Anything Good Come Out of... WWI?

Did Anything Good Come Out of... WWI?

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/10/2015

This book looks at how and why World War I was born out of the longstanding rivalries and feuds between European nations, at home and across their overseas empires, and how the conflict sucked in imperial and colonial troops from around the world. It examines the legacy of the the war, both in terms of the bad things that came out of it, such as the rise of fascism and totalitarian rule, and the good things, including developments in medicine and plastic surgery, enhanced aeroplane technology and advances in suffrage and equality for women.

The Kingdom of Benin Band 17/Diamond

The Kingdom of Benin Band 17/Diamond

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

Find out all about the ancient kingdom of Benin, the tribes that lived there, how they lived and were ruled, and how the nation changed and developed over time. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view.

Amazing History of Pirates

Amazing History of Pirates

Author: Philip Steele, David Cordingly Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2015

Ahoy there, me hearties! Explore the exciting world of pirates and buccaneers - who they were, how they lived, and their swashbuckling deeds. If you dare, you can meet the pestering pirates of ancient Greece and Rome, the bloodcurdling Viking warriors of Scandinavia, and all the other bold privateers, corrupt corsairs and drunken rogues! Meet the women who out-fought the men and the princess who led an all-female crew. This voyage of discovery will take you from the Caribbean to the South China Sea on an adventure you'll never forget.

Epic!: Empires

Epic!: Empires

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Epic: Empires focuses on 12 of the biggest and most incredible empires in the history of the world, from the first Babylonian Empire, founded in 1792 BCE, to the British Empire, which ended formally in 1997. On the way, it takes in ancient Egypt, ancient Persia, the early Indian empires, Imperial China, ancient Rome, the Mongols, the Ottoman empire, the Aztecs, the Inca, the Spanish empire and the British empire. The book details the dates, location and extent of each empire, along with its most famous rulers. A timeline on every spread gives the key dates from each empire, and what happened when. Additional background information to each empire is also provided, including how each one came into being, who its enemies were, the gods its people worshipped, and how it met its downfall. Epic: Empires also looks at the technology, advances and inventions that came out of each empire, from the paper, fireworks and compasses of imperial China to the sewers, roads and aqueducts of ancient Rome. Infographic elements on each spread present information in a simple and highly visual way. Clear, concise text and a bright, appealing design make the book the perfect resource for project work on geography or history, or simply a great leisure read, for children aged 9 and above. For more epic events, try reading the other titles in the Epic series: Animal Migrations, Battles and Explorers.

Behind the News: Global Financial Crisis

Behind the News: Global Financial Crisis

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2014

Go behind the headlines to explore the wider background of news stories that are making a major impact across the world. In Global Financial Crisis, we look at how this situation arose, what was done about it and explore whether the measures worked. The books examines whether the current economic system makes sense, and whether it is fair. Is it sustainable in the future or are more crashes on the way? In a globalised economy, these questions affect everyone on the planet.

Behind the News: Race and Crime

Behind the News: Race and Crime

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2014

Go behind the headlines to explore the wider background of news stories that are making a major impact across the world. In Race and Crime, we ask why headlines often link these issues and question some assumptions. Are some crimes carried out by one ethnic or racial grouping more than by others? What parts do policing, prisons, the immigration system and the media play? We examine abuse and hate crimes linked to race, such as slavery or genocide. Who are the perpetrators and who are the victims?

Behind the News: Hostage Takers

Behind the News: Hostage Takers

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2014

Go behind the headlines to explore the wider background of news stories that are making a major impact across the world. In Hostage-takers, we ask who are today's hostage-takers and what do they want? What drives them to extreme action? We look at how captivity and stress affect the victims and ask whether we should negotiate with hostage-takers. How can lives be saved and how can hostage-taking be prevented in the first place?

Behind the News: School Shootings

Behind the News: School Shootings

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Go behind the headlines to explore the wider background of news stories that are making a major impact across the world. In School Shootings, we look at why these terrible events occur, and what sort of people carry them out. What is the scale of the problem? Are such attacks more common in some parts of the world than others? Have they always taken place, or are they a new phenomenon? And how should we best respond to the fear of them happening again? What actions should be taken and what changes should be made?

Behind the News: Uprisings in the Middle East

Behind the News: Uprisings in the Middle East

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Go behind the headlines to explore the wider background of news stories that are making a major impact across the world. In Uprisings in the Middle East, we look at the ideas of revolution and change that have swept across southwest Asia and North Africa in recent years. We examine why these changes are taking place now and look at who is taking part in these events and what has prompted them to do so. We consider why the Middle East is so important to those who live in other parts of the world and ask what the future holds for the region.

Greatest Warriors: Vikings

Greatest Warriors: Vikings

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/07/2014

Explore the world of some of the toughest, scariest and most fearsome fighters. Facts and stats on training, weapons and fighting styles will tell you everything you want to know about our Greatest Warriors!

Developing World: Russia and Moscow

Developing World: Russia and Moscow

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2013

A high-end geography series that explores some of the fastest-developing countries and cities in the world and assesses how they are dealing with the challenges of the 21st century. Topics looked at include: population structure, the economy, environmental sustainability and the outlook for the future. Each title also features a closer look at an individual city within the country. Russia is more prosperous now than at any time in its history, with new wealth based on its rich natural resources. This new era of prosperity is reflected in Russia's capital city, Moscow. But uniting a vast and disparate population, tackling crime rates and finding political accord are some of the challenges that Russia faces if it is to continue to grow and develop as an economic power.

Developing World: Turkey and Istanbul

Developing World: Turkey and Istanbul

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/09/2013

A high-end geography series that explores some of the fastest-developing countries and cities in the world and assesses how they are dealing with the challenges of the 21st century. Topics looked at include: population structure, the economy, environmental sustainability and the outlook for the future. Each title also features a closer look at an individual city within the country. Turkey is an economic success story of recent times, and it is changing fast as it moves away from its traditional industries of farming and textiles. These changes are reflected in Turkey's great capital city, Istanbul. But the future holds key challenges. Bridging Europe and Asia, Turkey must decide whether it looks east or west in the future, while retaining its own identity and political stability in a region torn by conflict.

Hands on History: Inca's

Hands on History: Inca's

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/08/2013

This title helps you step into the spectacular world of ancient South America, with 340 exciting pictures and 15 step-by-step projects. You can journey back through the centuries to a time before Europeans arrived in search of gold and land. You can explore the Inca way of life high up in the Andes Mountains, including their study of the stars, their burial rituals, and the intricate rope bridges they wove. It features 15 easy-to-do projects actively involve the reader in understanding the past - make a reed boat that really floats, eat a delicious Inca bean stew, sculpt a Tiwanaku pottery jaguar, and design a dazzling sun god mask. It contains fascinating fact boxes that provide extra insights and highlight links with the present. It is packed with over 340 photographs and illustrations, including historical maps and a pictorial timeline, this is perfect for school or home use by children aged 8 to 12. Successors to the Chimu gold workers and the Tiwanaku lake people, the Incas ruled the most spectacular empire South America has ever seen. The so-called Land of the Sun God was bright with treasure houses of precious metals, the most fabulous clothes and huge stone buildings. A variety of step-by-step projects enable you to bring this past age to life - beat on an Inca drum, make a model granary, and recreate a Chimu ceremonial knife. This is the ideal introduction to South American history, for study, reference and practical learning.

Hail!: Ancient Romans

Hail!: Ancient Romans

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2013

Gossip, scandal, badly behaved rulers - if you thought that celebrity culture was a symptom of the 21st century, think again. This is an irreverent but fact-packed look at the ancient Romans, with a colourful cast of celebrity characters and a keen awareness of what was 'on trend' and what was not, in how people dressed, what they ate and where they lived.

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad Band 13/Topaz

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad Band 13/Topaz

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Harriet Tubman was born as a slave in 19th Century America, but managed to escape and gain her freedom. Follow this amazing biography of a woman who was prepared to risk her own life to save others from the slavery she had escaped, and learn about the Underground Railroad that she used to achieve this. * Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * Text type: A biography * Curriculum links: History; Citizenship

Men, Women and Children: In the First World War

Men, Women and Children: In the First World War

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/01/2013

This book draws on evidence that reveals the lives of men, women and children during the First World War. It examines how they lived, fought, studied, worked, worshipped and played. There are also short stories about real people who lived during this period of history, such as Emmeline Pankhurst, Charlie Chaplin, Wilfred Owen, Marie Curie and Harry Patch (the last 'Tommy').

Navigators: Ancient Greece

Navigators: Ancient Greece

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

Ride on board an Athenian trireme at war, plunge yourself into the conflict with Troy, see how the famous gods of Olympus were worshipped, watch traditional Greek theare learn from some of the greatest scientific, artistic and philosophical minds of all time. Navigators: Ancient Greece puts you at the heart of one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever seen.

Kingfisher Readers: Record Breakers - The Most Dangerous (Level 5: Reading Fluently)

Kingfisher Readers: Record Breakers - The Most Dangerous (Level 5: Reading Fluently)

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

This five-level graded reading series, launched in January 2012, is sure to grip children's interest. Developed with literacy experts, the series will guide young readers as they build confidence and fluency in their literacy skills and progress towards reading alone.

Kingfisher Readers: Vikings (Level 3: Reading Alone with Some Help)

Kingfisher Readers: Vikings (Level 3: Reading Alone with Some Help)

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

This five-level graded reading series, launched in January 2012, is sure to grip children's interest. Developed with literacy experts, the series will guide young readers as they build confidence and fluency in their literacy skills and progress towards reading alone.

Hands-on History! Ancient Egypt Find Out About the Land of the Pharaohs, with 15 Step-by-step Projects and Over 400 Exciting Pictures

Hands-on History! Ancient Egypt Find Out About the Land of the Pharaohs, with 15 Step-by-step Projects and Over 400 Exciting Pictures

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/12/2012

This title helps you find out about the land of the pharaohs, with 15 step-by-step projects and over 400 exciting pictures. You can step back in time to the world of the ancient Egyptians and uncover the treasures and secrets of this mysterious 3000-year-old civilization. It includes fact boxes that provide additional information and highlight links with the present. It is ideal for home or school use and for ages 8 to 12. It features 15 easy and fun projects that allow you to bring the past to life - make a miniature pyramid, build a model boat suitable for sailing on the Nile, create your own water clock, sculpt a canopic jar, and bake pastries from an age-old Egyptian recipe. More than 400 photographs and illustrations include specially commissioned cross-section diagrams, historical maps and hieroglyphs. You can learn what life was like for the people of the Nile Delta. You can delve into the dark secrets of their funeral rites, mummies and tombs, and the many strange gods they revered. You can learn about their love of fine art and crafts, and their amazing architectural skills. A variety of practical projects will help you to experience how ancient Egyptians lived. You can make a crown fit for a pharaoh, build a scale model of an Egyptian house, and play a traditional board game. This accessible book is ideal for fun and learning, at home or at school.

Hands-on History! Viking World Learn About the Legendary Norse Raiders, with 15 Step-by-step Projects and More Than 350 Exciting Pictures

Hands-on History! Viking World Learn About the Legendary Norse Raiders, with 15 Step-by-step Projects and More Than 350 Exciting Pictures

Author: Philip Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2012

This title helps you learn about the legendary Norse raiders, with 15 step-by-step projects and more than 350 exciting pictures. You can step back in time to the age of the seafaring Vikings - find out about the ships they sailed in, the distant lands they explored, and the wars they waged. Fact boxes provide additional insights and indicate links with the present. 15 simple and enjoyable projects allow you to recreate the past - build a model Viking house, make a shield ready for battle, sculpt a brooch and a bracelet from clay, bake a Viking loaf, learn to write your name in runes, and play an ancient Norse board game. It is packed with over 350 photographs and illustrations, including a pictorial timeline, cross sections, historical maps and clear step pictures for every technique. It is ideal for home or school use for 8- to 12-year-olds. This fascinating fact and project book is the perfect introduction to Viking history. You can discover how these amazing people lived their lives, the food they ate, the clothes they wore, the heroes they revered, the weapons they used, and the lands they conquered. Practical projects really help young readers to understand what life was like in the past - make a Viking drinking horn, create a lucky charm inspired by the Norse thunder god Thor, build a model of a mighty longship, and construct a full-size battle helmet.

Hands on History: Ancient Rome

Hands on History: Ancient Rome

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2012

Step into the time of the Roman Empire, with 15 step-by-step projects and over 370 exciting pictures. You can travel back through the centuries to one of the greatest civilizations in history - the Roman Empire. You can discover fascinating facts about the Roman way of life, the clothes people wore, the entertainments they enjoyed, and the food they liked to eat. Fact boxes provide extra information and highlight links with the present. More than 370 photographs and illustrations include a pictorial timeline, cross sections and historical maps. 15 easy and fun projects enable you to bring the past to life - make a toga, put on a Roman show, and create a writing tablet like those used hundreds of years ago. It is ideal for home or school use for ages 8 to 12. The modern world owes a great deal to ancient Rome, including many principles of democratic government, law, poetry, drama, art and architecture. You can find out for yourself how the Romans forged the mightiest empire the world has ever known, and discover the techniques that their builders used to create vast cities, towering aqueducts and roads that survive to this day. Amazing projects allow you to construct a model Roman home, make a legionary's uniform, and fashion a headdress that will leave you looking fit to rule an empire!

I Wonder Why Countries Fly Flags

I Wonder Why Countries Fly Flags

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2012

This highly popular and long-running series has been revamped for a new generation of readers, with a clean, crisp redesign and colourful covers. The series explores questions that young readers ask about the world around them in an unrivalled child-friendly style. The conversational format is perfect for delivering solid information in a natural, amusing and imaginative way.

Kingfisher Readers: Ancient Egyptians (Level 5: Reading Fluently)

Kingfisher Readers: Ancient Egyptians (Level 5: Reading Fluently)

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2012

For the first time, Kingfisher brings its expertise in beautifully-designed, trusted non-fiction to the sphere of learning to read. This new graded reading series will grip children's interest. Developed with literacy experts, the five-level series will guide young readers as they build confidence and fluency in their literacy skills and progress towards reading alone.

Kingfisher Readers: Pirates (Level 4: Reading Alone)

Kingfisher Readers: Pirates (Level 4: Reading Alone)

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2012

For the first time, Kingfisher brings its expertise in beautifully-designed, trusted non-fiction to the sphere of learning to read. This new graded reading series will grip children's interest. Developed with literacy experts, the five-level series will guide young readers as they build confidence and fluency in their literacy skills and progress towards reading alone.

Kingfisher Readers: Romans (Level 3: Reading Alone with Some Help)

Kingfisher Readers: Romans (Level 3: Reading Alone with Some Help)

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2012

For the first time, Kingfisher brings its expertise in beautifully-designed, trusted non-fiction to the sphere of learning to read. This new graded reading series will grip children's interest. Developed with literacy experts, the five-level series will guide young readers as they build confidence and fluency in their literacy skills and progress towards reading alone.

I Wonder Why Pyramids Were Built

I Wonder Why Pyramids Were Built

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2011

This highly popular and long-running series has been revamped for a new generation of readers, with a clean, crisp redesign and colourful covers. The series explores questions that young readers ask about the world around them in an unrivalled child-friendly style. The conversational format is perfect for delivering solid information in a natural, amusing and imaginative way. Designed to amuse and intrigue the young reader, this book combines cartoons with facts and simple analogies to provide an introduction to the mysteries of Ancient Egypt.

Navigators: Knights and Castles

Navigators: Knights and Castles

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2011

Travel back in time to an age of battles and bloodshed. Find out more about knights - their chivalry, valour, jousts, weapons and battles. Discover more about siege warfare and watch history come alive with the colour and drama of cutting-edge artworks. Take a tour of some of the world's greatest castles, from early stone keeps to France's Chateau Gaillard.

Vikings and the Celts

Vikings and the Celts

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2010

This book lets you discover the dramatic world of the Celts and Vikings with how-to projects and 400 pictures. It features 30 fun step-by-step projects help you to recreate the past and learn through experience while having fun. Fascinating fact boxes provide extra insights and highlight links between the past and the present day. Packed with over 400 color photographs, which add a high degree of visual impact to aid learning and make information accessible at many different levels. Illustrations include cross-sections, historical maps and pictorial time lines. This book is ideal for home or school use for 8 to 12 year olds - a really stimulating and practical reference book that feels like fun, not work. Two thousand years ago, the warlike Celts dominated northern and central Europe. Hundreds of years later, a group of fearsome fighters known as the Vikings raided parts of Europe from the North. 30 step-by-step projects help to bring these two warrior cultures alive in this fun and fact packed book. Complete with cross-sections, historical maps and pictorial time line there is plenty to provide extra insight into these societies and highlight links with the present.

Step into the Roman Empire

Step into the Roman Empire

Author: Philip Steele Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2007

What life was like in ancient Rome - find out about Roman houses, clothes, food, sports, drama, schools, towns and culture. Packed with over 300 colour images and 50 illustrations, including cross sections, historical maps and a pictorial timeline

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