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Find out all you can about a range of famous people from kings and queens to inventors, musicians and sports stars. Wide ranging historically and geographically in its scope, this book is easy to use as a reference book and is also fun just to dip into or browse through. Many of the characters are brought to life through the use of great photographs. Lovereading comment: This riveting book tells the stories of people who have influenced the course of history over the last 2000 years, from sportsmen to statesmen, from artists to film stars and from scientists to inventors. Arranged in themes and chronologically, all the family will enjoy The Ultimate Book of Famous People. Also in this 'Ultimate' series from Oxford are The Ultimate Book of Science and The Ultimate Book of Knowledge.
Discover the world of Darwin through the diary of a ship's boy. Combining non-fiction and fiction but factually absolutely accurate, this book is published to coincide with Darwin's 200th birthday. It begins with a diary, told from the point of view of a child who works for Darwin whilst on that infamous voyage on the Beagle. The informative text and beautiful, detailed illustrations make this a wonderfully involving read. You almost feel on board the Beagle as you read it. Finally, at the end of the book is an illustrated reference chapter with everything a 7-10 year old needs to know about this famous and controversial scientist.
History is boring? Well think again. This piece of history and literature by Charles Dickens provides a fast-paced, relevant, exciting history with witty observations and compelling narrative, which will capture a child’s (and parents) imagination. It’s an absolutely fascinating treasure trove to delve in to. This spectacular new edition has been carefully edited and lightly abridged to ensure that children in the 21st century will gain as much and more from it than those who read it 150 years before.
The fascination of fossils and what they tell of a world long gone by is beautifully portrayed in this biography of Mary Anning, the best known fossil hunter. Brought up in Lyme Regis where fossils abound, from childhood on Mary was skilled at searching out prized finds such as fossilised sea monsters and an Ichthyosaurus, one of the most important finds of her day. If you enjoyed this then try some other titles by the author including A Kiss Like This and Happy Birthday Chimp and Zee.
Stunningly produced, Pirateology is a treasure trove of information, packed with everything you could want to know about pirates. It’s definitely an adventure not to be missed. Every page of the book is crammed full of fascinating facts told in interesting and different ways. Open flaps, lift out facsimile documents including letters and a treasure map, handle a swatch of a pirate flag, discover what’s in the gold glitter pouches and read stories about real pirates from the past. All of this is possible and is guaranteed to provide hours of endless fun for readers – equally accessible to children and adults - time and time again as well as providing a genuine source of information. Why not take a look at the other title in the Pirateology series Pirateology Handbook? Also available in the 'Ology' series are Dragonology, Monsterology, Wizardology, and Mythology.
Everyone knows that William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings in 1066 after King Harold had been shot in the eye with an arrow. It is all recorded in that great historical document, the Bayeux Tapestry. But who was William? And how did he come to be the leader of the Norman invasion that was to change the shape of English history? The rages to riches life story of a great leader is enjoyable as well as giving a strong sense of the time in which he lived.
Charles Dickensâ€™s happy childhood was shattered when he father was jailed for debt leaving his family penniless. The life story of the writer is easily told in this admirably concise account which delves into Dickensâ€™s own life showing how what happened to him enabled him to write classics such as Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. Subtitled, â€˜The man who invented Christmasâ€™ in particular it tells the true story that inspired Dickensâ€™s celebrated A Christmas Carol.
Shirley Hughes’s beautiful illustrations full of carefully researched period detail, go right to the heart of the social changes that took place in the first half of the century. Different fashions, different foods, different working practices, different dances – all sorts of small things that effect everybody’s daily lives are illustrated in black and white sketches while big colour pictures portray some of the most important moments such as life in the trenches during the First World War. It’s a fascinating record, ideal for anyone interested in social history.
It's 1870s England and imagine yourself as a poor 12 year old girl with few prospects. Can you make it as a servant in a Victorian household? The humorous, cartoon-style illustrations make learning fun, and encourage young readers to engage with the central character. Informative captions, a comprehensive glossary and an index make this title an ideal and fun introduction to the conventions of non-fiction text.
Brilliantly observed in words and pictures, War Boy is a first hand, eye-witness view of growing up in World War Two. Michael Foreman grew up in Lowestoft where bombing raids causing terrible damage were common as planes flew in over the North Sea. But amid the real dangers, Foreman and his friends made the best of their extraordinary circumstances enjoying a childhood with many familiar ingredients such as playing loads of football and belonging to different gangs and many unfamiliar ones including spotting and identifying enemy planes, playing ping pong on Morrison shelters and making rude noises with their gas masks. Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. Love Reading adds: War Boy is a modern classic that combines a touching personal story with factual information and wonderful illustrations. Wartime is brought vividly to life and interweaved with plenty of Michael Foreman’s personal childhood memories including when the bomb came through the roof. Reading this is in unforgettable experience. Winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal.Other titles in this series of books set in, around and after the two world wars of the 20th century by Michael Foreman include, After the War was Over, War Game, War Boy, Farm Boy and Billy the Kid.
Egyptology is a fascinating guide to Ancient Egypt providing an exciting, narrative exploration of real – and not so real - subjects. Every page is crammed full of fascinating facts told in interesting and different ways. Open flaps, lift out facsimile documents, play a senet game, feel a swatch of mummy cloth, read stories, learn new alphabets – all of this is possible in this remarkable book, which will provide hours of endless fun for readers – adults and children alike - as well as providing a genuine source of information about an important part of history. Why not take a look at other Egyptology titles such as Wonders of Egypt: A course in Egyptology. Also available in the 'Ology' series are Dragonology, Pirateology, Monsterology, Wizardology, and Mythology.
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