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A spectacular and informative guide to the history of the great
Chinese empire and the customs and traditions of its
people. 
Stunning real-life photographs and lifelike models
offer a unique "eyewitness" view of life in imperial China, from its
earliest beginnings in the Bronze Age to its final years in the early
20th century. See the stunning bronze work of the ancient Chinese and
the beautiful techniques used for Chinese calligraphy. Learn why the
First Emperor created the Terracotta Army, what kinds of goods were
carried along the Silk Route, who invented paper, and much, much
more. 
The most trusted nonfiction series on the market,
Eyewitness Books provide an in-depth, comprehensive look at their
subjects with a unique integration of words and pictures.

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Reviews for DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient China: Discover the History of Imperial China from the Great Wall to the Days of the La:

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Feb 27, 2018

A very excellent teaching book. The Chinese were farming a full thousand years before the Egyptians.
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May 04, 2017

کتاب کوتاهی است که اطلاعات اولیه مفیدی درباره چین باستان ارائه می دهد. کتاب برای رده سنی کودکان و نوجوانان نگاشته شده و توضیحات به انضمام تصاویر مختلف آورده شده است. تنها خرده ای که می توان به کتاب گرفت چاپ سیاه سفید آن است که باعث می شود تصاویر چندان به کار نیاید. اگر حداقل واژه نامه ای می بود جستجوی اینترنتی تصاویر مربوطه راحت تر می شد. کتاب کوتاهی است که اطلاعات اولیه مفیدی درباره چین باستان ارائه می دهد. کتاب برای رده سنی کودکان و نوجوانان نگاشته شده و توضیحات به انضمام تصاویر مختلف آورده شده است. تنها خرده ای که می توان به کتاب گرفت چاپ سیاه سفید آن است که باعث می شود تصاویر چندان به کار نیاید‌. اگر حداقل واژه نامه ای می بود، جستجوی اینترنتی تصاویر مربوطه راحت تر می شد. ...more
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Nov 09, 2017

I like this book because it has a lot of history in it. This book would be perfect for a 5th grader because it has fun facts to read about. If you like informational then you'll like this book because it has a lot of facts. A teaser for this book is that you'll see some interesting stuff.
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Oct 15, 2014

The book was informative. I don't really have much to say about it. It was organized well and has lots of facts about China I had no idea about.
4

Oct 15, 2014

Many ways to teach with this book on Early China topics. Very accurate and detailed descriptions.
5

Jan 27, 2016

OK I know these are supposed to be kid books but they are awesome! Great pictures and just enough text to make you want to learn more. Great choices for a beginning history reader or to start an older reader out in a new area. Every time I pick one of these up and read it I learn new things. Highly Recommended
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Oct 13, 2012

Good book for younger people. Basic facts and photos from the world of China. Well written for the group of folks it was most likely written for. Simple in nature but very well written, especially if love to learn about other cultures like I do.

Would I read it again: no but I would just for the beautiful photos in it. Would I recommend it to others: you bet I would.
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Apr 07, 2011

This book was about Ancient China's geography . It also talked about China's religion. It was a pretty good book. Out of ten I would rate it a solid eight.

Ancient China describes what different life styles went on in Ancient China. It shows houses, carts, cities, boats, and many more places and Jobs. I would give the book a 7 out of 10. It was interesting to read and I enjoyed it. Ancient China also lists the religious beliefs like Buddha and other beliefs. I would recommend this book.
4

Jun 22, 2013

I read this as a bit of a primer for a kid's class I'm teaching about fashion history. It was a really useful quick reference, and a good piece of research for me into what kids baseline knowledge might be with some of the topics I'll be addressing at the museum this summer.
I always really appreciate eyewitness books for how cool and visual they are, and how well they use artifacts to teach larger concepts.
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Sep 11, 2008

I think these Eyewitness Books are great for children--so full of information, but still not too overwhelming. I liked skimming through this book. It felt like a review from my Chinese Culture and Chinese language classes. Including term that I still remember--taotie, bi, cong--and items that I recognize almost like second nature--dragon robes, TLV mirrors, terracotta warriors, weapons of war. Some other things that I did not know as much of. Perfect for any child with an interest. Will likely I think these Eyewitness Books are great for children--so full of information, but still not too overwhelming. I liked skimming through this book. It felt like a review from my Chinese Culture and Chinese language classes. Including term that I still remember--taotie, bi, cong--and items that I recognize almost like second nature--dragon robes, TLV mirrors, terracotta warriors, weapons of war. Some other things that I did not know as much of. Perfect for any child with an interest. Will likely book talk this one to get them over to the history section. ...more
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Jan 29, 2013

A great introductory book on the history of ancient China for children. Each two-page spread focuses on a specific topic or aspect of ancient China, making it easy to jump around and hit areas of interest. The photos are engaging. My six-year old requested this as bedtime reading until we completed it, and then went back and reviewed it regularly.

China's history can not be done justice in a book of this length, if given a strictly linear treatment. This presentation actually provides more A great introductory book on the history of ancient China for children. Each two-page spread focuses on a specific topic or aspect of ancient China, making it easy to jump around and hit areas of interest. The photos are engaging. My six-year old requested this as bedtime reading until we completed it, and then went back and reviewed it regularly.

China's history can not be done justice in a book of this length, if given a strictly linear treatment. This presentation actually provides more cultural context than other books attempting to focus on the same general subject.

The language is enthusiastic and does not place Western ethnocentric judgement where it doesn't belong. ...more
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Jul 05, 2013

Explore all aspects of Ancient China with full colored illustrations and photographs.

New Mexico Social Studies Standards:

- Strand: History; Content Standard I; 5-8 Benchmark 1-A New Mexico; Grade 6; 1
- Strand: History; Content Standard I; 5-8 Benchmark 1-B United States; Grade 6; 1
- Strand: History; Content Standard I; 5-8 Benchmark 1-C World; Grade 6; 1
- Strand: Geography; Content Standard II; 5-8 Benchmark 2-B; Grade 6
- Strand: Geography; Content Standard II; 5-8 Benchmark 2-C; Grade 6
- Explore all aspects of Ancient China with full colored illustrations and photographs.

New Mexico Social Studies Standards:

- Strand: History; Content Standard I; 5-8 Benchmark 1-A New Mexico; Grade 6; 1
- Strand: History; Content Standard I; 5-8 Benchmark 1-B United States; Grade 6; 1
- Strand: History; Content Standard I; 5-8 Benchmark 1-C World; Grade 6; 1
- Strand: Geography; Content Standard II; 5-8 Benchmark 2-B; Grade 6
- Strand: Geography; Content Standard II; 5-8 Benchmark 2-C; Grade 6
- Strand: Geography; Content Standard II; 5-8 Benchmark 2-E; Grade 6
- Strand: Geography; Content Standard II; 5-8 Benchmark 2-F; Grade 6
- Strand: Civics and Government; Content Standard III; 5-8 Benchmark 3-C; Grade 6; 2
- Strand: Civics and Government; Content Standard III; 5-8 Benchmark 3-D; Grade 6
- Strand: Economics; Content Standard IV; 5-8 Benchmark 4-C; Grade 6

*Available at Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Libraries*
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Jul 08, 2009

The institutional review coming with this page says: "Grade 5-10-Done in typical 'Eyewitness' format, this volume touches upon such topics as Chinese history, the first emperor, inventions, health and medicine, waterways, food and drink, clothing, the Silk Road, and arts and crafts. Material from as recent as the last dynasty, which ended in 1912, is included. . . ." That summarizes nicely--both the age group for whom this book is intended and for the wide range of issues considered.

As such, The institutional review coming with this page says: "Grade 5-10-Done in typical 'Eyewitness' format, this volume touches upon such topics as Chinese history, the first emperor, inventions, health and medicine, waterways, food and drink, clothing, the Silk Road, and arts and crafts. Material from as recent as the last dynasty, which ended in 1912, is included. . . ." That summarizes nicely--both the age group for whom this book is intended and for the wide range of issues considered.

As such, the book works pretty well. As with all in this series, it reminds one of the first couple phrases in some lines about the Platte River: "A mile wide, an inch deep. . . ." Lots of coverage but not a whole lot of depth. But for young readers, this is a fine work.

The work begins with a bit of history, from the origins of the Chinese civilization under its first rulers, to the creation (by force) of a unified empire under the Qin Dynasty (China, the name, comes from this dynastic term), to the full unfolding of the empire under the Ming Dynasty after the expulsion of the Mongols.

There follows a discussion of the first dynasty (Shang, from 1650 to 1027 BC), the importance and central views of Confucius, the first emperor of a united China (Zheng), the development of an early civil service.

Then, some of the artifacts of the culture--printing and books, medicine, agriculture, food and drink, housing, dress, and so on.

The book closes out with a discussion of "The Silk Road" (during which time trade flourished between China throughout Asia to Europe), ocean voyages (voyages to the Middle East, Africa, India, the great islands of the Indian Ocean), and the end of empire, with the final emperor being deposed in 1912.

Again, as with others in this series, you get rather shallow coverage--but the illustrations are great and the amount of information provided really lined up with the age group targeted. ...more
4

Jan 08, 2017

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. this will help me with my homework
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Mar 22, 2019

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think that this book gave a lot of information for me to do my presentation at my school.
4

Apr 11, 2019

Provides a brief but fairly comprehensive overview of Chinese culture and history.

Only one typo found in text: p. 14, decorated the the harnesses / decorated the harnesses .
4

Nov 21, 2019

Grade: 3-7
Genre: Informational nonfiction
Review: This books gives a lot of information about China. It talks about the medicine, festivals, the worlds oldest empire, and so much more. If you are looking to learn about Ancient China I recommend you read this book.

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