How the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Were Built by Ludmila Henkova, illustrated by Tomas Svoboda. Albatros, 2021. 9788000061344
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
What did you like about the book? This book tells about the seven wonders of the ancient world: The Pyramids of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. The story starts with the inspiration behind them and continues of to funding, architects, materials and (for most) how they were destroyed. The beautiful, detailed pictures had helpful labels to show examples of many things that were hard to convey in words. Facts were used as much as possible, while suppositions and theories were identified as such. My children were fascinated with the mechanics of how these wonders were constructed.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Too many large and unusual words bogged down some parts, requiring parental explanations, not a book most preteens could read alone.
To whom would you recommend this book? Ages 10-13
Who should buy this book? Upper elementary teachers, librarians
Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction picture books or 509 on your Dewey shelving
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Vicky Tandy, Athol Public Library, Athol MA
Date of review: December 3, 2021