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Wonders of the world
Publication Information:
New York : Kingfisher, 2007.
Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 28 cm.
Series title(s):
Pyramids of Egypt -- Hanging Gardens of Babylon -- Statue of Zeus at Olympia -- Temple of Artemis at Ephesus -- Mausoleum at Halicarnassos -- The Colossus of Rhodes -- The Pharos at Alexandria -- The Colosseum at Rome -- Great Wall of China -- Angkor Wat -- Easter Island statues -- Great temple at Tenochtitlán -- The Taj Mahal -- Canals of Venice -- Empire State Building, NYC -- Sydney Opera House, Australia -- CERN -- WWW -- Gorges Dam, Chang Jiang, China -- Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Japan -- Hubble Space Telescope.
Describes the greatest statues and structures from ancient times to the modern world, including the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Taj Mahal, and the Three Gorges Dam in China.
Electronic Access:
Table of contents http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0617/2006022516.html


Call Number
J 930.1 STEELE 2007
930.1 STEELE
J 930.1 Steele 2007

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From the ingenuity of ancient engineering to the innovation of modern marvels,Wonders of the World reveals the greatest statues and structures that the world has ever seen. This striking book covers the ancient wonders, the later historical wonders, and the modern wonders of the world in glorious and colorful detail. Combining the latest computer-generated images with breathtaking photographs and engaging text, readers can peer into the world's marvels, such as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon,the unforgettable Taj Mahal, and the extraordinary Three Gorges Dam in China.

Author Notes

Philip Steele has a passion for writing about history. He is a well-known author of more than one hundred children's books, including Castles, Pirates, Knights, The Best Book of Mummies, The World of Pirates, and The World of Castles. He was a student of medieval French and German literature, and has visited castles in England, France, Germany, Spain, and Poland. He has travelled to the Valley of the Kings and other sites of Ancient Egypt, and has met mummies face to face in the Cairo Museum. Philip now lives near Beaumaris and the other great castles of North Wales.

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-As Steele journeys around the world, he begins with the original seven wonders and then moves on to the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, the Canals of Venice, and "Modern Wonders," among them skyscrapers and bridges, offering enticing paragraphs and "Go further" suggestions of books and Web sites at the end of each section. His descriptions are clear, and important terms are well defined. Attractive full-color photos, drawings, and computer re-creations are included. A foreword from UNESCO adds gravitas and introduces the struggle to protect the world's cultural and natural wonders, a theme that is developed later in the book. An appealing introduction to the topic.-Tracy H. Chrenka, Forest Hills Public Schools, Grand Rapids, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

This book introduces readers to a wide range of human accomplishments, focusing mostly on art and architecture (the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, skyscrapers) but also incorporating technological advancements (the Hubble telescope, the Internet). The many photographs and renderings are appropriately monumental but tend to crowd the pages. Each of the three chapters is introduced with a map. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

This wide-reaching entry in the Kingfisher Knowledge series aims to introduce young readers to the human-engineered wonders of the world, from the Great Pyramid of Egypt to the Taj Mahal to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Slotted into three chronological chapters, the spreads feature brief descriptions of each site, illustrated with present-day color photos and eye-catching, computer-generated images, many of which imagine the sites in ancient times. The book tries to encompass too much, particularly in its third section, which focuses on the achievements of modern civilization. But the quick survey will spark students' interest and perhaps encourage future, deeper research. A final section further explains the meaning of heritage sites, and chapter summaries introduce relevant vocabulary and encourage readers to think about the treasures in their own cities and countries. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2007 Booklist