Great Wall of China
From the Series Whole Wide World
In this book, early fluent readers will marvel at the Great Wall of China while learning about its history, location, uses, and architecture. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they learn more about the landmark’s cultural history.A Take a Look! infographic aids understanding, sidebars present interesting, supplementary information, and an At a Glance recap offers a map and quick stats on the landmark. Children can learn more about the Great Wall of China using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Great Wall of China also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index. Great Wall of China is part of Jump!’s Whole Wide World series.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Category||C3 Social Studies|
|Subject||History, Social Studies|
|Number of Pages||24|
Whole Wide World - Reviewed by School Library Journal
This series remains well organized and colorful as it highlights landmarks around the world. Each has about three chapters of six pages long with full-page pictures that accompany short paragraphs throughout. The beginning of each title includes before, during, and after reading questions for caregivers and educators to ask children. Labeled pictures, bold vocabulary words, diagrams, and sidebar facts make the new information engaging. Although some of the full-page pictures are cut in half by a color block that has a small paragraph, this helps each title remain accessible. The series takes a look at the history of each landmark and how we interact with the historical places today. The books end with quick facts and tools, a glossary, index, and how to learn more. VERDICT Accessible introductory landmark information for elementary school readers.
Great Wall of China - Reviewed by Booklist
The discussion opens with a history of China’s Great Wall, which began more than 2,500 years ago as segments built by warring kingdoms. After the first emperor gained control of all of China in 221 BCE, many of the old walls were connected to provide a barrier against northern invaders. Parts of the wall served as lookout towers for defense, while others housed the soldiers who controlled border crossings. At 13,000 miles, the Great Wall of China remains "the longest structure made by humans.” The book’s relatively short text is pertinent and accessible, while the many colorful photos are excellent in their composition and clarity. Two simplified digital drawings—a map and a diagram showing features of the wall—serve their purposes well. A worthwhile book in the Whole Wide World series (8 titles).
— Carolyn Phelan