Where Is the Great Wall? (Where Is?)

by Patricia Brennan Demuth (Author) Jerry Hoare (Illustrator)

Where Is the Great Wall? (Where Is?)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Where Is?
More than two thousand years ago, with his land under constant attack from nomads, the First Emperor of China came up with a simple solution: build a wall to keep out enemies. It was a wall that kept growing and growing. But its construction came at a huge cost: it is believed that more than a million Chinese died building it, earning the wall its nickname--the longest cemetery on earth. Through the story of the wall, Patricia Brennan Demuth is able to tell the story of China itself, the rise and fall of dynasties, the greatness of its culture, and its present-day status as a Communist world power.
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Gr 3-5--These solid though formulaic titles profile well-known locations. Demuth examines the longest human-made structure in the world, the Great Wall of China, outlining why it was constructed; Chinese rulers and tribes such as the Mongols, who invaded the empire; the intense manpower required to build the Wall in a time before machines and earth-moving equipment; the people who lived at and protected the Wall; and the Communist Party's actions to preserve the Great Wall and promote it to the world. O'Connor focuses on the Grand Canyon, examining its geological formations; the importance of the Colorado River; the native peoples who used to--and still do--inhabit the canyon; the adventures of geologist John Wesley Powell, who explored the canyon; wildlife; and the impact of man. Stine provides a history of the White House, explaining its design and remodelings; destruction by the British during the War of 1812; descriptions of various rooms including the East Room and the Blue Room; presidents and family members who have occupied the residence; and the staff of chefs, butlers, and more who keep the house running. VERDICT Suitable additions to history and geography collections.--Patricia Ann Owens, formerly with Illinois Eastern Community Colls., Mt. Carmel

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Patricia Brennan Demuth
Patricia Brennan Demuth is the author of What Was Ellis Island?, What Was Pearl Harbor?, Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder?, and Who Is Bill Gates?
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9780448483580
Lexile Measure
770L
Guided Reading Level
T
Publisher
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
February 20, 2015
Series
Where Is?
BISAC categories
JNF025030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | Asia
JNF025020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | Ancient
JNF025260 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | Symbols, Monuments, National Parks, Etc.
Library of Congress categories
Great Wall of China (China)

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