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Title:
Castle at war : the story of a siege
Author:
Langley, Andrew.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., 1998.
Physical Description:
47 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Summary:
Describes, in brief text and illustrations, how the inhabitants of a medieval castle prepared for war and endured a siege.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
960 Lexile.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780789434180
Format :
Book

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Summary

DK brings history to life for young readers with dramatic eyewitness accounts in this unique nonfiction series. Each volume is packed with detailed and accurate information, featuring cross-sections, exploded views, pull-outs, and cutaways designed to illuminate each subject. Extraordinary and evocative storytelling combined with DK's unique visual presentation create an outstanding library of children's reference books.


Author Notes

Andrew Langley was born in 1949 in Britain. He has dedicated his career to penning educational books that meet the needs of young readers. Langley's first books were primarily straightforward works designed to explain day-to-day facts; in his "Behind the Scenes" series, for example, he explores what goes on at various familiar locations, such as a hotel and police station. As his career has progressed, Langley has increasingly focused on the subject that most interests him - history. He has produced biographies of a broad range of people from history as well as historic overviews such as The Roman News, Medieval Life, Renaissance, and Ancient Egypt.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-Using a fictional siege as a backdrop, Langley presents a good deal of information about medieval life. The inhabitants of a castle prepare for attack, endure the long weeks of siege, and then slowly recover from their ordeal. Each double-page spread describes a different aspect of the battle and presents supporting factual information, complete with full-color photos, illustrations, and period reproductions. Special focus is placed on the training, gear, and weapons of soldiers and knights, and the offensive and defensive strategies used during a siege. The history, evolution, and purposes of various types of castles are summarized. The lives and occupations of inhabitants within the castle and in the adjacent towns and lands are also described. Attention is also given to peacetime life in a castle community. The story format motivates readers to explore the factual sidebars, which clarify and extend concepts presented in the narrative. Although the illustrations in David Macaulay's Castle (Houghton, 1977) create more of a mood than those in this title, the two books are comparable in terms of appeal. A good choice for recreational reading and reports.-Megan McGuire, Lake View Elementary School, Madison, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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