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Title:
Arms & armor
Author:
Byam, Michèle, 1944-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Dorling Kindersley Pub., 2000.
Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Summary:
Photo essay examining the design, construction, and uses of hand weapons and armor from a Stone Age axe to the revolvers and rifles of the Wild West.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1240 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.8 5 Quiz: 16281 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780789458377

9780789458360
Format :
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Kenilworth Library UB800 .B93 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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Summary

Here is an original and exciting new look at the history of weapons and armor through the ages. Stunning real-life photographs reveal the design, construction and workings of everything from a medieval crossbow to a pair of dueling pistols, and offer a unique "eyewitness" view of how methods of warfare have changed. See the very first weapons ever made, the armor worn by medieval knights, the battledress of a Japanese samurai, the guns used by the soldiers, frontiersmen, and outlaws of the Wild West. Learn how Greek and Roman soldiers dressed for battle, how suits of armor were made and worn, how crossbows were loaded and fired, and how Native Americans hunted and fought on the Great Plains. Discover what weapons were carried by the first police officers, how sword and pistol duels were fought, when the first firearms were invented and how they worked, and much, much more!


Summary

Full-color photos. An eye grabber: large, clear photographic layouts of
weapons share pages with explanatory text and definitive illustrations. Each
double spread covers a subject, from primitive weapons to the 'Guns That Won
the West'; it's easy to forget their function in the beauty of the pieces and
their clever designs. The weapons from the Middle Ages are breathtaking simply
as art. A plum pudding of a book.-- Kirkus.


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. These first four books in a projected series are a visual feast with strong appeal to a wide age range-ideal choices for integrated adult/juvenile nonfiction collections. Done in a photo-essay format, they provide armchair excursions to fine musuems. Each begins with a dramatically composed title page on which a selection of labeled objects are intriguingly arranged, followed by thorough contents (references to the indexes are only necessary for detailed study). The brilliantly colored photos have a luminous sheen, imparting an almost three-dimensional quality. Within Bird, for example, Burnie examines body construction, feathers and flight, nests, and bird watching. In Byam's Arms & Armor the time frame covered for the implements' design, construction, and use ranges from the Stone Age axe to the guns that won the Wild West. Parker's Skeleton provides a study of the evolution, structure, and function of both human and animal skeletal systems. Rocks, first seen as prehistoric weapons in Arms & Armor, are also studied in depth by the authors who explain their creation and types, mining, erosion, and many uses in Rocks & Minerals. Both a student and browser/hobbyist's delight. PW.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Stunning photography characterizes these Eyewitness Books, each of which brings museum-like collections right into readers' laps. The large format and glossy pages guarantee that no details are lost: the stripes of a banded claystone from East Africa are sharp and clear in Rocks; each diamond and ruby in the jade-inlaid handle of a Persian dagger is delineated in Arms; the intricate bone structure of a porpoise's paddle is perfectly discernible in Skeletons; and each bit of fluff and string in the ``medley of materials'' that makes up a nest is in focus in Bird. Illustrations and inset photographs accompany each spread of objects, which are set on a pristine white background. The unfussy design gives these books a sophisticated look, and each one is an odyssey for readers of any age. Ages 10-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. These first four books in a projected series are a visual feast with strong appeal to a wide age range-ideal choices for integrated adult/juvenile nonfiction collections. Done in a photo-essay format, they provide armchair excursions to fine musuems. Each begins with a dramatically composed title page on which a selection of labeled objects are intriguingly arranged, followed by thorough contents (references to the indexes are only necessary for detailed study). The brilliantly colored photos have a luminous sheen, imparting an almost three-dimensional quality. Within Bird, for example, Burnie examines body construction, feathers and flight, nests, and bird watching. In Byam's Arms & Armor the time frame covered for the implements' design, construction, and use ranges from the Stone Age axe to the guns that won the Wild West. Parker's Skeleton provides a study of the evolution, structure, and function of both human and animal skeletal systems. Rocks, first seen as prehistoric weapons in Arms & Armor, are also studied in depth by the authors who explain their creation and types, mining, erosion, and many uses in Rocks & Minerals. Both a student and browser/hobbyist's delight. PW.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Stunning photography characterizes these Eyewitness Books, each of which brings museum-like collections right into readers' laps. The large format and glossy pages guarantee that no details are lost: the stripes of a banded claystone from East Africa are sharp and clear in Rocks; each diamond and ruby in the jade-inlaid handle of a Persian dagger is delineated in Arms; the intricate bone structure of a porpoise's paddle is perfectly discernible in Skeletons; and each bit of fluff and string in the ``medley of materials'' that makes up a nest is in focus in Bird. Illustrations and inset photographs accompany each spread of objects, which are set on a pristine white background. The unfussy design gives these books a sophisticated look, and each one is an odyssey for readers of any age. Ages 10-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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