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Alexander the Great : the greatest ruler of the ancient world
Langley, Andrew.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, [1997]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm.
Traces the life of the warrior king of Macedonia who conquered and united the known world of his time.
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Includes index.
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DF234 .L33 1997 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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A wonderful new series of beautifully illustrated picture-book biographies, featuring great leaders, heroes, pioneers, inventors, and scientists from the past. Each fully illustrated book tells the story of a remarkable person from the past whose life has had an impact far beyond his or her own time. Young children love great stories, and What's Their Story? is the perfect way to introduce them to the giants of our past.

The story of Alexander the Great is one of ambition, conquest, and glory. By the time he died at age 32, in 323 B.C., he was leader of an enormous empire that stretched from Greece in the west to India in the east. His remarkable personality shines through this heroic story of battles, sieges, and victories.

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)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. The short biographies in the What's Their Story series introduce historically significant figures through fully illustrated stories of their lives. Alexander the Great tells of his family, education, conquests, and significance. Amelia Earhart describes her youthful adventures, independent spirit, determination to fly an airplane, and record-setting flights. Highlighting dramatic moments and adventurous deeds as well as clarifying the cultural context of each story, Alan Marks' expressive line drawings with watercolor washes add greatly to the books' appeal. Because the writing does not talk down to young readers, the books will also serve slightly older students looking for brief biographical accounts of individuals. Other volumes in the series can be found in this issue's Series Roundup: Cleopatra, Galileo, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-4-Considering their subject matter, these are two surprisingly boring books. Alexander is portrayed as an intelligent, often kind man whose only fault was that he murdered people who resisted his efforts to take their land and money. Cleopatra is depicted as a beautiful dreamer who only wanted an empire to call her own. These titles are superficial to the point of being confusing. Most of the pages are taken up by lifeless, full-color illustrations, and what little text there is paints history with a very broad brush. The subject matter (bloody battles, adultery, treachery) is actually quite mature for easy readers. Children interested in these historical figures should be steered toward Frédéric Theulé's Alexander and His Times (Holt, 1996) and Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema's Cleopatra (Morrow, 1994).-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.