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Dennis, Peter, 1950-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Hauppauge, NY : Barron's, [2001]

Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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NA7710 .D46 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Fast Forward books are lots of fun! They also transform distant events of history into very real, dramatically vivid experiences for young readers. Each title covers one specific theme, then, using a series of color-illustrated two-page spreads, shows the location of that theme at different times over many centuries. Tabs on page edges label illustrations with a succession of identifying dates, with the final spread showing the title subject's location as it exists today. (Ages 7 and older)

In 600 B.C., it was a tiny Celtic farm settlement. By A.D. 100 it was a Roman fort built of stone -- then a thousand years later, a Norman castle under siege by enemies. Today, it's ruined castle explored by tourists and archaeologists.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Vividly illustrated interactive books. In both, 12 spreads feature a large, labeled illustration and two or three paragraphs of text. The spreads are tabbed with a notation such as "Two hours later" or "200 years later." In Shipwreck, readers can choose to jump from the opening scene in the 1630s (the building of a galleon) to a year later (pirates approach the sailing vessel) or to the 1830s (the remains of the ship have become part of a coral reef at the bottom of the ocean), among other dates and times. Castle covers a much broader period, from 600 B.C.E. to today. Readers will enjoy the details of the many illustrations including the one of a wild banquet in the 13th century. One weakness of these books is that after changing scenes, readers are not reminded of what historic period they have turned to. Also, occasionally more explanation would help (for example, the purpose of sweet-scented herbs on the floor of the castle's banquet hall). These books don't tell the whole story but they will whet youngsters' appetites for more on the subjects.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.