Maya (Usborne Beginners)
This information book provides a simple introduction to the world of the ancient Maya. It describes their bustling cities and tall temples, their religious beliefs, the customs of their kings and nobles, and their passion for cacao.
Entertaining, and easy to read, these books offer young readers a look at the daily life of the people of ancient civilizations. Each two-page spread focuses on a particular topic, such as common dress, housing, life in their cities, entertainment, religion, education, and much more, specific to the featured civilization. The simple text offers readers insights about these aspects of daily life, while lively, amusing cartoon-like illustrations and photos of real artifacts from the period complement the text. Interesting facts are also sometimes included, such as that the pharaoh Ramsses II had a pet lion or that in ancient Rome, stuffed dormice and peacock brains were considered delicacies! A glossary of important words, an index, and a list of websites to visit through the main Usborne website are included in each book as well. Much like their science-related counterparts, these Usborne Beginners examine interesting topics in a way that young children can enjoy and appreciate. - Jess