Monday, August 22, 2011

A City Across Time - Book Introduction

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 7-10
Hardcover: 48 pages 
Publisher: Kingfisher (May 11, 2010) 
ISBN-10: 0753464004 

Reading level: Grades 4-8
Genre: Middle Grade Nonfiction

Author and Illustrator: Peter Kent 

Awards: NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies



Book Description from Amazon

7-10
Peter Kent's brilliant cross-sections show how an early settlement changes into a bustling, modern-day city. The lively, warm and friendly illustrations are packed with absorbing and eye-opening details, and clearly show how new buildings are constructed on the rubble of the old. Eagle-eyed readers will have hours of fun spotting the descendants of one particular family though the centuries, and seeing how once-grand building become buried and how some structures remain through the centuries. Brand-new artworks and spreads reveal the prehistoric origins of the settlement, its 21st-century development and even give a glimpse into the far future, when ice sheets threaten to overwhelm the city



Queen’s Take on the Book:
Fascinating. This is not just a regular reading book. This is a book of exploration that needs … a magnifying glass and a lot of time. Each page builds on the previous and several times I’d flip back and forth to check on things I missed. There’s so many wonderful details on each page and on-going wordless stories like what happened to the money bags?

Not only are the pictures engaging, but the information on each page fascinating. Yes, I said it again.

Discussion Questions:

  • Look at the house on the left page. There seems to be a family theme going on. What is it? 
  • And what occupation did this family seem to stay consistent in? 
  • Is there a occupation (type of job or career) that your family seems to be consistent in? Are you from a family of teachers, doctors, restaurant or store workers? Or perhaps there is a skill your family has passed down? Artist, woodworking, or something else? 
  • Look at old family photos if you can. What things do you think have been passed down from generation to generation? 
  • Think about the town you live in. What history does it have? Look it up on the internet. 
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Happy Reading,
Queen Jackie

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