________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 15 . . . . March 31, 2006

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Life in a Medieval Monastery. (The Medieval World).

Marc Cels.
Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-1384-9 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-1352-0 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Monasticism and religious orders-History-Middle Ages, 600-1500-Juvenile literature.
Monasticism and religious life-History-Middle Ages, 600-1500-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-8 / Ages 10-13.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

*** /4



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Life on a Medieval Manor. (The Medieval World).

Marc Cels.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-1385-7 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-1353-9 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Castles-Europe-History-Juvenile fiction.
Civilization, Medieval-Juvenile literature.
Manors-Europe-History-Juvenile fiction.

Grades 5-8 / Ages 10-13.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

*** /4

   
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Arts and Literature in the Middle Ages. (The Medieval World).

Marc Cels.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-1387-3 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-1355-5 (RLB).

Subject Heading:
Arts, Medieval-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-8 / Ages 10-13.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

*** /4


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Science and Technology in the Middle Ages. (The Medieval World).

Joanne Findon and Marsha Groves.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-1386-5 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-1354-7 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Science, Medieval-Juvenile literature.
Technology-History-To 1500-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-8 / Ages 10-13.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

*** /4


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Medieval Myths, Legends, and Songs. (The Medieval World).

Donna Trembinski.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2006.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-1391-1 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-1359-8 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Tales, Medieval-Juvenile literature.
Civilization, Medieval-Juvenile literature.
Folklore-Europe-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-8 / Ages 10-13.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

*** /4

   
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Famous People of the Middle Ages. (The Medieval World).

Donna Trembinski.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2006.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-1388-1 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-1356-3 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Biography-Middle Ages, 500-1500-Juvenile literature.
Middle Ages-History-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-8 / Ages 10-13.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

*** /4


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Medieval Projects You Can Do. (The Medieval World).

Marsha Groves.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2006.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-1393-8 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-1361-X (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Middle Ages-History-Juvenile literature.
Civilization, Medieval-Juvenile literature.
Europe-Social life and customs-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-8 / Ages 10-13.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

*** /4

   
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Medieval Law and Punishment. (The Medieval World).

Donna Trembinski.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2006.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-1392-X (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-1360-1 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Justice, Administration of-Europe-To 1500-Juvenile literature.
Law, Medieval-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-8 / Ages 10-13.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

*** /4

   
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Medieval Medicine and the Plague. (The Medieval World).

Lynne Elliot.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2006.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-1390-3 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-1358-X (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Medicine, Medieval-Juvenile literature. Black Death-History-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-8 / Ages 10-13.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

*** /4

   

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Manners and Customs in the Middle Ages. (The Medieval World).

Marsha Groves.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2006.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $9.86 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 0-7787-1389-X (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-1357-1 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Europe-Social life and customs-Juvenile literature.
Civilization, Medieval-Juvenile literature.
Europe-History-476-1492-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-8 / Ages 10-13.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

*** /4


excerpt:

In the long poem The Pilgrimage of Charlemagne, Charlemagne and his knights traveled to Constantinople, a city in present-day Turkey. They had heard that the king, Hugh the Strong, was an even greater king than Charlemagne, and that his people enjoyed peace and great riches. They wanted to see for themselves if this was true. (From Medieval Myths, Legends, and Songs.)

 

“The Medieval World” series is comprised of 14 books about different aspects of life in the Middle Ages. These books could easily be combined into a few volumes, but Crabtree has followed its past practice and segmented related topics into individual books, thereby compelling schools to purchase multiple titles to satisfy the needs of the social studies curriculum and the interests of students.

     The Middle Ages is usually studied by students in junior high. These books will provide the information students need to complete research projects, and they will learn a great deal about the era. The reading level is basic, which makes the information accessible to those students whose reading level is not yet advanced.

     Each book follows the standard Crabtree format - a 32-page book with two-page chapters on different important aspects of the topic. Several have timelines that situate the period in history in the first chapter which is also an introduction to the topic. For example, in Medieval Medicine and the Plague, the chapters are entitled: Medieval Diseases, The Black Death, Plague Horrors, Medical Beliefs, Home Remedies, The Apothecary, Doctors, Surgeons, Female Doctors, Hospitals, Death and Burial.

     The information in each chapter provides a satisfying amount of detail about the subtopic. Young readers are intensely curious about the details of medieval life, their interests ranging from how suspected criminals were subjected to ordeals as a way of forcing them to confess to crimes, to the brutish treatment of peasants by feudal lords. The Spartan life of cloistered monks and nuns, the development of the printing press, the curious premises of alchemy, the impressive weaponry of knights and soldiers, the magnificent architecture - all are fascinating subjects that are touched upon in these books. The focus of the books is Medieval Europe, but events, trends, beliefs and customs in other parts of the world - Japan, Arab countries, India, China - are included in highlighted boxes.

     Attractively designed, the books make maximum use of the abundance of medieval art. Paintings representing each title's focus adorn each cover and are used liberally throughout the text. The pages have an antique-look background, and a common decorative border on each page unites the series. The design invites the reader to pause and study the pages. Each chapter is divided into subsections of one or two paragraphs. Teachers who want to round out a unit of study with a Medieval Day will be able to get students to create a feast and make crafts from recipes and instructions that are recorded here. A glossary on the last page defines words highlighted in the text. A brief index appears below the glossary.

     This series can be useful for teachers to develop assignments and for students who are studying medieval times. Having multiple volumes allows more students to have books to use. Unfortunately, the cost of the entire series (especially in hard cover, the best choice if the book is to last) adds up for cash-strapped school libraries that may need to pick and choose titles to augment their collection.


Recommended.

Harriet Zaidman is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.

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