Saturday, January 30, 2010

Barbarians! by Steven Kroll

illustrated by Robert Byrd
Dutton's; 2009; 45 pages
J Nonfiction 940.1 KRO 2009

Are you rude, crude, and uncivilized? Could you be a BARBARIAN?
Whether you answer yes or no to this question, Barbarians! is a must read book. Kroll takes us through the history of four different groups that the rest of the world has always referred to as "barbarians"; the Goths, the Huns, the Vikings, and the Mongols. We learn about the time periods each group lived in, where they were from, who there leaders were, and how they each carried out their own reign of terror and earned their place in history. Lots of research went into the writing and illustrations of this book. Be sure to read the "Illustrator's Note" on page 47. A good recommendation for anyone looking for something a little different, particularly reluctant readers.

After you read Barbarians, answer this question: If you had to go back in time and live among one of these groups, which would it be? (I still haven't come to a decision.)

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