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It's a Feudal, Feudal World

A Different Medieval History

by Simon Shapiro, illustrated by Ross Kinnaird

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publisher: Annick Press
Description

Enter a medieval world unlike any you’ve seen before.

Welcome to an innovative and reader-friendly approach to medieval history, one that combines visually appealing infographics, whimsical cartoons and lively, informative text. Each spread offers a snapshot that highlights an aspect of the diversity and intercultural dynamics of the medieval world, from Europe to the Byzantine, Ottoman and Islamic empires.

Readers get the inside scoop on crusaders and caliphs, Mongols and midwives, as they read about expanding trade routes, power shifts, conquests, adventure, and persecutions. From the daily life of the medieval child to Rabban bar Sauma’s extraordinary pilgrimage, the result is a colorful and varied picture of what life was like a thousand years ago. For example, did you know:

• 5% of babies in English peasants’ homes died from pig bites?
• what medieval workers did for a living?
• you could buy a Turkish horse for 455 cartloads of dung?
• the best way to stop the unstoppable knight?
• A Viking longship is the length of two of today’s school buses?
• who was most likely to die from the Black Death?
• how Rome and Constantinople rose and fell?

Shapiro’s meticulous research is brought to life by Ross Kinnaird’s historically based, humorous, illustrations. Who would imagine medieval history could be this much fun!

About the Authors

Simon Shapiro

When Sheryl and Simon Shapiro met over 35 years ago in South Africa (where they were born and grew up), they had very different interests. Simon had studied subjects like applied mathematics and physics, and worked as a computer programmer. Sheryl had studied print-making and oil painting and worked as an art teacher. Over the years, their lives—and their interests—changed. Simon took up photography as a hobby, learning about color and composition, and now loves visiting art galleries. Sheryl became an art director and book designer, and now spends all day, every day, using a computer. They have other things in common like enjoying music, movies, theater, reading, and spending time with their son Stephen who has written four books for Annick Press. They also discovered that they liked writing humorous rhymes for special occasions. When the opportunity came up to write a book together, they jumped at the chance. Their different abilities and different approaches made working on the book interesting. And there were many happy hours along the way. But they agree that working separately could never have produced the amusing mixtures book called Better Together (2011). Their second rhyming picture book, Slither Slide, What’s Outside? (2012) is a National Parenting Publications Awards, Honor Winner. Now they have written two picture books in verse that explore the concepts of shapes. Ladybugs Have Lots of Spots and Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe (Fall 2013) combine vibrant photos and bouncy rhymes to introduce young children to the concept of shapes. Sheryl and Simon live in Toronto, Ontario.
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Ross Kinnaird is an illustrator who has worked in London, Sydney, and Hong Kong. He currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 8
Reading age:
9 to 12
Editorial Reviews

“… gets below the surface on more than one occasion … likely to encourage readers to take the next step in learning about medieval times.” —Kirkus Reviews, 10/20/13


“Filled with numerous fun … facts that will surprise even adult readers, this is a great introduction to history for children.”—thebookgeek.com, 10/04/13


“I absolutely LOVED this book and will be using it in my classroom this year.”—amyalvis.blogspot.ca, 08/10/13


“… a great historical introduction to a time period that was anything but simple.”—Children’s Atheneum, 02/28/14


“... a great book for expanding young readers’ understanding of this period, while also engaging them in ways that will help them absorb and remember the information. Bravo!”—National Reading Campaign, Readerly, 01/10/14


“The illustrations will keep kids chuckling; the print sections … provide students with a good starting point for projects.”—Canadian Children’s Book News, 10/13


“… [addresses] all nature of the medieval times world-wide … uniquely in the form of infographics, thereby drawing all readers in.”—CanLit for Little Canadians, 10/27/13


“It’s hard to find history dull, as presented by the author.”—Reading and Sharing, 11/20/13


“… a creative and useful book that will be an added treasure to any school library or classroom. Highly recommended.” —CM Reviews, 10/11/13


“I wish I’d had this book as a kid, because I would have loved it!”—Goodreads, 09/26/13


“ … filled with intriguing facts that will surprise even adults.”—The Book Shelf, 05/22/14


“This very appealing graphic text is truly a “different” history of the Middle Ages!… Each page contains a wealth of clearly presented information.” —Resource Links, 12/13

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