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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review: The Ancient Maya by Jennifer Fretland VanVoorst

The Ancient Maya by Jennifer Fretland VanVoorst. An Exploring the Ancient Worlds Book.

The Ancient Maya by Jennifer Fretland VanVoorst

Compass Point Books
Publication Date: January 2013
List Price: $33.32
ISBN-13: 9780756545642

Review: Advanced is far or ahead in development or progress, and there was once a very advanced ancient civilization that most people are familiar with, but how much do you know about the Mayan civilization? The Maya were considered to be one of the most advanced civilizations, and they influenced our civilization today greatly. They not only invented their own number system and a famous calendar that predicted the end of the world on December 21st, 2012, but they had also created their own writing system using hieroglyphics. There are plenty more achievements that had made the Maya an advanced civilization, and The Ancient Maya by Jennifer Fretland VanVoorst is an excellent resource for all things Mayan.

"Many scholars consider the Maya to have been the most advanced civilization in Mesoamerica." The Ancient Maya was written to share information about the Mayans. Readers will learn about the classical period of the Mayan Era, when several hundred cities with more than at least 50,000 citizens existed. They will also learn about the extensive religious system of the Mayan people. Additionally, readers will learn about their lives and achievements that may have lead to the fall of the empire. The book is divided into chapters about daily life, religion, achievements, and the fall of the empire.

The Ancient Maya is a good book for 3rd graders and up. For research, this could practically be used by anybody and is very resourceful, giving readers a thorough understanding of the Mayan people. That's also why people could benefit from buying this; there is a lot of information and the book gives a helpful timeline of events. It would work perfectly for a research project about the Maya. The Ancient Maya is not only a good book for people interested in the Mayan people, but it is also an excellent book for schools to purchase as a research tool. So don't miss out on The Ancient Maya by Jennifer Fretland VanVoorst , an excellent basic, yet thorough overview of the Mayan civilization.

Watch a book trailer created by the student reviewer, below:

Review written by Luis (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Media Masters Publicity for providing a copy of The Ancient Maya for this review.

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