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Staff Picks: Books


A great big KUDOS goes to Richard Wilkinson and Jo Nelson for creating this engaging museum exhibit in a children's book.  Anyone in love with history and antiquities will enjoy Historium.  Young readers are given a glimpse of ancient civilizations from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania through the use of large photographs and illustrations presented in galleries instead of chapters.  More than 130 artifacts from these cultures were carefully chosen and researched by the authors.  It is very well written and provides the right level of details and definitions about each artifact, culture, and time period.  One of my favorite images is Plate 20, Ancient Persia (or page 77). The Frieze of Archers, dated around 510 BASE, is a full-page image of two of Darius the Great's 10,000 elite soldiers.  The aging on the glazed bricks and the intricate details of each soldier are amazing.  The introduction to the book starts by answering the question "What is archaeology?" then provides a timeline of the objects featured. This publication will engage young readers and should inspire future archaeologists, history buffs, and museum enthusiasts for sure.  Written for ages 8 to 12, Historium can be enjoyed by everyone.