Lost Cities by Giles Laroche

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers

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Summary:  Thirteen lost cities are profiled from all over the world.  Each includes an illustration of the city, a second-person introduction (“If you were a young Roman living in Herculaneum…”), the location, who lived there, why the city was lost, how it was rediscovered in modern times, and an unsolved mystery about it.  Includes a map showing the location of each city, a timeline of when each was first settled, a page showing how the illustrations were created, and a list of selected sources.  40 pages; grades 2-6.

Pros:  These amazingly detailed cut-paper illustrations will draw readers in to learning more about ancient cities from around the world.  The information, especially the “What’s mysterious?” section will definitely whet some appetites to look for more information.

Cons:  This is a jumping-off place for getting kids interested, rather than a resources for any kind of serious research.

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