How the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Were Built

Albatros. Nov. 2021. 56p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9788000061344.
Gr 4-6–Readers who enjoy browsable nonfiction will likely find this book appealing. A brief introduction explains why there are seven wonders, suggests that there is still much we don’t know about them, and compares the size of each to the Eiffel Tower. The book then focuses on each site in turn: the Pyramids of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes, and Pharos of Alexandria. For each, there are brief blocks of text that discuss major topics for the structure. For example, when discussing the Pyramids of Giza, there are paragraphs entitled “Land of the Nile,” “The Pharoah’s Architect, “Pyramid Cross-Section, and “Materials.” There are also many illustrations, including maps and renderings of the wonder while artisans were working on it and after they completed it. While there is no connected narrative of the building of each place and no back matter with additional material, readers will learn some interesting facts and statistics.
VERDICT A browsable introduction to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that might well be used to raise questions such as: What might be considered today’s wonders? Why do people create such huge projects? Is it a good idea?

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