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Hidden Army: Clay Soldiers of Ancient China

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For more than two thousand years, a secret army of life-size terra-cotta soldiers lay buried underground in China. But in 1974, some farmers digging a well discovered the first of what turned out to be an army of more than 7,000. Who made them? And why? In this fascinating reader, kids will learn all about one of the wonders of the ancient world and the fierce first empero ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published February 3rd 2011 by Grosset & Dunlap
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Treasure
Dec 23, 2011 Treasure rated it it was amazing
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Covering a topic not often seen in a children’s nonfiction collection, this book tells young readers about the terracotta army buried with China’s first emperor, Emperor Qin. It covers early Chinese history and present-day archaeology in a format designed to be both informative and interesting. The book is part of a series aimed at independent young readers, so it was surprising to find that there is no table of contents and that many of the words were much larger than some readers would be read ...more
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Nov 21, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing
In 1974, farmers in China stumbled upon something in the ground when building a well. That something was an entire army of clay soldiers. Purposefully buried under the earth, archaeologists discovered that hundreds of soldiers were made out of terra cotta, a type of clay. The book travels back into history and tells of the Emperor Qin of the Qin Dynasty. The emperor's reign brought the Great Wall of China. The emperor had a huge pyramid built to house himself when he died, and he had the clay so ...more
Amy Carr
May 20, 2011 Amy Carr rated it it was amazing
Picked this book up at the Scholastic Warehouse sale on a whim...and it is FASCINATING!!! Great introduction to the terra cotta soldiers of ancient China but also the history of where they came from and the manaical emperor that had they created. Pictures and "friendly" text makes this a great read for children just starting to really read alone. But I loved it!
Rachel Dalton
I found myself fascinated by this book, and I think young readers will as well. This informational book about the clay soldiers discovered from the Qin dynasty includes both real photographs as well as painted illustrations. It is organized into "chapters" that make it very easy to follow while still presenting information in a more advanced manner.
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Jul 04, 2014 Kathy Chung rated it really liked it
I think this is a lovely book to get kids interested in the China's history.
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