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The Emperor's Army

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
-Angelica Carpenter, curator, Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature "Once again, Virginia Pilegard perfectly blends history and mathematics." -Jonathan Dueck, mathematics coordinator, Fresno County Office of Education When the first emperor of China falls under the influence of an evil prime minister out to abolish education, a wise scholar and his son f ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Pelican Publishing Company
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Apr 21, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
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The Book: The Emperor's Army; A Mathematical Adventure by Viginia Pilegard and illustrated by Adrian Tans. This book is recommended for grades 3 to 5 and has a copyright date of 2010 published by Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. This books explain why the terra Cotta warriors in China were made and buried. It helps students understand Chinese History. It begins with books being burned and artists disappearing. A young boy begins to think the Emperor is behind the atrocities.

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Apr 27, 2011 Carmen rated it it was ok
Billed as "a mathematical adventure," The Emperor's Army proved weak on many fronts. It was not an adventure, was factually inaccurate (as far as I am aware, no one discovered the Terra Cotta Army until the 1970s--not immediately after the emperor died as indicated in the story), and the facts and figures wrestle with the narrative disconcertingly. Although vibrantly painted illustrations bring ancient China to life and an historical note clarifies how and when the terra-cotta army was discovere ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Karen rated it it was ok
My six-year-old son recently became obsessed with Qin Shi Huang's clay army, so when he found this book at our library he was delighted. Unfortunately, his delight did not last long.

This book tries to be so many things: History, art, political, and a "mathematical adventure", and it fails to be any one of those things, and, more importantly, it fails to be a good picture book.
Katie Logonauts
A bit of a departure from the rest of the series, this book tells the story of a father and son in court of Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang who are forced into hiding by the emperors proclamation against books and scholars. This leads them to discover the building of the emperor's famed terracotta warriors, and the Author's Note includes information about their eventual re-discovery.
Estimation: This one is more of a historical fiction book retelling the story of the clay army, but a boy notices the army being built and is able to estimate how many soldiers were made.
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