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Alexander the Great

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Demi's storytelling skills bring Alexander the Great's exploits to life. Her splendid illustrations were painted with Chinese inks and gold overlays and with frames inspired by jewels from the tomb of Philip II of Macedonia at Verghina.
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Two Lions
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With gorgeous endpapers resembling tapestry wall hangings and her trademark mixed media illustrations filled with gold, Demi tackles the life of Alexander the Great. Born in 356 BCE, Alexander was clearly destined for greatness, and yet, as I read the accounts of battle after battle, triumph after triumph, I couldn't help but feel saddened that this brilliant strategist wasted so much of his energy and his 32 years of life on conquering other lands. By doing so, he added to his own wealth, but a ...more
This is beautifully illustrated picture book biography of Alexander the Great. This book does not glorify war or the conquests of the great Alexander. If anything it shows how brutal and destruction war can be. One might even think that land acquisitions and war were nothing more than a mere game to Alexander. I especially enjoyed the part where Alexander meets the great Greek philosopher and mystic Diogenes who is lying in his tub and enjoying the sunshine in his face. When Diogenes tells Alexa ...more
I liked this book because it really tells me about Alexander's life. Alexander was born on July 20, 356 BCE in Pella, located in Greece. He was taught to fight, and also kill lions. My favorite part of the story was when Alexander had a big army and the army had super long spears. His archers were the best in the empire. His weapons included mobile siege towers, stone-throwinng catapults, and javelin hurlers.

He became King of Macedonia, then he conquered many places like Asia, and he died becau
Megan Sanchez
I've never read anything by Demi, but I have a feeling that I will searching out more of her over 100 children's books. This is a gorgeous biography of Alexander, with concise, informative writing and beautiful, detailed illustrations. I was very impressed by Demi's ability to tell the story of Alexander's life in a simple way that would be readable and comprehensible to a child, but without dumbing down anything.
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: September 8th, 2014

Author: Demi

Title: Alexander the Great

Plot: Alexander the Great is known as the greatest general who ever lived. Demi's picture-story book focuses on Alexander the Great and his quest to conquer and rule over kingdoms and dynasties.

Setting: Macedonia, Thebes, Athens, Persia, India, Far East, Tyre, Gaza, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Gaugamela, Babylon, Susa, Persepolis, Pasargadae (and other various places).

Characters: King Philip II, Queen Olympias, Darius III, Diogenes,

Alexander the Great did not live very long even for the time period he lived in and his royal status. By age 32, he had conquered much of the world and changed the cultures of many lands to include Greek customs and rulers. Son of King Philip II of Macedonia, a Greek kingdom, he inherited his father's throne when he died at a young age and took dad's powerful army across Asia, the Middle East and Africa to conquer some of the most important lands in the Ancient World. His ancestors became rulers ...more
"What good does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose his soul?" (Mark 8:36)

This book is a homeschool gem. It covers the early life of Alexander (including the story of his taming his horse, Bucephalus and schooling under Aristotle) and Alexander's inheritance of his kingdom from his father (thankfully skipping over the strong possibility of Alexander's mother, Olympia's, role in his father's death), as well as many of his battles, his premature death, and ends with a map of his
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Mary Louise Sanchez
Demi's beautiful illustrations deliver Alexander the Great's story through a tapestry effect. It's hard to believe he traveled and conquered so much of the known ancient Greek world by the time he was thirty two.
Not sure how you make Alexander's personal history tedious but somehow they managed it.
In 338 BCE at age 18, Alexander led a cavalry charge into battle, helping his father conquer the Greek cities of Thebes and Athens, to bring them under Macedonian rule. So I asked Calvin, what are YOU going to do with your life? LOL. This is a beautiful book, of course, because of the illustrations. Alexander's name kept coming up in our Bible study this winter, so I figured I better find out a bit about him. He was indeed ambitious, but I wouldn't exactly say I'd want my kids emulating everythi ...more
Lissa Davies
A beautifully illustrated biography of Alexander the Great. The sparse text, written in the style of a timeline, focuses on his battles and victories. The final pages, a two-page map of Alexander's route and conquests of most of the ancient world, are stunning.

While Alexander must have had some striking abilities as a strategist, Demi provides little insight as to why he was so successful, or into his personal life, but this book serves as a wonderful introduction to Alexander's exploits and ba
Gorgeous! Kids loved this one, 5 yrs. and 9 yrs. really beautiful images and clear engaging text

Not the same square shape as the others, but same height.
Well done. Even facts and events from the time.
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Demi (September 2, 1942) born Charlotte Dumaresq Hunt, is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. During her career she has published over 300 titles.

Demi was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the great-grand daughter of the American painter William Morris Hunt, and the great-grand niece of architect Richard Morris Hunt. Demi earned her nickname as a young child when her fa
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