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Adventures with the Vikings by Linda Bailey
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Mar 06, 09

bookshelves: young-reader
Read in March, 2009

Adventures with the Vikings weaves a fictional story of time-traveling children with historical and cultural details of the Vikings. A lot of ground is covered including housing, society, travel, clothing, law, writing, religion, war, and exploration among others.

The fictional story maintains enough interest in young readers to the point that the factual content provided in a side "guidebook" on each page is listened to intently. The illustrations range from full 2-page spreads to comic panel style layouts. Illustrator Bill Slavin provides an enjoyable level of detail giving even background characters enough style and charm to hint at individual personalities.

Almost every page interconnects both the storyline setting and the historical content. Geared to middle elementary level, if tackled in multiple readings even younger children will find this book interesting and undoubtedly have many questions (as demonstrated by my son who is in senior kindergarten). Adults will also likely learn something new. Overall, good enough to warrant searching out other volumes in the series.
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