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Alexander the Great

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  82 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
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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Apr 20, 2017 Sonic rated it really liked it
Excellent, Demi!
Mar 17, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
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
Jan 08, 2016 Ledys rated it it was amazing
Demi's books are wonderful for teaching children (and yourself!) about historical events and world cultures, and this offering does not disappoint. Alexander's interesting life is sketched out, not only through interesting, engaging narrative, but also through rich artwork that gives the reader a feel for the cultures and times being represented. I had my seven-year-old sit down to read this to me while I worked in the kitchen and she was less than enthusiastic, but after a few pages she began r ...more
Megan M
May 25, 2012 Megan M rated it really liked it
Shelves: around-the-world
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.
"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
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
Apr 28, 2014 Jean-Marie rated it really liked it
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
Cynthia Egbert
Oct 05, 2015 Cynthia Egbert rated it liked it
Shelves: library
I really appreciated this telling of Alexander's life and choices. The visuals are stunning and the story is accurate in its portrayal. I especially appreciated the description of the meeting between Alexander and Diogenes.

"Alexander could feel the truth of Diogenes' words. He said, 'In my next life, I would not ask to be Alexander but to be Diogenes!' Diogenes said, 'You do not need to way that long. You can be Diogenes right now. Just come and sit in the sunlight with me and stop all your con
Feb 05, 2014 Juan-Diego rated it it was amazing
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
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,

Lissa Davies
Sep 17, 2012 Lissa Davies rated it it was amazing
Shelves: media-log
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
Jul 07, 2011 Nancy rated it liked 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
Jan 10, 2017 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-library, history
Jamming in the entire life and exploits of Alexander into one picture books is quite the task. Demi did a nice job. I don't feel my daughter or I will remember the details of the lands and people he conquered but we certainly now understand why he was such an important historical figure and how wide his reach got. I am so happy a map with the routes he travelled major battles are included at the end. The story is well illustrated with appropriate costumes, tapestries, art and architecture.
Sep 19, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book is gorgeous!

This book has got to be the most beautiful biography ever. I know it is the most beautiful book I've ever read about Alexander the Great. Even the battle scenes are stunningly elegant -- although I doubt very much that they were in real life.
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.
stewart campbell
Mar 03, 2014 stewart campbell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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May 12, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous! Kids loved this one, 5 yrs. and 9 yrs. really beautiful images and clear engaging text
Apr 17, 2015 Hilton rated it it was ok
Not sure how you make Alexander's personal history tedious but somehow they managed it.
Patricia Vue
Nov 21, 2016 Patricia Vue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This. Book is a good story about Alexander

It needs to change the text bigger and more info about Alexander and more realistic picture of Alexander in the past to the future
Apr 17, 2012 Mckinley rated it really liked it
Well done. Even facts and events from the time.
Mar 30, 2016 Marie rated it liked it
This book is full of great information especially if you are writing a research paper but the illustrations are horrible and unappealing to the young ones.
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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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