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Tikal: The Center of the Maya World (Wonders of the World Book) [Hardcover]

By Elizabeth Mann (Author) & Tom McNeely (Illustrator)
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Examines the culture and great achievements of Tikal, the largest city of the Mayan dynasty, which prospered from trade and military triumphs, and whose people mastered the principles of mathematics, architecture, agriculture, and astronomy.

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During the first millennium AD, one of the world's great civilizations appeared in the dense jungles of Mesoamerica. All over the Yucatan Peninsula, the Maya mastered sophisticated principles of mathematics, architecture, agriculture and astronomy and created scores of powerful city-states. At the center of this world was the largest city of them all -- Tikal.

Sprawling over twenty-five square miles, Tikal was situated in the heart of the Yucatan, near rivers that flowed to every corner of the Maya world. Tikal prospered from trade and military triumphs. Its rulers used its wealth to build a magnificent city of palaces, grand plazas and some of the largest stone pyramids seen in the Americas.

As with all great achievements of a civilization, Tikal is a window into the culture that created it. By telling the story of the city -- from its humble beginnings, through its bloody wars, to its "golden age" -- Tikal illuminates the Maya world in all its grandeur, glory and genius.

"Wonders of the World" series

The winner of numerous awards, this series is renowned for Elizabeth Mann's ability to convey adventure and excitement while revealing technical information in engaging and easily understood language. The illustrations are lavishly realistic and accurate in detail but do not ignore the human element. Outstanding in the genre, these books are sure to bring even the most indifferent young reader into the worlds of history, geography, and architecture.

""One of the ten best non-fiction series for young readers."" - Booklist

Citations And Professional Reviews
Tikal: The Center of the Maya World (Wonders of the World Book) by Elizabeth Mann & Tom McNeely has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 882
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 12/01/2002 page 1770
  • Booklist - 12/15/2002 page 757
  • School Library Journal - 01/01/2003 page 165
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 203
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 58
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2003 page 203
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 585
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 719

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Item Specifications...

Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.84" Width: 10.62" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 2, 2002
Publisher   Mikaya Press
Age  9-13
ISBN  193141405X  
ISBN13  9781931414050  

Availability  0 units.

More About Elizabeth Mann & Tom McNeely

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Elizabeth Mann has written nine Wonders of the World books, an award-winning series. She is former teacher in New York, holds an M.S.E. and is cofounder of Mikaya Press.

Fernando Rangel was born in Bogata, Colombia, and grew up in Queens, N.Y. He earned a B.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts and trained at the Chatauqua School of Art.

Elizabeth Mann currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York. Elizabeth Mann was born in 1948.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > Central & South America
3Books > Subjects > History > Americas > Central America > General

Reviews - What do customers think about Tikal: The Center of the Maya World (Wonders of the World Book)?

Tikal  Nov 14, 2007
This book is for children, not for adults that are planning a visit to Tikal.
It was disappointing for that reason.
The splendors of Tikal  Jan 4, 2007
This is a very good book to get the attention of youth about the Maya. It is enjoyable for us oldsters too.

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