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  • Benin

    By Izzi Howell
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    Izzi Howell
    Benin was an important kingdom in West Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. Find out about Benin's magnificent capital city, the objects that Benin traded with Europe and their intricate bronze plaques and statues. Read about food and farming, armies and weapons, the life of a craftsman and how to make a leopard statue!Packed with fascinating information, the Explore! series inspires children's curiosity to find out more about the past. A great tool for readers age 8+ or teachers looking for books to support the new curriculum.
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  • Burial Places

    By John Malam
    Authors:
    John Malam
    Get ready for a prehistoric adventure! We discover ghostly Maes Howe, an enormous 5,000-year-old tomb covered in Viking graffiti. Britain is jam-packed with these mystical, silent burial places, and exploring them can tell us about the culture, society and beliefs of our earliest ancestors. It's time to get out your magnifying glass and examine the real artefacts that archaeologists have uncovered, from the giant capstones of megalithic tombs to the treasure of an ancient chieftain!Prehistoric burial places lie silent across the British countryside. Long and round barrows, megalithic tombs and passage graves all provide important evidence of the daily life and burial practices of Stone, Bronze and Iron age communities. It's time to take a closer look at these ancient landmarks to find out why they were built, how they were used and who they were used by. Learn about Maes Howe, West Kennet Long Barrow, Bush Barrow, Pentre Ifan, Lanyon Quoit and many more incredible sites of ancient burials, including the chariot queen, that can be found across Britain and give evidence of the lives of prehistoric people. There are four titles in the Prehistoric Adventures series, looking at stone circles, ancient settlements, burial places and hill forts.
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  • The Baker's Boy and the Great Fire of London

    By Tom Bradman, Tony Bradman, Andy Catling
    Authors:
    Tom Bradman, Tony Bradman
    Illustrated by:
    Andy Catling
    This exciting story brings the tale of the great fire of London to life for young readers. When Will Farriner wakes to the sound of crackling flames and the smell of smoke, he knows something is terribly wrong! As his family escape the flames engulfing their bakery, Will realises he must stop the fire from spreading. But what can be done before all of London goes up in smoke?Full of adventure and danger, this short text is suitable for struggling readers but engaging enough to give confident readers a quick, fun read.Suitable for use in schools as guided reading texts or for reading independently.
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    The Book of Flags

    By Rob Colson
    Authors:
    Rob Colson
    Did you know that the US Star-Spangled Banner was designed by a 17-year-old school boy? Or that the Brazilian flag shows a star constellation of the night sky from 1889? Welcome to the bizarre and fascinating world of flags! From the chequered Formula 1 flag and the rainbow banner to historical standards and country flags, this book is packed with amazing facts, stories and curiosities behind some of the world's most iconic banners. Discover the cultural and political history behind each flag, as well as flag rituals, historical uses of flags and heaps of curiosities and unusual facts.
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  • Bonkers Boffins, Inventors & other Eccentric Eggheads

    By Paul Mason
    Authors:
    Paul Mason
    Find out which world-famous inventor's last breath has been captured in a test tube, which boffin loved nothing more than a roasted armadillo for lunch, and which scientist fell in love with a pigeon. The books in the Barmy Biogs series are full of the facts that history books don't mention about some of the most famously crackpot characters in world history! Read them and history will never be the same again...Other titles in the series: Crackpot Kings, Queens & other Daft RoyalsDastardly Dictators, Rulers & other Loony LeadersPotty Painters, Writers & other Barmy Artists
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  • Battles

    By Rob Colson
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    Rob Colson
    Find out about 12 of the biggest and most brutal battles in the history of the world, from Thermopylae in 480 BCE right the way through to Operation Desert Storm in 1991, taking in Cannae, Agincourt, Lepanto, the Siege of Yorktown, Trafalgar, Waterloo, Gettysburg, the Somme, the Battle of Britain and the Siege of Stalingrad. Explore the date and location of each battle, the opposing forces involved and the casualties resulting. A timeline on every spread gives the key dates from each battle, and what happened when. Additional background information to each conflict is also provided, including the Punic Wars, the Hundred Years' War, the American Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the American Civil War, World War 1, World War 2 and the first Gulf War. Take a look at the technology, tactics and weaponry involved in each battle, from the longbow at Agincourt and the galleasses at Lepanto to the trench warfare of the Somme and the stealth fighter jets of the Gulf War. Infographic elements present information in a simple and highly visual way. The perfect resource for project work on battles, warfare and military history, or simply a great leisure read, for children aged 9 and above. For more epic events, try reading the other titles in the Epic series: Animal Migrations, Empires and Explorers.
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  • Banished, Beheaded or Boiled in Oil

    By Neil Tonge, Tom Morgan-Jones
    Authors:
    Neil Tonge
    Illustrated by:
    Tom Morgan-Jones
    Welcome, Reader! This is the history book you've been waiting for! Steal away to the past with us and discover all there is to know about Tudor torture, Medieval misdemeanour, Victorian villainy and Aztec altar executions.Take a trip through history to find out about the grim, gruesome and downright gut-churning methods of punishment societies employed in the past - from being boiled alive in ancient Greece to being split in two in the Middle Ages.Who gave criminals a very literal roasting? Who used to execute animals for committing crimes? And what is the most popular penalty in history? Dip into these chronicles of crime and punishment and find out about law-makers, law-breakers and the most stomach-churning ways in which they were penalised.A great tool for the KS2 study of the changes in crime and punishment in Britain and the world.
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  • Bombers

    By Tim Cooke
    Authors:
    Tim Cooke
    Bombers strike without warning from high above the clouds. Some can fly long distances, carrying huge quantities of bombs. Others use smart missiles to strike targets on the ground. Either way, bombers and their deadly weapons are hard to stop once they are in the air! This book introduces teh world's greatest strike aircraft. Find out about leading bombers from around the world - including their technical specifications.Learn about the history of military strike aircraft - from their first use, through incredible developments in technology, right up to the most clever machines around today. Ultimate Military Machines delves into the incredible world of fighting machines and takes an upclose look at the latest technology used by the army, navy and air forces today. Each title takes an indepth look at one type of military vehicle - from its first use in warfare up to recent conflicts.
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  • The British Empire

    By Ellis Roxburgh
    Authors:
    Ellis Roxburgh
    Find out how Britain came to rule around 458 million people around the world and what life was like for the people of these colonies? Discover the key explorers that played a role in the building of the empire, John Cabot, Sir Walter Raleigh and Captain James Cook. And find out about how the British Empire became the Commonwealth of Nations in 1949 and the on-going tensions that resulted in the Falklands War.Each book in this series covers a particular empire or regional series of empires, charting its history from its rise to its eventual fall. Concise text and supporting boxes explore the reasons for the empire's success and its failure and explain the mechanics of governing the empire and the experience of living under it.
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  • Benin 900-1897 CE

    By Alice Harman
    Authors:
    Alice Harman
    Who were the leaders of Benin? What was life like for ordinary people? Why was Benin destroyed? What are Benin bronzes? This book helps children at Key Stage 2 discover the answers to these and other fascinating questions. It also recommends sites on the Internet and sources in local libraries where they can find out more about Benin 900-1897CE. The detective shows how to create a project about people's lives during the rise and fall of Benin, make animal sculptures like those that were offered up to Benin's gods and write a letter to Benin's leader explaining your thoughts about the slave trade. Packed with fascinating information, The History Detective Investigates series inspires children's curiosity to find out more about the past.
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  • Bravery in World War II (The National Archives)

    By Peter Hicks
    Authors:
    Peter Hicks
    Could you diffuse a bomb with only moments to act? Or save a pilot from a burning plane? Could you escape from a prisoner of war camp or act as a spy in enemy lands? That is exactly what the people in this book did! Beyond the Call of Duty gives accounts of outstanding bravery and courage in wartime. This title looks at members of the armed forces of World War II who risked their own lives to help others in frightening and dangerous situations. Find out how these heroic individuals acted under great pressure, how people were awarded for their bravery, and more about the events of the war they were fighting in. All these stories come from original source material held at The National Archives. Documents, images and records have been used to recreate each real-life act of courage. Accompanying each story are context panels that give more information about the events of World War II. Where people have been awarded for their act of bravery, the story is accompanied by a fact panel that gives details of the event, date and medal that they received.
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  • Bravery in World War I (The National Archives)

    By Peter Hicks
    Authors:
    Peter Hicks
    Could you shoot down an enemy plane, or help other soldiers when shells and gas were exploding around you? Could you act calmly when facing an enemy tank, or carry a wounded man across muddy ground and enemy gunfire? That is just what the people in this book did!Bravery in World War I gives accounts of members of the armed forces of who risked their own lives to help others in frightening and dangerous situations. Find out how these heroic individuals acted under great pressure, how people were awarded for their bravery, and more about the events of the war they were fighting in.Documents, images and records from The National Archives have been used to recreate each real-life act of courage.Context panels give more information about the events of the World Wars, and the reasons that people were put in dangerous situations.A great study guide for the events World War 1, bringing together real life experiences with explanations of key events and people of the First World War. 'A second thought' feature boxes ask readers to think again about the story they have read and aspects of it that would have required difficult and quick decision making.The Beyond the Call of Duty series remembers and records acts of great bravery in both World Wars. Other titles in the series look at the courage of people in the Second World War, of civilians and of animals in wartime.
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  • British History

    By Bob Fowke
    Authors:
    Bob Fowke
    'Who's Who in British History' contains biographies of 250 of the most important people in British history. Written in an informal, friendly style, the book provides essential information about their lives. Aimed at children of 8-12 years, the book is easy to use, with cross references, a glossary and an index. The text is interspersed with appealing cartoon-style illustrations.Includes a huge range of biographies from kings and queens, artists, saints, writers, inventors, sporting heroes, explorers, politicians and statesmen, philanthropists, pilots, rebels and villains, pretenders to the throne to teachers, warriors and fashion victims.Expert consultant: Dr Miles Taylor of King's College, University of London.
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  • The Blitz

    By Simon Adams
    Authors:
    Simon Adams
    The key events, figures and chronology of World War II provide the backdrop to the experiences of civilians during the war years. The different experiences of children and their families are shown from a child's perspective. Everyday lives are explored using real sources and accounts form the period including newspaper articles, posters, speeches and personal recollections. Readers are encouraged to identify with those who experienced the war.
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  • Bombs and Blackberries - A World War Two Play

    By Julia Donaldson
    Authors:
    Julia Donaldson
    World War II has been declared and the Chiver's children are sent to the safety of the countryside. They are delighted to be brought back home when it looks like the Germans aren't going to invade after all. But the air-raid siren goes off and this time it's frighteningly real.This dramatic and often touching play brings Manchester during the Second War War and its people to life, and provides a variety of opportunities for KS2 classes to explore both historical and literacy topics in an involving and creative setting.
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