Cause & Effect Ancient Civilizations: Reviews

Cause & Effect: The Ancient Maya: ISBN 978-1-68282-156-5 / eBook: 978-1-68282-157-2
VOYA, Feb 1, 2018

With comprehensive entries that dig deeper into history than just the facts, the Cause & Effect series—split into subtopics such Modern Wars and Ancient Civilizations—is solidly researched and expertly cited. Modern Wars: The Korean War may be of particular interest now to students and scholars alike. North Korea is a current political concern, and teens may want to know more about the peninsula and its history. Ancient Civilizations: The Ancient Maya is an interesting, highly enjoyable read. Students will learn that the Mayans had the best calendar of any civilization and a love for the sciences. The Mayans were centuries ahead of their time. Knowledge and science were important to them, as they were tied to their religion. Expert craftspeople left behind priceless artifacts in jade and other jewels. Much of the Mayan history that was preserved was lost when the Spaniards invaded and destroyed archives.
Each title is a welcome asset to any reference section. Reluctant readers are helped along by the visual time line at the beginning of each volume. Each chapter includes guided questions to help readers focus on the important points. Modern Wars contains seven titles, while Ancient Civilizations consists of eight. This quality series offers a broad range of topics useful for research projects and reports, as well as browsing.
—Pamela Thompson.


Cause & Effect: Ancient China: ISBN 978-1-68282-148-0 / eBook: 978-1-68282-149-7
Cause & Effect: Ancient Egypt: ISBN 978-1-68282-150-3 / eBook: 978-1-68282-151-0
Cause & Effect: Ancient Greece: ISBN 978-1-68282-152-7 / eBook: 978-1-68282-153-4
Cause & Effect: Ancient India: ISBN 978-1-68282-154-1 / eBook: 978-1-68282-155-8
Cause & Effect: Ancient Mesopotamia: ISBN 978-1-68282-158-9 / eBook: 978-1-68282-159-6
Cause & Effect: Ancient Rome: ISBN 978-1-68282-160-2 / eBook: 978-1-68282-161-9
Cause & Effect: The Ancient Aztecs: ISBN 978-1-68282-146-6 / eBook: 978-1-68282-147-3
Cause & Effect: The Ancient Maya: ISBN 978-1-68282-156-5 / eBook: 978-1-68282-157-2
School Library Journal, November 2017

Gr 9 Up—Well-written examinations of the factors that created, sustained, and eventually destroyed ancient civilizations distinguish this set. The books open with a look at surviving aspects and a brief history of each society, followed by four chapters that ask and answer key questions. Almost all the titles include information about the civilization’s roots, evolution, religious beliefs, military, and its eventual decline or destruction, but the other topics vary, from the transformative impacts of cuneiform writing and Athenian theater to the Silk Road and Aztec human sacrifice. The authors draw on contemporary scholarship and provide background, definitions, and clear analysis. This set provides high school readers and report writers with readable content that will help them to form a deeper understanding of cause and effect.
VERDICT A must for high school students.


Cause & Effect: Ancient China: ISBN 978-1-68282-148-0 / eBook: 978-1-68282-149-7
Cause & Effect: Ancient Egypt: ISBN 978-1-68282-150-3 / eBook: 978-1-68282-151-0
Cause & Effect: Ancient Greece: ISBN 978-1-68282-152-7 / eBook: 978-1-68282-153-4
Cause & Effect: Ancient India: ISBN 978-1-68282-154-1 / eBook: 978-1-68282-155-8
Cause & Effect: Ancient Mesopotamia: ISBN 978-1-68282-158-9 / eBook: 978-1-68282-159-6
Cause & Effect: Ancient Rome: ISBN 978-1-68282-160-2 / eBook: 978-1-68282-161-9
Cause & Effect: The Ancient Aztecs: ISBN 978-1-68282-146-6 / eBook: 978-1-68282-147-3
Cause & Effect: The Ancient Maya: ISBN 978-1-68282-156-5 / eBook: 978-1-68282-157-2
School Library Connection, January/February 2018

This series provides a thoughtful presentation and discussion of causes and consequences in Ancient civilizations. Each book starts with a brief history and presents other topics related to the specific civilizations. Margin quotes, full-color photographs and maps, and a visual chronology are included in the opening of each title. There are also sidebars, discussion questions, and excellent source notes. The eBook versions are searchable and, depending on the library system, available for note taking. The multi-user pricing for the eBooks is listed as $39.95, which seems like an excellent use of library resources. Print or digital, this first-rate series is impressive and would be an excellent addition to a middle or high school library. Additional Resources. Bibliography.
Constance G. Pappas, Teacher-Librarian, Skyridge Middle School, Camas, Washington
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