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  • AINIV
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    Marrying Henry VIII was not an easy option - tips provided in this book include 'think carefully before accepting his proposal' and 'give birth to a son, not a daughter'. Set against a backdrop of turbulence in the royal court, this book describes Henry and his many wives - what went right, what went wrong and what became of them all. You really wouldn't want to be married to Henry VIII! This title in the popular You Wouldn't Want to Be series features full-colour illustrations which combine humour and accurate technical detail. Featuring brand new extra content including a timeline, fun facts a list of 'top' characters and a map.
  • AGSLA 7 years +
    7 years +
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    This title helps you rediscover the lost world of ancient Central America, with 450 exciting pictures and 15 step-by-step projects. You can step back in time to Central America before the Spanish conquest and discover fascinating facts about the people who lived there. You can explore the cultures and beliefs of the Olmecs, Maya, Toltecs and Aztecs - the great cities they constructed, their astronomical knowledge, their use of medicine, and their insatiable drive for human sacrifice. It features 15 step-by-step projects that actively involve the reader in bringing the past to life - use a fan fit for an emperor, make a Maya backstrap loom, wear a mosaic mask, and create the amazing Aztec sun stone. More than 450 photographs and illustrations include diagrams, historical maps and a pictorial timeline. It is ideal for home or school use for 8- to 12-year-olds. History records the Aztecs and Maya as bloodthirsty warriors and priests who committed brutal acts of human sacrifice, yet this is not the whole story. Ancient Mesoamericans also formed close-knit family groups, made beautiful masks from jade and built breathtaking pyramids that are still standing today. A variety of easy-to-make projects enable you to recreate the past. You can build a Maya house or a pyramid temple, eat Aztec-style tortillas, wear a bat brooch, and enjoy the Mesoamerican board game of patolli.
  • ANVNZ
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    'Whisky, A Very Peculiar History' takes a sideways look at this most inebriating beverage from its simplistic origins to its pride of place in the drinks cabinets of the world. When Henry VIII disbanded the monasteries and let those brewing monks out into the wilderness, he had no idea of the kind of beast he'd unleashed. Whisky was used as a medicine, giving 'the glow of apparent well-being' and even horses were known to be given a dram here and there (although via the kneecaps). Featuring quirky tales of whisky's development and refining through the ages and detailed stories about its effect on the common man and woman, 'Whisky, A Very Peculiar History' delivers a warm aftertaste of hilarity with every shot of fact.
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    Children can embark on an entertaining tour of London, taking in its many sights and sounds from Big Ben to the Beefeaters, and its rich history, as they complete all manner of exciting puzzles and games.
  • ARGIK 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Get ready...as a 12-year-old girl living in Britain in the 1880s, you are about to start work for a wealthy family. You will be busy all day long as a Victorian servant. This title can be used as a background approach to wider issues in Victorian times, such as class divides, daily life and the position of men and women. The humorous illustrations make learning fun, and encourage young readers to engage with the central servant character. Informative captions, a glossary and an index make this title an ideal and fun introduction to the conventions of non-fiction text. It is relevant to Key Stage 2 history and helps to achieve the goals of the Scottish Standard Curriculum 5-14.
  • AINMN
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    Seized by slave traders, separated from your native tribe, your family and friends, you are put up for sale in the slave market. Your life will be spent fetching and carrying, and pampering the egos of your masters. The household chores are back-breaking. You have no rights: you can't vote or take holiday or rest if you are ill. You really wouldn't want to be a slave in ancient Greece! This title in the popular You Wouldn't Want to Be series features full-colour illustrations which combine humour and accurate technical detail. Featuring brand new extra content including a timeline, fun facts a list of 'top' characters and a map.
  • AJZRC 6 years +
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    You are the son of a senior servant living in England in the 1400s. Instead of following in your father's footsteps and becoming a servant, you'd much rather become a knight! During your training, you will discover the tools of the trade, such as your armour, weapons, and horse, and get a glimpse of what it's really like to be a knight. After reading this book there will be no doubt in your mind that this is definitely armour you'd rather not wear!

    This title in the popular You Wouldn't Want to Be series features full-colour illustrations which combine humour and accurate technical detail. Featuring brand new extra content including a timeline, fun facts a list of 'top' characters and a map.

    Perfect for children who enjoy facts over fiction, You Wouldn't Want to Be a Medieval Knight ticks all of the right boxes.
  • AHGHH 7 years +
    7 years +
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    This book is part of the TreeTops Non-Fiction series which are full of fascinating facts and have been produced with stunning artwork and photography in a lively and modern design sure to attract all young readers. This book is also available as part of a mixed pack of 6 different books or a class pack of 36 books of the same Oxford Reading Tree stage. Each book pack comes with a free copy of up-to-date and invaluable teaching notes.
  • AOJUD
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    Children can join loveable dog Doodle McDoodle on an entertaining tour of Scotland, taking in its many sights and sounds, and its rich history, as they complete all manner of exciting puzzles and games.
  • BFATH
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    This title includes fascinating facts, step-by-step projects and over 3000 fabulous pictures. Explore the history of ancient civilizations in eight amazing history books. Discover how people lived in ancient days: their wars, work, inventions, fashion, art and food. Learn through 120 step-by-step hands-on projects that make history come alive: construct a Celtic shield, a Samurai helmet or a beautiful Egyptian necklace and find out how to make a Greek scroll or prepare some tasty Japanese rice balls! This title features over 3000 fabulous colour photographs, illustrations and artworks throughout. This is a thrilling reference collection for 8- to 12-year-olds. In this wonderful collection of history books, children can step into the amazing worlds of bygone empires, and learn about the art, culture and inventions of ancient civilisations. Designed to be accessible and stimulating for the independent reader, this insightful collection of books is excellent back-up for home or school reference. From exploring the forgotten world of the Aztec and Mayas, to discovering the marvellous secrets of ancient Japan, the books journey through time and trace the rise and fall of some of the most important and diverse cultures in history. Beautifully designed with over 3000 fabulous colour photographs, illustrations and artworks, this collection is an ideal companion for any home- or school-based study. Each book contains over 15 hands-on step-by-step projects to enable you to recreate the diverse legacies of the past.
  • BHPIK 7 years +
    7 years +
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    The spread of female suffrage is one of the success stories of the 20th century, but it was not achieved without a great deal of hardship. Eyewitnesses tell the story from both sides of the Atlantic, and we learn that even today there is still some way to go. The humorous cartoon-style illustrations and the narrative approach encourage readers to get emotionally involved with the characters, aiding their understanding of what life would have been like being a Suffragette. Informative captions, a complete glossary and an index make this title an ideal introduction to the conventions of non-fiction texts for young readers.
  • BCOXA
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    Scotland: A Very Peculiar History - Volume 1 is a lively and informative account of the vibrant history of Scotland, from its earliest inhabitants up to the beginnings of Stewart rule. It celebrates the origins and cultural achievements of the Scottish, giving an up-to-date and objective account of the nation's history, with 'No added Haggis'! Volume 2 is the concluding half of the history of Scotland, from the beginnings of Stewart rule up to modern day Scotland. Covering key periods in Scottish history, from the fierce Jacobite uprising to John Logie Baird's insulating socks, this title concludes the Very Peculiar History account of the nation's chequered (or rather, 'tartaned') history. Presented as an attractive box set, this will make the perfect gift for anyone who would like to learn more about the history of Scotland.
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    What's that noise? Is it the Thunderbird bringing doom and destruction from the skies? Or could it be the growling of the Minotaur as it paces around its labyrinth, waiting for its next victim? Find out which horrid beast ranks highest on the fear factor in this compendium of creepiness. Includes information about the historical origins of the myths in which these monsters appear and their effect on life today. The Top Ten Worst series counts down the ghastliest ghoulies, the most petrifying pirates, the angriest animals, the nastiest natural disasters, and much, much more! Colourful and humourous illustrations accompany the terrifying text, which features information on how to survive everything from the worst volcanic eruption to the world's deadliest animal. Each title explores the facts and the science behind each subject as well as looking at their impact on the world at large. Topics and subjects are put in a geographical and historical context so the reader can breathe a sigh of relief if the threat is very old or far away. Captions and speech bubbles bring the illustrations to life while 'Vital Statistics' fact boxes fill you in on all the details. All titles feature a full glossary and index, which back up the scientific and historical information found within the books.
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    What would you say if someone gave you a bap, a dap, or a garron? How would you feel if they called you a dux or a sneuter? Do you know what to do with a flane, a hushock, a kist, or tassie? Could you wear raploch or schort-hoozle? Eat a cake that was gibbery, or keggum? And, with your nearest and dearest, how would you fancy a spot of houghmagandie? North of the Border - it's not just the accent that's different, the whole language is not the same. In fact, there are several different ways of speaking in Scotland, from the Borders in the south to the northernmost Orkney and Shetland Isles. This book will look at them all, although it will focus on Scots - the traditional language of the majority of Scottish people for the past thousand years and more. Fact boxes, a full glossary, timeline and index make the book both fun and informative to use.
  • AMKIM 7 years +
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    For thousands of years people have wondered how the world began. How the World Began includes creation myths that attempt to explain this. Meet gods, goddesses and giants at the beginning of time as they create the earth in these myths from China, North America, Australia, Britain and the South Pacific. Captivating versions of some of the best myths and legends from around the world. TreeTops Myths and Legends are fascinating and action-packed stories that will motivate and inspire readers. These are some of the oldest and most enduring stories in the world, retold by leading contemporary children's authors to bring out all of the action, drama, humour and depth of the original stories in a way that makes them as exciting and meaningful today as ever. The stories are beautifully illustrated in a range of styles to bring each tale to life. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.
  • ABBIB 7 years +
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    Tracing the architectural and social history of the cathedral, with one eye on the variety of things that could go very, very wrong, Avoid Working on a Medieval Cathedral! takes you through the hard life of a stonemason at Canterbury Cathedral, dealing with pesky pilgrims and bothersome bishops along the way. You won't survive to see it finished, but you can rest assured your work will be appreciated for many centuries to come. The Danger Zone is a constantly-growing library of over 50 exciting titles which transport the reader to the grisliest times and places in history. The first-person narrative approach puts the reader in the shoes (or sandals or army boots or cloth sacks) of some of the most unfortunate people ever to have lived - from pyramid builders to viking explorers, from medieval knights to the crew of the Titanic. This approach encourages readers to get emotionally involved with the story and characters, aiding their understanding of some of the most important periods in history. Humourous cartoon-style illustrations and speech bubbles bring the characters to life, while informative captions explain processes or chronological events. Each spread comes complete with a Handy Hint box, offering a clever tip on how to survive whatever ghastly situation you've found yourself in. A complete glossary and index featured in every title makes The Danger Zone an ideal introduction to the conventions of non-fiction texts for young readers.
  • AAVTW 7 years +
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    It's not all longing looks across the dining room from that high-class gentleman! Life as a Victorian servant was tough, tough, tough! Discover the bizarre and oh-so-strict rules one had to keep to when serving the dignitaries in "Victorian Servants: A Very Peculiar History". Rise up through the ranks from washerwoman to housemaid to ladies' maid and beyond, but mind you don't keep any 'followers', as boyfriends are immoral and are strictly not allowed! While you wait on hand and foot from 5.30 am to 11 pm you won't even have time to rest your own. The chamber pots are certainly not to be sniffed at, and remember if the bell rings once, you are wanted. It's hard work but it's better than the alternative: begging, returning home penniless or heading to the workhouse. You'll discover stories of suffering and household tips galore in "Victorian Servants: A Very Peculiar History"!
  • APVWT 7 years +
    7 years +
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    The Ancient Egyptian pyramids along the river Nile are one of the wonders of the world. These world famous sites are places where ancient history can still be explored today. These monuments have puzzled and fascinated archaeologists and historians for hundreds of years. Solving the Mysteries of the Pyramids explores these amazing ruins and looks in detail at other famous sites, such as the Great Sphinx and at the culture of mummifying the dead; burying them with food, animals, gold, weapons and other offerings for the gods. The book fills in the details of how we think the people who lived there at the time built and used these amazing tombs. It also explains how some of the archaeological discoveries were uncovered, which have helped to piece together our understanding of this fascinating time.
  • AGSIR 7 years +
    7 years +
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    This title lets you step back to the time of shoguns and samurai, with 15 step-by-step projects and over 330 exciting pictures. You can discover the amazing Japanese civilization and learn about a culture that has existed for thousands of years. You can marvel at the secrets of this island nation - a land of emperors and shoguns, tea ceremonies and martial arts. It features fact boxes that provide extra insights and highlight links with the present; 15 practical projects that enable you to re-create the past - wear a dramatic theatrical mask, fly a carp streamer, decorate an elaborate Japanese screen, and make a magnificent helmet fit for a samurai warrior; and more than 330 photographs and illustrations that include diagrams, a historical map and a pictorial timeline. It is ideal for home or school use for 8- to 12-year-olds. This title lets you step back in time more than 30,000 years, to when the first settlers reached Japan and a highly sophisticated civilization was born. You can explore the grand palaces of regal emperors and shoguns, be amazed by the fighting skills of the feuding samurai, and admire the exquisite embroidery of the palace women's glossy silk kimonos. It features step-by-step projects that allow you to delve into everyday life and find out about ancient Japanese foods, skills and fashions - make delicious rice balls, try your hand at the delicate art of calligraphy, and sculpt a netsuke toggle.
  • ARXHZ
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    100 Facts Kings & Queens takes an in-depth look at British kings and queens across the ages for children aged 7+. Discover why Boudicca was known as the warrior queen, and how she was defeated by the Romans. Read about medieval monarchs and their colourful lives and exploits. Running chronologically, children can trace the monarchy of the British Isles up to the modern day. Exactly 100 numbered facts will challenge children, acting as an incentive as they make their way through the book. Packed with artwork and photographs, and panels containing activities, quizzes and cartoons, 100 Facts Kings & Queens is the ideal introduction to this core topic.
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    Step inside the Colosseum at Rome around AD80 and discover for yourself the technological wonders, the vicious weapons, the thrills and the dangers of a great Roman arena. Find out why this incredible feat of architecture was built, who paid for it and where the money came from. And then gasp at the stars, the Gladiators who fought for their lives in the ancient Roman Colosseum and made it so lucrative for those in charge of this ruthless business. Astounding architectural acheivements are explained and explored with full-colour cutaway illustrations. Pinpoint enlargements focus on the day to day lives of the people, looking at how they ate, dressed, entertained themselves and sometimes fought. Illustrations of artifacts and paintings from the era help to support the main text by providing proof which explains how we know what we know. Informative captions, maps, a complete glossary and an index make these titles ideal educational texts. Each one features a sturdy flexi-bound cover with gold foiling.
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    This engrossing new fiction series follows the fortunes and crises of a group of students at an inner-city, multicultural ballet school as they contend with the pressures of dancing, form friendships, and try to discover their place in the world. The first book follows the journey of a boy dancer, Peter, as he struggles with being bullied by his peers over his passion and considers giving up ballet, until a chance encounter with a dog and a famous footballer works to change his perspective. Touching on many of the concerns and interests that occupy children in contemporary Britain, these stories will thrill, move and fascinate young readers.
  • AUGUK
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    300 Fantastic Facts History explores the fascinating ancient world. Readers aged 7+ can discover how the pyramids were built, why the Spartans were always ready for war and which parts of the world were ruled by Rome. This brilliant book is bursting with illustrations and amazing photographs whilst the engaging text is presented in 300 numbered paragraphs. Feature panels throughout provide fun facts, cartoons, quizzes and activities.
  • AZVGC
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    Dundee the fourth largest city in Scotland, famous for jute, jam and journalism - but that's not all! Fiona MacDonald delves into the very peculiar history of Scotland's best kept secret. From the Picts - and Plots, to the fish and the fleece, learn all about this fascinating Scottish city. Featuring black and white illustrations, witty anecdotes and incredible trivia, readers will be entertained and educated.