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Broida, Marian. Ancient Israelites and their neighbors; an activity guide.

Chicago Review. 140p. illus. bibliog. index. c2003. 1-55652-457-9. $16.95.

There isn't a day that we do not hear news from the present-day Middle East. Broida helps YAs answer the question, "What was the Middle East like for the Philistines, Phoenicians, and the Israelites from 1200 B.C.E.--600 B.C.E.?" A reader can easily pick up on Broida's efforts to remain unbiased (especially in terms of religion).

Broida completed extensive research to portray these ancient cultures and their religions accurately. In addition, this activity book contains 39 different hands-on experiences that help bring to life those that lived in Ancient Israel. The research-based activities include an extensive materials list (be sure to stop by your local craft store to locate many of the supplies) and detailed instructions with a few diagrams. Readers can pick and choose which activities would be most beneficial, keeping in mind the difficulty level and time necessary to complete each activity.

This activity book could be utilized solely for research purposes for all the information that is included. A wide range of illustrations is utilized, including maps, photographs (especially of ruins and artwork), and drawings, most in b/w. The extensive timeline, as well as the glossary, index, and future research ideas (listing children's book and Web sites), make this activity book a great resource. Jennifer Baldwin, M.S. Teacher, Stella, MO
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Date:Jan 1, 2004
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