Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cleopatra Rules! by Vicky Alvear Shecter

Cleopatra Rules!: The Amazing Life of the Original Teen QueenMost of what we have learned throughout history regarding this Egyptian princess has been flawed and skewed at best.  For exampled, she was not even Egyptian, she was Greek!  But Cleopatra was the original Queen Bee, and this book helps dispel some of the erroneous information, support some of the correct information, and allow us to see Cleo in a whole new light.

If more people wrote historical books for kids this well, more kids might be interested in history.  Written in biographical style for middle grade and young adult readers, this book does an excellent job of reaching its intended audience.  There is just the right amount of historical information mixed in with the perfect amount of "teen speak" to connect home with kids.  I found it to be incredibly informative, and I actually learned a ton from this book!

I loved the format of the book, in that it was broken down into traditional, chronological chapters following Cleo's life; however, within each chapter, there were little "break out" sections with additional tid bits of information in them, much like the structure of textbooks.  It helps break up the text on the page, which is important for young readers and highly visual learners.  The accompanying photographs were high quality, and gorgeous.  The book is complete with a glossary and index.

All in all, I found this book not only highly informative, but entertaining as well.  I think this is a great book for educators and parents to share with their children, and I for one would love to see more young adult biographies written in this style!

A review copy of this book was provided courtesy of the author.