Philip Steele has a passion for writing about history. He is a well-known author of more than one hundred children's books, including Castles, Pirates, Knights, The Best Book of Mummies, The World of Pirates, and The World of Castles. He was a student of medieval French and German literature, and has visited castles in England, France, Germany, Spain, and Poland. He has travelled to the Valley of the Kings and other sites of Ancient Egypt, and has met mummies face to face in the Cairo Museum. Philip now lives near Beaumaris and the other great castles of North Wales.
Part of the "Kingfisher Knowledge" series, this title examines the wonders of the ancient world, wonders around the greater world, and modern marvels. Readers will learn about the Great Pyramid, the garden and palace at Babylon, the statue of Zeus, the temple at Ephesus, the Mausoleum, the Colossus at Rhodes, and the Lighthouse at Alexandria. Beyond the Mediterranean, the author explores the Coliseum in Rome, the Great Wall of China, Angkor Wat, the Statues on Easter Island, Chichen Itza, the Taj Mahal, and the Canals of Venice. Modern wonders include skyscrapers, dams, bridges, statues, and space telescopes. Also, the importance of preserving cultural sites is discussed. The book covers cultural history, facts, and archeological information. Icons throughout depict categories such as career paths, places to visit, and further research. With its glossary, index, and generous number of full color photographs and pictures, this appealing title is a bargain for any school, library or home. Reviewer: Kathryn Erskine