Monday, January 26, 2009

Non-Fiction Monday: Bodies from the Ice

Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past, written by James M. Deem is a fantastic piece of work for the older set of our kids. Great for plain, old entertainment reading or for reports on the melting of the glaciers, the text and the photographs are both stand-outs.

In 1991 a couple hiking a mountain in Italy discovered a corpse (ummm.....hope this doesn't ever happen to me!) and after testing by the appropriate scientists, it was discovered the body was more than 5300 years old, dating back to the Copper Age. This story is followed by several others, all of accounts of ancient artifacts having been preserved by glaciers, now being discovered due to global warming.

Before reading this, I had no idea so many bodies of ancient people had been discovered in melted ice. The photographs are amazing and really do justice to the stories of the lives the individuals may have led. A huge amount of information has been gained on different civilizations all around the world because of the discoveries, giving at least one positive aspect to the fact all our glaciers are melting!

From Deem's book, the reader will have access to not only very cool photographs, but information about geography, ancient civilizations, and the process of learning about the bodies once preserved in ice. It's a very intriguing read, not at all boring or text-like, which will give appeal to those just wanting an entertaining book to read. Lots of maps, sidebars, an index, and extra info are included as well.

I would definitely recommend Bodies from the Ice for library shelves...might as well get two copies, it's going to be a popular one!

To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past
James M. Deem
64pages
Non-fiction/MG/YA
Houghton-Mifflin
9780618800452
October 2008

1 comment:

Susan said...

This sounds like a book my 10-year-old science buff would love. I'll have to check it out.