Jo Nelson

Book - 2015

"Welcome to the museum! Here you will find a collection of objects from ancient civilisations. Objects of beauty, functionality, war, life, death and burial. As you wander from room to room, explore the magnificence of what civilisations have left behind over thousands of years of human history!"--

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Welcome to the museum.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Big Picture Press, an imprint of Candlewick Press 2015.
First U.S. edition
Item Description
Includes indexes.
Physical Description
95 pages : color illustrations ; 38 cm
Main Author
Jo Nelson (author)
Other Authors
Richard (Illustrator) Wilkinson (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This oversize volume attempts to replicate a museum experience in its pages. After a brief introduction explaining their curatorial decisions, the author and illustrator jump right into the exhibits, each of which presents several representative objects from an ancient culture, all selected from museum collections worldwide. Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations have perhaps the most objects, though that's likely owing to how well artifacts from those regions have been preserved, but Nelson and Wilkinson also give plenty of attention to cultures that often get short shrift, such as the Olmec and Hopewell in the Americas, and Maori and Aboriginal people in Oceania. Wilkinson's illustrations—detailed drawings based on photographs of the objects—are especially eye-catching on the large-format pages, though there's little sense of scale. Nelson's detailed, engaging descriptions give helpful historical context and explain why each object is notable. Though nothing can match an actual trip to a museum, this is nonetheless an effective way to pique the interest of history-loving kids. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In a handsome overview of world antiquities (a companion to Animalium), more than 130 artifacts from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania are grouped into six "galleries" and recreated in illustrations set against colored plates. Nelson contextualizes the objects with overviews of more than a dozen individual cultures, which include the Mayan and Pueblo peoples of the Americas, the Maori, and ancient civilizations of Korea, Persia, Rome, and more. An Aztec "double-headed serpent mosaic" coils horizontally across one spread, allowing readers to get a sense of the thousands of bits of turquoise arranged on the carved wood form. From Stone Age tools to Egyptian canopic jars and an 11th-century Iranian bowl featuring an early calligraphic form of Arabic, Wilkinson's striking replications and Nelson's informative descriptions offer insight into objects both sacred and mundane. Ages 8–12. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2015 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4–8—This museum-style exhibition of world culture goes beyond simply covering the Greek, Roman, and Egyptian worlds by encompassing southern African, Polynesian, and Hopewell cultures. The work begins with a general introduction to archaeology and provides a full-spread time line for reference. An index cites the museum locations of the depicted artifacts. The strength of this work is the gorgeous exhibits, presented in full color on oversize pages. Each exhibit begins with a brief overview of a specific culture. The presentation is less cluttered than that of DK's popular "Eyewitness" series, as most pages contain no more than six items. Readers will discover household articles, such as Pueblo jars, as well as large-scale features, including Roman mosaics. Thorough captions provide context. Wilkinson's illustrations of the various artifacts are photorealistic, with exacting detail. Only a few statuary pieces come off as obvious illustrations. The objects stand out on the pages, the backgrounds set in bold, solid colors. The chapters, called "Galleries," are arranged by continent, and the various exhibitions are further broken down into culture groups. In certain galleries, which focus on precise historical periods, the cultural groups are presented chronologically; in the case of America, the section on the Olmec is followed by the Maya and then the Aztecs. This book accomplishes a difficult goal: providing a high-interest visual experience that also has informational depth. VERDICT A beautiful addition to any elementary or middle school library, this work is the closest readers will come to attending a museum without leaving home.—Jeffrey Meyer, Mt. Pleasant Public Library, IA [Page 136]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Welcome to the museum! Here you will find a collection of objects from ancient civilisations. Objects of beauty, functionality, war, life, death and burial. As you wander from room to room, explore the magnificence of what civilisations have left behindover thousands of years of human history!"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Profiles more than one hundred historically relevant artifacts from around the world and complements each with an illustrated depiction and text about the ancient civilization it represents.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Profiles of more than 160 historically relevant artifacts are complemented by illustrated depictions and informative text about the ancient civilizations they represent.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Discover more than 160 exhibits in this virtual museum, open all hours.Welcome to the museum! There are more than 160 historical artifacts to be discovered in Welcome to the Museum: Historium. Wander the galleries of this museum whenever you wish—it’s open 365 days a year!—and discover a collection of curated objects on every page, accompanied by informative text. Each chapter features a different ancient civilization, from the Silla dynasty of Korea to ancient Rome.