Mainakht is a 10-year-old boy from a boy family who works in the fields in Ancient Egypt.
He has a simple diet of flat bread made from barley flour, vegetables and sometimes fish and drinks beer made from barley. Mainakht works in the fields, growing and harvesting crops on the banks of the Nile River, and looking after cattle.
Then there is Snofrida, a 10-year-old girl who lives in a Viking village in 10th-century Norway. Her home is by the shore of Trondheim Fjord. The soil is poor here, so villagers herd sheep or fish and in the winter, where it is dark 20 hours a day, they weave cloth or trap animals for their fur, which is traded to people who pass by in the spring. Snofrida herself cooks with her mom or spins wool into thread using a spindle and distaff.
These are just two of the children profiled within DK’s interesting book, A Child Through Time The Book of Children’s History ($25.99, DK) by Steve Noon.
Each child gets a double page spread that tells a bit about the person and the time period he or she is growing up in. There is a timeline of the period from the beginning of the civilization to the end of it, along with points in between that tells significant parts of its history.
We learn about the food the child eats, the leaders of the civilization as well as an overview of life in the village, among other details.
Ixchel, for example, lives in southeastern Mexico at the beginning of the seventh century. With her hair in braids and wearing clothing made of cotton and hemp with patterns woven in, she and her mom spend most of their time on the loom as they are skilled weavers. We learn about the Maya calendar and the Young Corn God in bits of information with real pictures to show you what they looked like.
In different parts of the book, we get an overview of food through the ages or toys, and there is information on some of the major conflicts in civilization including the Civil War and the Second World War as well as information of living people from various time periods from Marie Antoinette to Anne Frank.
The children are broke down into various sections from early civilizations to medieval period to modern period. We even get a look into the future.
I found this book really fascinating. There is lots of information about not only what a life would have been like for a child at various points in time, but what life was like in general. I also liked the overview of various points in time and what these civilizations accomplished during its existence.
I found myself being drawn back to the book, picking it up and reading more about child through time.
Read my review of DK and Steve Noon’s A Street Through Time here.
A copy of this book was provided by DK for an honest review. The opinions are my own.