Can you name the seven wonders of the ancient world?
I’m a bit chagrined to admit that I indeed struggle. Somehow, I always seem to forget about the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus…
If you’re like me, or you have young readers in your life who are curious about the ancient world, How the Wonders of the World Were Built, which I received for review from NetGalley, provides a lovely visual and narrative tour of the seven monuments, aka “the seven wonders of the world.” The book opens with a perspective-generating introduction that prompts readers to think about creative impulse and execution. Accompanying illustrations bring readers from the ancient world into the present.
Each of the seven entries provides information about the monument’s history and construction. Visual images supplement the narrative with macro and micro perspectives, including maps, depictions of the monument at various stages of completion, and annotated details.
I especially appreciated that the narrative voice strives to speak not only from the present but also from within the ancient world, providing young readers an opportunity to empathize with a human impulse to be remembered through creative acts. The art design’s strong lines and vibrant colors capture the narrative’s enthusiasm and poignancy.
If I could only visit one of the lost wonders, I think I would choose the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. How about you?