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Alexander the Great [Kindle Edition]

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Born a prince of Macedonia in 356 BCE, Alexander the Great became one of the greatest military leaders of all time. He conquered the entire Persian Empire, defeating King Darius III four times. He invaded India, defeating a seven-foot-tall Indian king and extending the boundaries of his empire into most of Asia. Brutal in his drive for power, Alexander maintained supremacy by forcing his soldiers to marry the foreigners that they conquered. He amassed a huge fortune by plundering the riches of his enemies and married two foreign princesses, one of them King Darius III's daughter. By the time of his death at age thirty-two, Alexander had conquered most of the known ancient Greek world, a remarkable achievement in only twelve years. Demi's storytelling skills bring Alexander the Great's exploits to life. Her splendid illustrations were painted with Chinese inks and gold overlays and with frames inspired by jewels from the tomb of Philip II of Macedonia at Verghina. An Author's note describing Demi's research and source material is included.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ebook version doesn't work well 1 Jun. 2014
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The book is beautifully illustrated and the content is suitable for 8 to 10 year olds. The problem is that the ebook does not work well on either an iPad mini or even a kindle fire HD as it is impossible to zoom the illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book 21 Aug. 2013
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My 6 year-old grandson had already borrowed this book many times from his school library, so I thought he'd enjoy having his own book. He loves the story and the illustrations are beautiful. A great buy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars well illustrated, sparsely written 2 Jun. 2014
By Dhlr
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More an illustrated comic , than a book to read. It took less than 15 minutes to read.A big disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 Feb. 2015
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Nice book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and educational 16 Jan. 2014
By S. E. Rhoads - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Demi has a history of writing and illustrating beautiful books for children. Alexander the Great continues this tradition with stunning and stylized illustrations as well as dense and engaging text. My preschool-aged children are a bit young to really enjoy the book, but I am looking forward to sharing more classical history with them when they are older.

This book is definitely more appropriate for upper elementary students. My wife is an elementary school teacher, and she appreciates being able to find illustrated books more suited to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. The information-rich text could make a read aloud somewhat challenging, but it would make great resource as part of an instructional unit.

Overall, I am really pleased with this book. It is physically beautiful, and the history is well-written. The gold-toned illustrations are stunning. This would make a great addition to a school library or a home library.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The thirty-two year old who conquered most of the world in twelve years 2 Dec. 2013
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
For those many readers and collectors of the books Demi, this extraordinarily well illustrated book ALEXANDER THE GREAT will not disappoint. In many ways it is one of her finest as far as the intricate illustrations of the great Macedonian hero’s life. What Demi provides in this book is not only a well considered history of one of the greatest soldiers of the world, but also she designs every page with intricate illustrations incorporating gold ink - creating the semblance of illuminated manuscripts. The art is magnificent. The book is magnificent!
Amazingly enough Demi covers most of the significant battles that made Alexander the Great the ruler of all of Asia. She depicts the life of the great conqueror from his birth in 356 BCE to his death in 323 BCE with her signature detailed style and depicts a segment from Alexander's life on every page. Using mixed media, she includes an abundance of red and gold inks to emphasize her subject's royal heritage. Framed scenes include Alexander as an infant with his parents, Queen Oympias and King Philip II; his tutoring by Aristotle; and his many battles across Persia, Asia Minor, and beyond. The text focuses on the facts and general time line of Alexander's life.

Demi as artist and historian has accomplished what few other have been able to do - to give a succinct history of the famous Alexander the Great enhanced with the magnificent early Asian illustrations of this important historical figure. This book is a fitting tribute to a legend - another great achievement by this champion of illustrated children’s history books. Grady Harp, December 13
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5.0 out of 5 stars a true jewel of historical literature concisely yet comprehensively presented, engaging for all ages 4 Dec. 2013
By C. Scanlon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Although perhaps aimed at middle grades, this book serves remarkably well for all ages, from early childhood with the engaging and precise illustrations through adult and the more mature reader with its clear, precise and comprehensive prose. I discovered more of this Alexandrian period than any previously read material, and it serves, while concise and comprehensive, to whet the appetite for further study. A broad field well contained.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His name struck fear into hearts of men 1 Jan. 2014
By Dave Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is the second Demi book I've gotten through Vine--I've also read and reviewed her Marco Polo biography. ALEXANDER THE GREAT is much in the same vein--a beautifully-illustrated biography of an important figure in Western history. The history is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate, summing up Alexander's chief accomplishments and major life events. His meeting with Diogenes is rendered well, showing that the author was able to include events that weren't important geo-politically, but say something about Alexander's life.

The illustrations are the high point of this book. They somehow manage to convey the violence and bloodshed of the battles that made Alexander great without being gory, if that makes any sense. There are also clever strands carried from page to page; for example, Demi mentions the young Alexander being taught the fight lions. A few pages later, Aristotle, scroll in hand, is tutoring Alexander, who is sitting on a chair placed over a lion skin. After that, we see him riding Bucephalus into battle with a leopard skin draped over the horse. There are scores of easter eggs, such as an eagle wheeling in the sky as Alexander prepares to cut the Gordian Knot. So while the book is geared towards a young audience, there is plenty here to have adults reviewing their history.

This book is highly recommended. My headline, incidentally, comes from the Iron Maiden song "Alexander the Great," which is also a pretty good condensation of Alexander's biography.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Illustrations 12 Jan. 2014
By Tory - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is the story of Alexander the Great, with beautiful color illustrations on every page. (and though there are many battles, not too much blood or gore) This isn't for very young kids, though I am pretty sure my friend's 6 year old would LOVE It but it is (IMO) too lengthy for a one-night bedtime story. In fact, the recommended age looks like it is 3rd grade. This would be a good book for that age. It not only has great illustration but sums up pretty well and concisely many parts of Alexander the Great's life. Don't miss the map, also at the end of the book!
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