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Hidden Army: Clay Soldiers of Ancient China

by: Jane O'Connor

New York NY: Grosset and Dunlop 2011, $3.99, Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-448-45580-8

Reviewed by: Jacqueline M. Newman
Winter Volume: 2016 Issue: 23(4) page(s): 22

This forty-eight-page volume is for children and a ‘Read Alone Book, Level 3.' It tells of the day in 1974 when Chinese farmers dug a well and found buried life-size clay soldiers from 210 BCE. More digging then and since and we all now know about Chinese horses and chariots and soldiers, too, of those days several thousand years ago. More than two thousand have been found to date, and experts believe there may be six thousand more not yet uncovered.

In this volume, one learns that no two are alike. One sees a general as he no doubt looked when his statue was just made, fired, and buried. Some of them are archers, others are using other equipment. All are mimicking soldiers of the Qin emperor’s army. In this volume read about why they were made and when. Learn that the min reason was to protect this ruler in death. They were not meant to be found twenty feet below ground as they were; actually never meant to be found, ever.

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