Welcome to Middle Grade Monday! Today I am looking at a book from one of my favorite publishers- National Geographic Kids. History's Mysteries is a look into the puzzles and unexplainable events from the past.
Readers will get to look at vanished civilizations, strange myths and legends, unknown mummies and many more mysteries that have stumped historians and scientists. The photographs are top notch and the layouts are eye appealing. My favorite part is the layout of the book. Each new case starts with background information and then goes into details about the found object or legend. A list of clues is given and then theories are introduced on what may be the answer to original question.
For example, a mummy was unearthed in the 1800's. When the historian unwrapped it, he discovered that the mummified specimen had been preserved in pain. It looked as if it was screaming in agony, its mouth open and nostrils flared. What had happened and why? The "detail" part explains the real mummification process, what should have been found after unwrapping the mummy and then contrasts the norm with the screaming mummy. Clues from an autopsy are listed and historical facts given. Then we have the theories. Perhaps this was a royal prince allowed to poison himself instead of face execution. Could it be a foreigner that was murdered and hastily buried to cover the murder's tracks? Who knows? Unfortunately, that's how most of the mysteries end, with theories no answers.
So, even though there are no big revelations, the best part is reading about mysterious I'd never heard of before. This book is full of puzzles that will have a child's mind thinking and imagining. It's like being a kid Sherlock. This book was a lot of fun and I'm giving it 4 stars!