for The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo
This attractive, large-format atlas begins with a world map on which there are picture symbols relating to a “medieval civilization, kingdom, culture, 395 or race of people” covered in subsequent pages (pp. 4–5). The following maps covering the different continents and civilizations are colorful, detail important events for each geographic place of importance, and include time lines. Interspersed are pages of text replete with illustrations. Examples of topics are “The Arab World: Islamic Culture,” “Medieval India,” “Medieval Europe: Castles and Villages,” “African Kingdoms,” and “Central America: The Aztecs.” An index is provided. chs
Originally published by Methuen Children’s Books Great Britain, in 1986.
On Gwyn's 9th birthday, his grandmother tells him he may be a magician, like his Welsh ancestors. She gives him five gifts to help him--a brooch, a piece of dried seaweed, a tin whistle, a scarf, and a broken toy horse. One blustery day, unsure what to do with his newfound magic, Gwyn throws the brooch to the wind and receives a silvery snow spider in return. Will he be able to use this special spider to bring his missing sister, Bethan, home? THE SNOW SPIDER spins an icy, sparkly web of mystical intrigue that sets the stage for the next two books in this outstanding trilogy!