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“Virginia Pilegard breathes life into Chinese history and Adrian Tans’ well-researched paintings add vitality to this outstanding children’s book.”
—Angelica Carpenter, curator, Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature
“Once again, Virginia Pilegard perfectly blends history and mathematics.”
—Jonathan Dueck, mathematics coordinator, Fresno County Office of Education
When the first emperor of China falls under the influence of an evil prime minister out to abolish education, a wise scholar and his son flee for the mountains. During their time hiding in a secluded cave, the young boy discovers a site that contains a complete militia made of clay. Archers kneel with bows, and soldiers stand with attention. Cloaked with the finest garb and weaponry, the warriors resemble real-life soldiers. After making the startling discovery, the boy conjectures the reason for the clay army’s creation.
The mystery behind the terra-cotta army—what some consider the eighth wonder of the world—is unveiled in this educational children’s story with ancient Chinese-inspired illustrations. A math lesson and a craft for making clay add to the learning experience.
About the Author
Virginia Walton Pilegard is the author of the critically acclaimed Warlord’s Series. In addition to researching and contemplating ideas for her next book, she continues her involvement in the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators, the California Reading Association, and the California Mathematics Council. Pilegard resides in Wishon, California.
About the Illustrator
Adrian Tans is an accomplished artist who also enjoys traveling. He is the illustrator of Pelican’s Pirate Treasure Hunt!, Pirates Don’t Say Please!, Witches’ Night Before Halloween, and Kick the Cowboy. Tans lives in Woodstock, Vermont.
THE EMPEROR’S ARMY
By Virginia Walton Pilegard
Illustrated by Adrian Tans
JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Technology
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.