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I Wonder Why Romans Wore Togas: and Other Questions About Rome    by Fiona Macdonald order for
I Wonder Why Romans Wore Togas
by Fiona Macdonald
Order:  USA  Can
Kingfisher, 2012 (2012)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

One of the best series of books that explores a host of interesting subjects for young readers, the I Wonder Why paperbacks are centered on questions that a child might ask.

'Who were Romulus and Remus? Who attacked the Romans with elephants? Where was the world's first shopping mall? Why did people vomit at banquets?'

These and a host of similar questions (along with the answers) offer an introduction to Roman history and culture. Along with the answers to the questions you'll also find cartoon-like illustrations, and boxes that offer interesting facts about the subject.

For example, one box informs the reader that 'To prevent traffic jams, traders and farmers could only bring their goods into Rome at night. With all those noisy carts, it must have been difficult to sleep!'

Some of the interesting tidbits the youngster will pick up reading this book include the fact that wearing a toga was a sign that the person was a Roman citizen. Ordinary folks wore plain white, while senators had purple trim to indicate their lofty status. The emperor's was, naturally, solid purple!

So, if your child is curious about why Roman pizzas didn't have tomato sauce or what type of individual had to enter the ring with a lion, this is the book you'll want to consult. It is guaranteed to utterly amaze, amuse and even educate your youngster, and the rest of the family too.

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