Why? Why? Why? (Vol. 30): In the Time of the Romans

Wieso? Weshalb? Warum?, Band 30: Bei den Römern

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  • The WWW series has sold over 11 million copies in Germany
  • WWW has been translated into 20 other languages
  • With creative interactive elements, perfect for young, curious minds
16 pp 4 years + 24,5 x 27,8 cm EUR 14.99 June 2012 Wire-O 978-3-473-32872-7 • With flaps and half-punchings.


Who were the Romans? Readers of this book are transported to ancient Rome, where children and grownups alike are looking forward to a big day of chariot races. Rome was not only a city, but also an enormous world empire. So this book begins by following legionaries, or Roman soldiers, into the provinces and depicts life in their camps. The Roman military was successful especially due to its fighting techniques, such as the well-known tortoise formation. Life in the big city of Rome is vividly portrayed, including a glimpse into the multistory apartment buildlings and luxurious villas of the ancient Romans. Also covered are topics such as food, games and clothing, for example the wearing of togas. Another part of the book explores Roman thermal baths and the arenas where ancient Romans observed gladiator fights. The last two pages show some of the remains of ancient Rome today, for example excavations such as the one at Limes, Germany, or the Latin alphabet.

About the Series

The WWW series stands out for its playful, enticing way of conveying just the information that kids want to know. Centered on who-what-how questions, the titles in the series explore subjects of great interest to young children. The thousands of questions children ask daily are answered by means of interactive elements, engaging illustrations, and age-appropriate texts. Because the lively illustrations convey so much, the books hold children's interest even without an adult to read the clear, friendly texts. WWW is ideally suited for preschool and kindergarten ages, for children 4 to 7 years old.

The Author

Andrea Erne was born in 1958 in Stuttgart, Germany. She studied German, politics and cultural studies and began her career as an editor for a daily newspaper. She then moved to a large children's book publisher, and later began working freelance as an editor and author for book publishers and newspapers.

The Illustrator

Wolfgang Metzger is trained in lithography and graphic design. After his studies he illustrated textbooks for a long time, but has concentrated on designing and illustrating children's books for more than 20 years. His books have become bestsellers, with more than 8 million copies sold in German language territories. Wolfgang Metzger has four daughters and lives with his family near Stuttgart.

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