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Children's Nonfiction Medieval

Castles and Knights

by (author) Tamara Hartson

Blue Bike Books
Initial publish date
Mar 2019
Recommended Age
8 to 10
Recommended Grade
3 to 5
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2019
    List Price
    $6.99 USD

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Super Explorers takes you back in time to the medieval days when people lived in castles and knights roamed slaying dragons and rescuing beautiful maidens: • Castles were fortifications made of stone built in the Middle Ages to control land and protect nobles from their enemies. • Many castles were surrounded by large water-filled moats. • Most castles have secret passages so the inhabitants could hide or escape if the castle was taken by enemies. • Castles had towers and arrow slits from which the soldiers could see any attackers at long distances. • Knights swore their loyalty to the king or noble of their choice. • Knights needed armor, weapons and a well-trained war horse, which he depend to take care of him in battle.

About the author

Contributor Notes

Tamara Hartson, equipped from the age of six with a canoe, a dip net and a notepad, grew up on Alberta with a fascination for nature and the diversity of life, She has a degree in environmental conservation sciences, and has photographed and written about wildlife in Bermuda, the Galapagos Islands,the Amazon Basin, Argentina, Tibet and India. With a fondness for paleontology, Tamara has studied and participated in paleo digs in Alberta and Patagonia. She has worked in both Canada and Argentina as an interpretive naturalist and guide, specializing in ecology and paleontology. An award-winning photographer, her photographs appear in numerous books, posters and online magazines. Tamara now lives in Patagonia and she continues to write, photograph and travel.

A passionate natural scientist with two science degrees under his belt, Ian Sheldon became distracted by the fine arts. He is now an established artist, and his shows in San Francisco, New York, across Canada and in England have firmly established his presence in the art world. Ian Sheldon has been listed in the Canadian Who’s Who since 2004, and further recognition has come from his other alma mater, the University of Alberta. Combining his talents as an artist with his academic knowledge of wildlife, Ian has published dozens of nature guides that grace bookshelves across North America. Hundreds of the original entomological illustrations are now a permanent part of the university’s highly reputed Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, serving as a testament to the artist’s skill in yet another creative arena.

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