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Dig Into History

Dig Into History

Spring 2017 Magazines
Ages: 9 - 14 yrs.
Newsstand Price: $6.95
Subscription Price: $33.95 / 9 Issues

This exceptional magazine leads budding archeologists to discovering the past and its secrets "buried under our own feet."

Exploring the crossroads of history, science and archeology, Dig Into History takes young readers on engaging and educational adventures into history dating back to ancient civilizations through stories of recent archeological finds, and features examining historic places, events and personalities, plus related word games, puzzles, and hands-on projects.

Each glossy, 56-page issue is thematic, digging deeply into multi-disciplinary aspects of its cover topic with well-written stories and lots of photos and graphics. In the recent issue on "Beijing Through Time," the magazine details the discovery of the "Peking Man" fossils first found in the early 1900s; takes a time-lined tour of the ancient capitals of China; features China's Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal and The Great Wall; and visits China's Forbidden City and Tombs of the Ming Dynasty.

In all of its issues, Dig Into History makes its content connect to today with its Fast Forward department, where, for instance, it updated readers about modern China in the Beijing issue, and connected Olympic history to the 2016 games in Rio in the recent Olympics issue. Other departments lend a roll-up-your-sleeves element, including Fun With Words, which literally spells out terms tied to the issue's theme; Off the Shelf/Off the Net, which recommends books and websites for further exploration; and Interestingly, which presents intriguing sidebar stories like the time-telling elephant in the recent "What Time is It?" issue.

Curious and thoughtful students who want to uncover more history than the classroom textbooks usually reveal are right for this magazine.

Don Oldenburg   ©2017 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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