Inca
Discover the Culture and Geography of a Lost Civilization

Inca: Discover the Culture and Geography of a Lost Civilization tells the tale of the extraordinary Inca culture—their beliefs, rituals, scientific advances, cities, monuments, food, and unique systems of language—through a journey from the city of Cuzco on the Inca Trail to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. Along the way you’ll experience the world of the Inca for yourself with 25 hands-on projects and activities, including creating your own Ch’uňu freeze-dried potatoes, building a tropical cloud forest, and inventing your own Inca language.


ISBN 13: 9781619301405
Price: 15.95
GRL: W
Grade Level: 4-6
Ages: 9-12
Subject: Social Studies
Trim Size: 8 x 10
Color: Black & White
Page Count: 128
Author: Lawrence Kovacs
Illustrator: Farah Rizvi
Also Available:
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School Library Journal —"Students who have no prior knowledge of the Inca will learn much about this civilization in this lively volume that’s chock-full of facts about such topics as religion, festivals, and food, clothing and textiles, architecture, and the Spanish conquest. The Inca mastered their difficult Andean environment and handily overtook all world-be rivals, yet their empire flourished for only a few centuries. This title clearly explains how they accomplished all that they did – and why they ultimately fell into ruin."
 
Dr. Tamara L. Bray, Professor of Anthropology, Wayne State University—“This book provides a fun and well-illustrated introduction to the Inca and the Andean region of South America that they ruled. Filled with facts about the Inca empire, cultural adaptations in the Andes, the local environment, high-altitude agriculture and more, the book takes what we know from archaeology and ethnohistory and communicates it in a way designed to stimulate comparison between our present-day culture and that of an ancient people from a distant time and place.”
 
Michael A. Malpass, Charles A. Dana Professor in the Social Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, Ithaca College—“This detailed and up-to-date book about the Incas gives a real sense of what the Incas were like, and how they were able to create such a large empire in so short a time. The activities are fun and exciting. They should provide hours of stimulating activity for students. I highly recommend this book.”

The Andean cloud forest is found on the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains. The warm,humid air from the Amazon basin makes its way up the mountains where it is blocked by cold, denser air there. The trapped air drops its moisture in the form of clouds and mist, quenching the thirst of the plants that grow in this unique ecosystem. A terrarium made from a soda bottle works like the cloud forest. The moist air near the soil rises up and is blocked by the top of the bottle where it condenses, creating ideal growing conditions for moisture-loving plants.
Hint: Ask an adult for help cutting the bottle.

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