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The Iceman
The Iceman
Author: Don Lessem
ISBN-13: 9780517595961
ISBN-10: 0517595966
Publication Date: 4/12/1994
Pages: 32
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

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Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Hardcover
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From the Publisher
Illus. with full-color photos and diagrams. Science writer Don Lessem recounts the discovery, excavation, and study of the mummified body of a 5,000-year-old man, discovered by a couple hiking near the border between Austria and Italy. By studying the Iceman's clothes, equipment, and even some of his food, scientists were able to piece together an unprecedented picture of prehistoric life. Full-color photographs show the well-preserved mummy, and specially commissioned artwork reconstructs his appearance.

From The Critics
Children's Literature
Hand youngsters Don Lessem's The Iceman for a riveting view of the 5000-year-old mummy discovered near the border of Italy and Austria in 1991. Readers will be held spellbound by Mr. Lessem's narrative, the color photographs of the body, tools, weapons and other artifacts, their excavation, and the reconstructed head and drawings that portray the man and his village as they may have been more than 5000 years ago.

School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This book details the discovery, excavation, and study of the mummified remains of a prehistoric man found in the mountains on the border between Austria and Italy. The text is enriched with full-color photographs of the mummy and with black-and-white and full-color illustrations that show how the man probably looked and lived more than 5,000 years ago. Side boxes add extra information, explaining how the body was preserved until a combination of the right weather conditions and luck permitted it to be found; how the remains were carbon dated; and how scientists established the man's age at time of death. Lessem speculates about the Iceman's motives, feelings, trading abilities, and about the events that led to his untimely-but for archeologists, fortuitous-demise. A welcome addition.-Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin