So You Think You’ve Got it Bad: A Kid’s Life in Prehistoric Times
Chae Strathie and Marisa Morea
Book five in the Kid’s Life series published in collaboration with The British Museum and characterised by Chae Strathie’s chatty narrative style, takes readers into the deepest past to look at the lives of children in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.
Are you ready to leave behind those jeans and trainers and instead don animal skins and perhaps a pair of itchy woollen pants you’ve had to make yourself, and then get on with a bit of stone clearing
or tool making? No, well that’s what a youngster in prehistoric times might have been faced with. A bit later, in the Bronze Age, in addition to gathering berries and nuts you could well have been told to spend a day cleaning up piles of animal pooh – Phoaw!
With sections on hair and clothing, the home, education and work, health and medicine (you might have been subjected to trepanning – the drilling of a hole into your skull to release the evil spirits causing your problem), religion and gods, myths and legends, fun and games (yes there were some occasionally) and finally, the beginnings of written history, each one brought to life by Marisa Morea’s amusing illustrations, this book presents information in a manner that’s both accessible and entertaining.
(Backmatter comprises a glossary and index.) Fun for school and home reading.