100 Facts Samurai is bursting with exactly 100 mind-blowing facts, awesome images and fun activities to help children learn everything they need to know about the rise of these Japanese warriors.
• Kids learn more easily with bitesized information.
• Photographs and artworks aid children who learn through visual prompts.
• Activities allow children to put what they have learned into practice.
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100 Facts Samurai covers key topics about these respected fighting figures in easily-digestible, numbered facts. Every page is covered in detailed illustrations and colourful photographs that bring the text to life for kids.
Essential topics covered in 100 Facts Samurai:
• Being a samurai and serving under a warlord
• Following the strict rules of the bushido code and warrior training
• Periods of war and the decline of the samurai
Examples of 'I don't believe it' fascinating facts:
• Left-handed children born to samurai families had their left arms tied up, forcing them to become right-handed.
• Tokugawa Ieyasu, leader of the Tokugawa clan in the 1500s, didn't like shaved heads – he said it spoiled the look of a head when it was cut off!
• In the Star Wars movies, the costume of Darth Vader was inspired by samurai armour.
Activities to make learning accessible and interactive include:
• Quiz question: When was the Battle of Nagashino?
• Design your own samurai mon (family crest) by looking at traditional examples from this book to get ideas!
• Design a long, thin samurai flag. Make the design simple with bold colours.
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