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Kings and Carpenters
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Life was tough in Old Testament times. People had to cross deserts on foot, grow food on parched land and deal with earthquakes, drought and disease. If you lived then, you might not have wanted to be a water hauler. That would have meant walking for miles with a heavy jar full of water on your head. A more pleasant job might have been that of perfumer, concocting sweet-smelling fragrances that your customers would use to mask the smell of unwashed bodies--and to keep flies away. Other jobs include necromancer (only if you like communicating with the dead), date picker (but not if you're afraid of heights) or gold jewelry maker (people would think you were a magician!) A fact-filled introduction, timeline and index make this book perfect for research projects while the humorous illustrations and snappy text provide an entertaining read. Kids will look at history in a whole new way thanks to this unique approach.
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Laurie Coulter is the award-winning author of six children's books, including "Ballplayers and Bonesetters." She divides her time between Toronto, Ontario, and her cottage near Algonquin Park. Martha Newbigging has illustrated all five books in Annick's Jobs in History series. She lives in rural Ontario with her dog and two cats.

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OLA Best Bets for Children 2010. Honourable Mention.

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