Mysteries of Angkor Wat

 
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Traveling photographer Richard Sobol took a long awaited trip to visit Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world.  Tucked into the jungle and rice fields of Cambodia, this temple is all that is left of the powerful Khmer Empire.  Almost a thousand years old, the temple holds a mystery in its crumbling walls.  Sobol explored the ruins, crossing moss covered stones and admiring the reflection of the Cambodian culture of today in the carvings on the temple walls.

The beauty of the Khmer culture is celebrated in the architecture and the many wall carvings throughout the temple.  Where did the Khmer people go? What happened to their culture?  Why did they disappear after four hundred years?  

Deep in the temple, following a troop of children who served as his guides, Richard Sobol came upon an exceptionally amazing carving.  Much to his surprise they had brought him to see a "dee no soo."  (You might know it as a dinosaur.)

This is a beautiful exploration of an exotic culture, beautiful architecture and subtle mysteries that claim an important place on our planet.  This would be a great way to introduce children to the country of Cambodia and how we are the same and how we are different and the wonders of both.

978-0763641665  Ages 6-9  48 pages

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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