Ghastly book of Stonehenge goes on sale

This Is Wiltshire: The Ghastly Book of Stonehenge The Ghastly Book of Stonehenge

Stonehenge is coming back to life for children across the country with the launch of 'The Ghastly Book of Stonehenge'. English Heritage has combined fascinating facts with gory stories to create a book that brings one of the world's most famous historic monuments into the vivid imaginations of children. The book, released at English Heritage sites and online from September, details the gruesome and grisly history of one of England's best-loved historic sites.

'The Ghastly Book of Stonehenge' takes children on a journey around the site, examining the mysteries of the stones and their colourful history. Kids will love the detailed illustrations and 'foul facts', covering everything from prehistoric fashions and food to mysterious Druids. As well as educational facts and figures, the book contains entertaining stories and anecdotes about Stonehenge, such as the ghosts of archaeologists who remain fascinated by the stones - even in death!

The book, aimed at children aged 10+, has been developed by English Heritage with the help of educational expert James Smith. He says: "'The Ghastly Book of Stonehenge' is a fabulous way of encouraging children to engage with their nation's heritage. As well as learning about the history of this amazing site, the book covers other areas of learning interest, such as archaeology and technology. An understanding of how historians piece together the stories of our past can really help children develop an appreciation of history. This book is an enchanting and fun educational tool for all learners - whether they are eight or 88."

The book includes fun puzzles and quizzes designed to help children retain both during a visit to Stonehenge, as well as at home, and enhances a child's experience of the site by encouraging exploration and discovery. One of the quizzes offers children the chance to win a badge of achievement by sending their answer to English Heritage.

Beck Ward Murphy, Publishing Manager for English Heritage's Education titles, commented: "We are really excited to be launching this title in the Ghastly Books series. We released the first title in the series - 'The Ghastly Book of Dover Castle' - last year, and are very pleased with sales so far. We appreciate that parents, teachers and children are keen to see more books of this type that introduce heritage sites in a fun, interactive way."

'The Ghastly Book of Stonehenge' is available from most major English Heritage sites or online from www.english-heritage.org.uk/shopping . It is priced at £3.99.

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