The Last Emperor

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Peter Bedrick Books, 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 31 pages

The Kids Who Ruled series is a series of biographies of rulers who ruled when they were mere children. The full-color illustrations and factual histories of these very young leaders bring their world and times vividly to life. These lively biographies include information on schooling, family life, culture, and religion during the ruler's reign, and will supplement curriculum-based learning. Educational features include a glossary, index, timeline, and map, as well as fun fact boxes integrated onto each spread. Supplements school curriculum in social studies and history.

Pu Yi became emperor of China at the age of three. But when the Qing Dynasty collapsed, the pampered ruler became a penniless gardener. Pu Yi's fascinating life story mirrors imperial China's stormy transformation into a Communist country.

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Jeremy Smith is Lecturer in Russian History at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Lewis is the author of Make No Law and the bestseller Gideon's Trumpet. In his nearly five decades of writing and reporting for The New York Times, he served as the Time's London bureau chief for eight years; he now contributes the twice-weekly "Abroad at Home" column to the paper's op-ed page.

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