Book Review of A Child’s Introduction to Egyptology
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A Child’s Introduction to Egyptology: The Mummies, Pyramids, Pharaohs, Gods, and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt
Written by Heather Alexander
Illustrated by Sara Mulvanny
Ages 6+ | 96 Pages
Publisher: Black Dog and Leventhal | ISBN: 9780762471577
What to Expect: Ancient Egypt, mummies, Egyptian mythology, history, hieroglyphs
Ancient Egypt was one of the most fascinating civilizations of the Ancient World. For example, did you know that words written in hieroglyphics have no vowels or spaces? Or that Egypt used to get quite cold in the winter, requiring the Pharaohs to wear something warmer than the kilts we’re used to seeing in Egyptian art? How about the fact that Egypt once had a female Pharaoh who wore a false beard and masculine clothing to rule?
The latest offering in the Child’s Introduction series from Black Dog and Leventhal, Ancient Egypt takes its place next to favorites like A Child’s Introduction to African American History and A Child’s Introduction to Art. From mummies made from dipping desiccated bodies in tar to sacred cats, bird-headed gods, and pyramids that tower mysteriously over the desert landscape, the story of Ancient Egypt is full of intriguing details.
Fascinating facts are told through an engaging combination of narrative and Q&A, intermixed with hands-on activities like making papyrus from paper bags and mummifying an apple. A pull-out hieroglyphics poster gives readers the tools they need to start writing their own messages in hieroglyphics. There’s also a pronunciation guide at the end of the book and a list of the best museums to visit to learn more about Ancient Egypt on all four inhabited continents. Illustrations in muted colors mimic Egyptian art and help bring its stories to life.
A Child’s Introduction to Egyptology: The Mummies, Pyramids, Pharaohs, Gods, and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt is a fantastic, engaging introduction to this fascinating ancient civilization.
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About Heather Alexander
Heather Alexander is the author of numerous books for children, both fiction and nonfiction. Her fiction series include Wallace and Grace Take the Case and The Amazing Stardust Friends, and her nonfiction series include Life of Earth and A Child’s Introduction to . . . The former editorial director of Parachute Press, Heather has edited over 100 children’s fiction series, including the best-selling Goosebumps. She currently works as a children’s book editor and lives in Los Angeles.
Learn more about Heather at her website: heatheralexanderbooks.com.
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