Cleopatra "Serpent of the Nile"

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The richest, most powerful woman in the world, Cleopatra ruled the East and tamed the West. With both cunning and charm, she beguiled two of the most famous men in history, entwining Egypt’s destiny with Rome’s. Many believed she was as sly as a serpent. Or was she just smart?

Gorgeous illustrations and an intelligent, evocative story bring to life a real dastardly dame who, despite her schemes, lost everything—including her beloved homeland.

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The richest, most powerful woman in the world, Cleopatra ruled the East and tamed the West. With both cunning and charm, she beguiled two of the most famous men in history, entwining Egypt’s destiny with Rome’s. Many believed she was as sly as a serpent. Or was she just smart?

Gorgeous illustrations and an intelligent, evocative story bring to life a real dastardly dame who, despite her schemes, lost everything—including her beloved homeland.

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"The series lends itself to easy browsing, but these titles serve will for reports, too, and are sure to interest readers who are looking for something a little different for their research."  —School Library Journal on the Real Princesses series
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
Cunning, malicious mistress and vixen or wise, educated and commanding ruler? Here Cleopatra is presented as all of the above. From the beginning of her reign at the age of eighteen, with her ten-year-old brother, Ptolemy, Cleopatra has always done as she pleased. She was determined to make Egypt the most powerful country in the world and nothing would stop her! To this end, she committed adultery with Julius Caesar, had her sister placed in shackles, murdered her brother, and indulged in her extravagant lifestyle whenever she traveled. After her beloved Julius Caesar was murdered, Cleopatra fled back to Alexandria from Rome—fleeing for her life. Her quest to control the Mediterranean continued and she needed the security from Rome to proceed. Enter Mark Antony, a friend of Julius Caesar's, to help carry out her plans, which resulted in owning land that once belonged to Rome. Her plan was realized: Cleopatra was ruling more than Egypt! Her reign was short lived and rumors of her death are still a mystery, and a popular subject for literary masterpieces and historical documentaries. This first book in the "Thinking Girls Treasury of Dastardly Dames" series sets the tone for intelligent conversations about Cleopatra, yet provides topics not usually presented in textbooks or scholarly works for a more mature audience. Pack has included a lot of information in this interesting book, and leaves readers wondering more about this captivating woman of ancient times. A terrific addition to any nonfiction library, this can be equally enjoyed for pleasure reading as well as for biographical assignments. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—One of the most unique offerings this season, this series presents tales of women throughout history who have not followed societal conventions. Spanning various centuries and continents, the books outline the lives, actions, and misdeeds of women who held positions of great power. The pages have a collagelike appearance, with blocks of texts and captioned photos and reproductions. Sidebars give contextual information, such as "What she played," "What she wore," "What she ate," etc. Readers will find the information engrossing, with stories of dastardly deeds such as poisoning, religious persecution, and outright murder. However, it should be noted that these books have no index, table of contents, or bibliography, so they might be better suited for browsing than for research. Students will question whether or not these women were really inherently evil, or just acting in response to their dysfunctional childhoods and the turbulent times in which they lived.
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Meet the Author


Mary Fisk Pack has been an elementary school teacher for over twenty years. In addition to being a teacher, she is a writer. She writes curricula, but what she really loves to write are children’s books, especially creative nonfiction picture books about interesting people, times, and places. Mary lives with her family in Northern California.

Peter Malone has illustrated over twenty children’s books for such publishers as Chronicle, Knopf, Putnam, Running Press, and Scholastic. In addition to creating gorgeous illustrations, he wrote the book, Close to the Wind, about the use of the Beaufort scale for measuring wind force at sea. School Library Journal called it “informative and utterly charming.” He lives in Bath, England, with his wife, a restorer of paintings, and their two grown daughters.

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