Don't Know Much About Mummies

Don't Know Much About Mummies

by Kenneth C. Davis, S. D. Schindler
     
 

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What do mummies have in common with raisins?

What did a well-dressed mummy wear?

Did mummy makers ever make mistakes?

These questions and many others are answered in this book by New York Times best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis as he unwraps the fascinating history of mummies from around the world.

Are mummies just

Overview

What do mummies have in common with raisins?

What did a well-dressed mummy wear?

Did mummy makers ever make mistakes?

These questions and many others are answered in this book by New York Times best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis as he unwraps the fascinating history of mummies from around the world.

Are mummies just dead bodies wrapped up in cloth and found in Egypt? No way! Mummies can be dried out, frozen, wrapped up, hollowed out, or even chopped apart and then sewn back together! And mummies have been found in many places on earth.

Many ancient cultures believed that preserving a dead body would help the body's owner in the afterlife. Some civilizations, like that of the ancient Egyptians, buried their mummies along with jewelry, board games, and even pets!

Kenneth C. Davis's trademark question-and-answer format, complete with riddles, fun facts, and comic illustrations, is the perfect way to explore the fascinating history of mummies.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Don't know much about mummies? Then this book will help you unwrap a lot of the mystery surrounding "these fascinating real people and how they became mummies." From the "Don't Know Much About" series, this book is informative, straightforward and amazingly thorough in its discussion of mummies. Written in an engaging question-and-answer format, readers will find out what the well-dressed mummy wears, what mummies have in common with raisins, what you can learn from a mummy's tummy, and so much more. Although the author focuses on Egyptian mummies (after all, the ancient Egyptians created the finest and best known mummies), equally interesting information is included on mummies from China and South America, as well as bog and ice mummies. Periodic sidebars give a bit of additional information on pertinent topics. This book is illustrated with colorful and sometimes silly drawings. A short timeline is included on the last page. A fun resource for an ancient history curriculum. 2005, HarperCollins, and Ages 8 to 11.
—Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Breezy and informative, with color illustrations that often employ humor to convey the more seriously stated content of the text, this book ranges from the deep religious beliefs that often accompanied mummies' creation to the more practical fact that a decaying body smells. After a brief explanation of what mummies are, Davis zeroes in on the world's most famous mummies, those of Egypt. In addition to providing a significant amount of material on their preparation and burial, the author also discusses hieroglyphs, sarcophagi, funeral processions, pyramids, animal mummies, and even the alleged curse on King Tutankhamen's tomb. He includes natural mummification by arctic ice and desert dryness, the Incan and pre-Incan mummies of South America, those of China and the bogs of northwestern Europe, and the "ice man" discovered in the 1990s. He concludes with a look at what scientists can learn about daily life in the past from examining preserved bodies, a brief discussion of the modern practice of cryogenic suspension, and an annotated list of American museums with mummy collections. Harriet Griffey's Secrets of the Mummies (DK, 1998) covers much of the same material with less detail but in a more attractive format, with photographs instead of illustrations. Because Davis's book features neither a contents page nor an index, it is more suitable for browsing and pleasure reading than for research.-Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
New York Times Book Review
“ … an engaging mini-encyclopedia of mummification, sure to round out any 9-year-old Egyptophile’s collection.”
People
“Reading [Davis] is like returning to the classroom of the best teacher you ever had.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060287825
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/12/2005
Series:
Don't Know Much About Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Kenneth C. Davis is the best-selling author of Don't Know Much About History, which spent 35 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, sold nearly 1.5 million copies, and gave rise to his phenomenal Don't Know Much About® series for adults and children. Davis appears frequently in the media, has spoken at the Smithsonian Museum and American Museum of Natural History, and has written for the New York Times and Newsday, among other publications. He has also contributed to NPR's All Things Considered. He lives in New York City and Dorset, Vermont.

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