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Children's LiteratureYoung Dedia is thrilled to be able to accompany his father on a journey down the Nile River in 1230 B.C. This journey takes Dedia past some of the great monuments and locations in ancient Egypt. Along the way, Dedia sees stone quarries, tombs, bustling harbors, slaves at work, and a cross-section of Egyptian society at the time of Ramses the Great. Dedia's journey is chronicled in a diminutive text and brilliant and expansive illustrations. As in the author's earlier book, Rome, readers are treated to amazingly detailed drawings of the places visited in the story. Paintings of tombs, and other aspects of ancient Egyptian culture, are offered up as a sumptuous visual explanation of this long-ago society. For example, readers are taken inside a tomb to see the false passages and components of an aristocrat's final resting place. Each illustration also contains aspects of everyday life such as housekeeping, masonry, funereal arts, and many other elements. In this cross-section look at ancient Egypt the author has captured the vibrancy of this society both in words and, in particular, in images. This is a book that children and adults will look at repeatedly to make sure they have observed all the details of each illustration. 2005, Scholastic, Ages 8 to 12.
—Greg M. Romaneck