Egypt in Spectacular Cross-Section

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Million-copy best-selling creator of the Incredible Cross-Sections series now brings his talent to a new challenge: ancient Egypt.

The year is 1230 B.C., during the reign of Ramses the Great in ancient Egypt. Follow the thirty-day voyage of the eleven-year-old Dedia and his father as they sail down the Nile River.

Travel along with father and son as they visit the bustling harbor at Elephantine; the massive stone quarry at Gebel el-Silsila; the...

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Overview

Million-copy best-selling creator of the Incredible Cross-Sections series now brings his talent to a new challenge: ancient Egypt.

The year is 1230 B.C., during the reign of Ramses the Great in ancient Egypt. Follow the thirty-day voyage of the eleven-year-old Dedia and his father as they sail down the Nile River.

Travel along with father and son as they visit the bustling harbor at Elephantine; the massive stone quarry at Gebel el-Silsila; the temples at Karnak; underground tombs in The Valley of the Kings; a funeral and mummification; the step pyramid at Saqqara; and Ramses' lavish palace at Piramesse. Quite a journey!

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Children's Literature
Young 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
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-Employing his large, trademark cross-section or cut-away style illustrations that are full of detail and bustling small figures, Biesty, supported by Ross, uses the fictional construct of family members traveling to a wedding as a way of exploring various aspects of daily life in Egypt around the year 1230 B.C.E. The main narrative consists of not more than 1000 words, providing the broad outline of the journey and information about the sights along the way. The longer supplementary text includes labels identifying characters and objects in the illustrations; short paragraphs explaining what readers are looking at; and additional paragraphs providing more general information. Of course, the book's raison d'etre is the artwork. Laid out in panoramic spreads, it demonstrates such important subjects as how the Egyptians farmed their land after the annual Nile flood, how their houses were constructed and utilized, and what went on at a busy harbor. Most of the information is available in other books, although such topics as hippo hunts and restrooms are less common. But the amount of detail included in Biesty's illustrations and the attention required to ferret all of it out make the book as visually stimulating as Martin Handford's "Where's Waldo" titles and almost as useful as the longer, more architectural books by David Macaulay. Librarians might be reduced to using magnifying glasses, but students with sharp eyes and an interest in ancient Egypt will have no trouble extracting what they want to know.-Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Populating his huge scenes with enough tiny figures to fill several ancient cities, Biesty takes a lad and his merchant father down the Nile during the reign of Ramses II, pausing for tours of Amun-Ra's temple at Karnak, the Valley of Kings and other prominent spots, culminating in a royal audience at the great palace at Piramesse in the Nile delta. Each exploded riverine view, rendered in minuscule detail, is surrounded by captions and general comments that not only identify rooms, plants, buildings, artifacts and activities, but also provide glimpses of daily life, cultural and social practices and religious beliefs. Not the most systematic way to learn about ancient Egypt at its height, but a compelling journey for visual learners and armchair travelers. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439745376
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Egypt Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: IG1000L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 13.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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