Egypt

Egypt

by Shahrukh Husain, Bee (ILT) Willey
     
 

These beautifully illustrated anthologies bring together engaging and captivating myths from ancient civilizations around the world. Additional boxed text provides background information to the myths and characters in the stories, and each title contains a full introduction, family tree, glossary, and index. The eight stories in Egypt are taken from the ancient…  See more details below

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These beautifully illustrated anthologies bring together engaging and captivating myths from ancient civilizations around the world. Additional boxed text provides background information to the myths and characters in the stories, and each title contains a full introduction, family tree, glossary, and index. The eight stories in Egypt are taken from the ancient Egyptian world and feature themes such as gods, kings, heroes, and magical creatures. Famous stories and characters-such as Atum, Isis, and Osiris-are brought to life alongside less well-known myths, such as the story of the birth of Queen Hatshepsut.

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Children's Literature
This collection of stories about the gods of ancient Egypt shows how people explained natural events before scientific explanations were well understood—the changing of the years, day and night, the seasons. There are the same kinds of animosities between godly kings and queens as their earthly counterparts and sibling rivalries as well. When Osiris was king, his brother Seth played a nasty trick on him—shutting him in a coffin in the Nile so that Seth could become king himself. Because Osiris was also the sun, his disappearance into the deep river explains the winter months when it is cold. Osiris queen, Isis, is the moon—and when she searches for Osiris, the moon disappears for a few days each month. Although there is a "family tree" of the Egyptian goddess and goddesses, it is sometimes hard to follow the connections among the stories or identify which characters are fictional and which are real (like the real Queen Hatsheput). The illustrations are flat and wooden, like original tomb paintings from Egypt, but without their vibrancy and detail. The book does include a glossary and index. It's part of the "Stories from Ancient Civilizations" series. 2004, Evans Brothers Ltd, Ages 7 to 12.
—Karen Leggett
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Well laid out and colorful, these books offer eight or nine mostly double-page tales. The selections seem to have been arbitrarily chosen, except for the creation stories, and the text does not always flow smoothly from one to the other, underlining the difficulty of simplifying myths for younger children. The introduction for each story (set off in larger type) and the boxed information add little and occasionally distract. Sorely missed are maps with salient spots marked (e.g., Egypt refers to the ancient cities of Heliopolis and Hermopolis but there is no indication of where they were), and pronunciation guides for the names of the gods. Illustrations are brightly colored and pleasing, but sometimes fail to picture the important parts of the stories. For instance, when Poseidon and Athena are contesting for the loyalty of the Athenians, only Poseidon is shown, even though Athena wins. Quibbles aside, if libraries need easy, attractive material on myths, these titles deserve consideration. Aliki's Gods and Goddesses of Olympus (HarperCollins, 1994) and Leonard Everett Fisher's Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt (Holiday House, 1997) are excellent, but there is little else. The better option is to let children wait until upper elementary school when they are better able to appreciate the stories' subtleties, couched in richer language.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583406182
Publisher:
Black Rabbit Books
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Series:
Stories from Ancient Civilizations Series
Pages:
27
Product dimensions:
8.48(w) x 10.78(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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