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Children's LiteratureFrom the Predynastic Era beginning around 3150 B.C. through the Greek and Roman Period ending in 641 A.D., this book examines the changing life in ancient Egypt. It tells why the Nile, the "river of life," whose flooding created black fertile soil, was crucial to the development of life in Ancient Egypt. Since all aspects of Egyptian life were connected to their gods and goddesses, the most important ones are pictured and their roles are described. The significant role of death and the afterlife is explained, as well as the story of mummies and the evolution of pyramids. Before the age of pyramids, kings were buried in elaborate underground tombs, called Mastabas. As these tombs became more elaborate, they evolved into the pyramids. One segment is devoted to the Valley of the Kings where so many burials took place. The reader learns how drawings and artifacts left in the pyramids have helped researchers learn a great deal about life in ancient Egypt. The book explains the development of paper and writing, agriculture, food, warfare, the role of women, clothing and appearance, fun and games, homes, craftspeople and trade. Each page has many illustrations that amplify the text. Some pages have acetate overlays to give an inside/outside view. All in all, it provides an excellent overview of life in ancient Egypt. It would benefit, though, from a bibliography. It does feature a helpful index. It is from the publisher's "Uncovering History" series. 2004 (orig. 2001), Smart Apple Media, Ages 9 to Adult.
— Janet Crane Barley