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Children's LiteratureThe British husband and wife team of writer Manning and illustrator Granstr÷m continue their "Fly on the Wall" historical series for early readers with this offering. It is a sprightly look at Ramesses II's New Kingdom through the eyes of the scribe (writer), Huya, and his twin daughters. Since scribes are in great demand for keeping the kingdom organized, Huya becomes the perfect guide to papyrus making, temple priests and gods, farming, tomb building, mummy making, funerals--and even tomb robbing. These daily events are sandwiched between sunrise and night, when the pharaoh himself ritually sees to the rising of the sun and reads messages from the star gods. Between picture comments and marginal facts, Manning's text contains just the right amount of information to draw youngsters into this fascinating civilization. Granstr÷m's lively watercolors mesh perfectly with the text, bringing the whole to life. A brief glossary and index are appended. 2005, Frances Lincoln/Publishers Group West, Ages 5 to 9.