I Wonder Why Pyramids Were Built and Other Questions about Ancient Egypt

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Browsers and young students alike will enjoy these lively question and answer books with their unique mix of realistic illustration and engaging cartoons. The enticing questions will amaze, amuse and inspire, while the highly visual format encourages kids to keep reading.

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answers are simply written, but they don't shy away from scientific language, difficult issues, or remaining mysteries.

Children's Literature
The pyramids are one of civilization's greatest mysteries. Why were they built? How were mummies made? These questions and more are answered in this book, one of the "I Wonder Why" series. Organized in an easy to read question and answer format, the book explains some of the more interesting facts about ancient Egypt. Some questions are straightforward like "Who ruled Egypt?" (The pharaohs.) Other questions are surprising such as "Why did women wear cones on their heads?" (As the cones melted, they gave off a sweet perfume.) While this is in no way a comprehensive look at this fascinating culture, the information it does contain is interesting and is presented in an entertaining way. The questions are filled with cartoonish illustrations that add to the overall enjoyment of this book. All groups of readers will like it, high level and low level readers alike. Teachers of world cultures or geography will also find it useful as a supplemental text. 2006, Kingfisher, Ages 5 to 8.
—Heather Mason
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753465271
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: I Wonder Why Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 214,000
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Steele has a passion for writing about history. He is a well-known author of more than one hundred children's books, including Castles, Pirates, Knights, The Best Book of Mummies, The World of Pirates, and The World of Castles. He was a student of medieval French and German literature, and has visited castles in England, France, Germany, Spain, and Poland. He has travelled to the Valley of the Kings and other sites of Ancient Egypt, and has met mummies face to face in the Cairo Museum. Philip now lives near Beaumaris and the other great castles of North Wales.

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Table of Contents

Why do we call Egyptians ancient? 4

Why were the Egyptians great? 5

Who ruled Egypt? 6

Could a woman be pharaoh? 7

How would you know if you met a pharaoh? 7

Who was the crocodile god? 8

Who was the goddess Nut? 9

Why did the Egyptians bury their mummies? 10

Why were mummies brainless? 11

Why were mummies wrapped in bandages? 11

Why were the pyramids built? 12

Who liked to get knee-deep in mud? 14

Which was the fastest way to travel? 15

Why did people sit on the roof? 16

Who made mud pies? 17

Who had nightmares? 17

Who had floury feet? 18

What's the worlds stalest bread? 19

Who had splendid feasts? 19

Who looked really cool? 20

Who liked to sparkle? 21

Why did shoes wear out? 21

Who loved wearing makeup? 22

Why did women wear cones on their heads? 22

Who made a beeline for wigs? 23

Who played with lions? 24

Who played board games? 25

Did Egyptians like parties? 26

Why is paper called paper? 26

What did Egyptian writing look like? 27

Which were the most dangerous animals? 28

Did people have pets? 28

What did Egyptians call cats? 29

How can you become an Egyptologist? 30

Why do mummies have x-rays? 31

Where can you come face to face with a pharaoh? 31

Index 32

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