Mummies: Dried, Tanned, Sealed, Drained, Frozen, Embalmed, Stuffed, Wrapped, and Smoked...and We're Dead Serious

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Investigate mysteries from the grave in this vividly illustrated book, a creepy-fun compendium of the world’s most fascinating mummies. National Geographic’s unparalleled photographs bring kids up close and personal with ancient remains, while Chris Sloan’s mesmerizing text reveals what the experts have discovered about each mummy’s life and death. Kids will clamor to read this book in the classroom or at home—and they’ll absorb science, ancient cultures, geography, and more, as freaky photos and intriguing ...
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Overview

Investigate mysteries from the grave in this vividly illustrated book, a creepy-fun compendium of the world’s most fascinating mummies. National Geographic’s unparalleled photographs bring kids up close and personal with ancient remains, while Chris Sloan’s mesmerizing text reveals what the experts have discovered about each mummy’s life and death. Kids will clamor to read this book in the classroom or at home—and they’ll absorb science, ancient cultures, geography, and more, as freaky photos and intriguing stories keep them glued to every page.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Denise Lockett
Visually engaging and expansive in scope, this survey of the history of mummies across cultures and times is skillful and compelling. Organized both chronologically and by method of mummification ("dried," "tanned," and "frozen," for example), the text features a particular mummy or dig to exemplify each method of preserving human remains. The photos are sometime "B-movie" material in their angles, lighting, and size ratios. However, the photos are likely to draw young readers in by their depiction of their fascinating and macabre subjects. Tattoos, jewelry, and murder wounds are some featured elements. Sloan's survey of the subject offers insights into many cultures over the ages, using the process of mummification to reveal much about class, religion, and social mores. In addition, significant points of contrast between cultures are offered. In one instance, the mummified remains of a Peruvian woman were discovered; this unsettled archeologists' prior assumptions the role of women in that culture. Buried with traditional female implements such as sewing tools, the "Lady of Cao" from around 400 B.C., demonstrates that at least some women were highly regarded in this ancient culture. Other "unintentional" mummies, less fortunate and less revered, demonstrate class and caste-based punishments such as hanging and torture (bog mummies ["tanned"] from European cultures) and victimization based on possible outsider status (a murder victim found "Freeze-dried"). The text also explores how modern science and technology have helped archeologists revisit remains, re-analyze causes of death, and have sometimes changed their assumptions about the mummies' cultures. "A World of Mummies" is a well-detailed map that demonstrates the varying locations where mummies have been found, and a timeline of "Mummies Through the Ages" offers a visual timeline of the mummies depicted in the text. The text also provides a helpful bibliography with appropriate resources and current web links for further research. Reviewer: Denise Lockett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426306952
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 952,565
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: NC1190L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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