Mummies

Mummies

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by DK Publishing, J. Fletcher
     
 

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It's a weird world out there... dazzle your friends with wacky facts and more from this mega new series. Did you know... The first step in making a mummy was to pull the brain out through the nostrils. Scientists re-froze the body of a 5,000 year old ice mummy because he was starting to thaw. Bodies can be frozen, dried-out, or even pickled to make a mummy. A

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It's a weird world out there... dazzle your friends with wacky facts and more from this mega new series. Did you know... The first step in making a mummy was to pull the brain out through the nostrils. Scientists re-froze the body of a 5,000 year old ice mummy because he was starting to thaw. Bodies can be frozen, dried-out, or even pickled to make a mummy. A full-color, fun, and informative series, Secret Worlds offers a chance to get your teeth deep into a wide range of fascinating subjects from nature, history, and science. Every title has: Easy-to-read narrative text written by a specialist who combines expert knowledge with an entertaining and fresh style. Superb color photography that entices the reader into the subject world with close-up views and dramatic shots. Weird World feature boxes that reveal a wealth of wacky facts. Tried-and-tested websites to check out the latest info. A mega reference section with even more facts and figures for the enthusiast. Suitable for children aged ten and up — as well as every other family member who is curious about the subject.

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Children's Literature
This title in DK's "Secret Worlds" series covers mummies and a lot more in a thorough, clear, intriguing style. Opening with a straightforward definition of a mummy and the range of mummy types around the world, the author explores an amazing amount of information. Malam covers the origins of mummies in Egypt, their relationship to the culture and religion of that period, pharaohs and their tombs, hieroglyphics, and everyday life in the age of mummies. Occasional touches of sensationalism, most obvious in the "weird world" sidebars, are forgivable in view of the overall clarity and scholarship of the text. As expected in a DK offering, readers will find excellent photographs illustrating the most important concepts discussed. In addition to numerous websites linked to topics in the text, the authors have provided a generous reference section including a timeline of Egyptian history, famous pharaohs and important gods, a glossary, an index and additional websites. Middle-elementary students as well as anyone interested in learning more about ancient Egypt will find this a concise, readable and fascinating summary. As the introduction notes, "Mummies, more than any other type of human remains, have the power to open windows onto lost worlds..." This title will make readers reach for other books in this series. 2001, DK Publishing, $7.95. Ages 9 up. Reviewer: Anne Field<%ISBN%>0789479753
Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
A body wrapped in bandages staggers from a sarcophagus. Grave robbers flee from a pyramid after awakening an ancient curse. The images of mummies in popular culture are intriguing, but the truth goes beyond what horror movies provide. Ancient Egyptians made their first artificial mummies around 3400 B.C., but the first Egyptian mummies were made by nature. Bodies buried in the hot, dry desert sand did not rot, but dried and shriveled. Other natural mummies have been found preserved by ice in a glacier or in the peat bogs of northern Europe. One of these bog bodies is so well preserved that the whiskers on his chin are still visible! Recent technology allows us to study mummies without unwrapping them. We are now able to learn much about the mummy and the culture it came from. Mummies from all over the world tell us about the health, rituals, and religions of many ancient cultures. Though the organization of the facts is not as clear as it could be, Malam discusses mummies in an engaging and informative way. The fact-sized pieces of information make it easy to read just a little bit at a time, but the book is interesting enough to read straight through. Photographs and illustrations bring the facts to life, and periodic quizzes help readers check their understanding. Aimed at the middle grades, this book would work well with a unit on ancient Egypt, expanding on one portion of the curriculum for students who had the interest to explore further. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789479761
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
09/17/2001
Series:
Secret World Series
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

John Malam -- Author -- is a best-selling children's author and an experienced archeologist. Dr. Joann Fletcher -- Consultant -- is a professional Egyptologist specializing in mummification.

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