Mummies

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All throughout history people have preserved dead bodies. Mummies takes us on a fascinating journey through this gruesome art. See the first mummies, covered in mud and made in South America. Learn how the mummy makers of ancient Egypt removed the insides and prevented bodies from rotting. Discover natural mummies of people, and even ancient animals that have been preserved in ice or in bogs. And see how and where the art of mummy making is still being carried on today. ...
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Overview

All throughout history people have preserved dead bodies. Mummies takes us on a fascinating journey through this gruesome art. See the first mummies, covered in mud and made in South America. Learn how the mummy makers of ancient Egypt removed the insides and prevented bodies from rotting. Discover natural mummies of people, and even ancient animals that have been preserved in ice or in bogs. And see how and where the art of mummy making is still being carried on today.

Text and photographs examine the mummies and tombs of ancient Egypt as well as the everyday life there.

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Editorial Reviews

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
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
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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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Table of Contents

What is a mummy? 4

The first mummies 6

Mummies of ancient Egypt 8

Making mummies 10

Bog bodies 12

Frozen mummies 14

The Ice Man 16

Living mummies of Peru 18

The Palermo mummies 20

Look inside a mummy 22

Animal mummies 24

A never-ending story 26

Mummy mania 28

Glossary 30

Index and Web sites 32

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