Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs: A Book about Ancient Egypt

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Provides an overview of life in ancient Egypt, describing the people, daily activities, beliefs and customs, and what has been learned from artifacts left behind.

Provides an overview of life in ancient Egypt, describing the people, daily activities, beliefs and customs, and what has been learned from artifacts left behind.

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Gail Gibbons watercolors New York 2002 Hardcover 1st Edition New in New jacket Book CONDITION: NEW 2003 Little Brown hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), second ... printing. The DJ does show tiny edge wear and it also has gold foil tips on the pyramids and other foil accents. The watercolor illustrations are historically correct and evoke the vivid color world that the ancient Egyptians lived in. Educational and fun at the same time. CONTENT: With her usual flair for simplifying complex topics, Gibbons makes ancient Egyptian civilization accessible to young readers. She offers ample material for children exploring mummies, pyramids, and pharaohs for the first time. Much information is communicated through the watercolor illustrations and accompanying captions. The text is limited to a few short sentences at the bottom of each page, a feature that earmarks this title for independent reading. To explain the Egyptians' belief in an afterlife, Gibbons shows a man standing next to the outline of his Read more Show Less

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Overview

Provides an overview of life in ancient Egypt, describing the people, daily activities, beliefs and customs, and what has been learned from artifacts left behind.

Provides an overview of life in ancient Egypt, describing the people, daily activities, beliefs and customs, and what has been learned from artifacts left behind.

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Did you know that the fertile land surrounding the Nile River was known as the "Black Land" to the ancient Egyptians? Did you know that more than eighty pyramids have been discovered in Egypt? Did you know that the largest pyramid in Egypt stands 479 feet tall? All of these interesting facts and more can be found in this nonfiction book about ancient Egypt. With information about mummification, religious beliefs, the pharaohs, and daily life, this book is a solid introduction to Egyptian culture for young children. The writing is brief, but full of content. The watercolor pictures complement the text perfectly and provide a great deal of visual information. For example, it contains a labeled diagram of an Egyptian pyramid. It also contains a list of ancient Egyptian discoveries. This book is appropriate for a home library or a school library. With its approachable and fun format, kids will find this an inviting read. 2004, Little Brown & Company, Ages 7 to 10.
—Louise Parsons
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K-Gr 3-With her usual flair for simplifying complex topics, Gibbons makes ancient Egyptian civilization accessible to young readers. She offers ample material for children exploring mummies, pyramids, and pharaohs for the first time. Much information is communicated through the watercolor illustrations and accompanying captions. The text is limited to a few short sentences at the bottom of each page, a feature that earmarks this title for independent reading. To explain the Egyptians' belief in an afterlife, Gibbons shows a man standing next to the outline of his own body. Inside the outline is a bright yellow star, depicting the man's soul. Easy definitions of Ka and Ba are provided, and the process of mummification is presented in a sequential, straightforward manner. The last page is packed with bonus facts that are sure to please new Egyptologists. This title is perfect for fans of Aliki's Mummies Made in Egypt (HarperCollins, 1979) and Joanna Cole's Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Ancient Egypt (Scholastic, 2001).-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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The ancient Egyptians are given an enthusiastic, if wildly oversimplified, treatment in this new outing from Gibbons. Focusing as much on their lives as on their spectacular burials, the text and accompanying watercolors (handsomely framed with patterned bands) depict happy Egyptians planting, celebrating, mummifying, and burying. The lure of ancient Egypt is a strong one, and it's not unreasonable to want to bring a book on the subject to primary graders-but it's a highly complex subject, and to tackle everything in one picture book is a tall order that leads to such unsupportable statements as, "Everyone cared greatly how they looked." Such categorical pronouncements and generalizations (readers are led to believe that all pharaohs were buried in pyramids) follow one upon the other with no reference to the archaeological work that has revealed such details to the modern world. Readers are better served by works that take a narrower focus, such as Aliki's classic Mummies Made in Egypt (1979) or Meredith Hooper's graceful and poetic Who Built the Pyramid? (2001). (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316309288
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 11.37 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons has written and illustrated more than one hundred informational books that delight and inform young readers. A talented writer who turns fact into entertainment, she has traveled the world to research topics as diverse as deep-sea submersibles, the Old West, varieties of trees, and more. Book Links magazine praised her body of work saying, "?It encourages children to explore new areas of interest, learn more about familiar topics, and connect with others through the sharing of common experience and the excitement of new learning." Gail Gibbons has been awarded the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children's nonfiction.

Gail Gibbons divides her time between a cottage on Matinicus Island off the coast of Maine and a farmhouse in Vermont built by her husband.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Now that's odd, the characters on the front don't look Egyptian

    Now that's odd, the characters on the front don't look Egyptian at all. There's no way I'm letting my niece and nephew read a book with such false images. 

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