Mummies: The Newest, Coolest and Creepiest from Around the World

Mummies: The Newest, Coolest and Creepiest from Around the World

by Shelley Tanaka, Paul G. Bahn
     
 

It's here! Mummies: The Newest, Coolest, and Creepiest, unlike any before it, a Mummies book with never-before-seen photographs and illustrations of mummies around the world.

With amazing new discoveries made every year, archeologists have only scratched the surface of the secrets of these mummies hold. The ghoulish allure that has attracted youngSee more details below

Overview

It's here! Mummies: The Newest, Coolest, and Creepiest, unlike any before it, a Mummies book with never-before-seen photographs and illustrations of mummies around the world.

With amazing new discoveries made every year, archeologists have only scratched the surface of the secrets of these mummies hold. The ghoulish allure that has attracted young readers to mummies can also lead children to explore and learn about the mysterious ancient cultures, like Egypt, from which these mummies came. This fascinating account of the latest mummy finds from around the world will captivate young readers as it explores the technological methods and forensic clues scientist use to investigate the mysteries of ancient civilizations.

With color photos and detailed accounts of some of the most exciting recent mummy finds, this book promises to educate while it entertains.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This well-written, well-researched text introduces readers to the fantastic world of mummies. The author takes the readers from continent to continent, beginning with mummies of the Americas, then moving to Africa, Europe, and Asia. Within the consideration of each location, readers are given information about the manner in which mummies were preserved, who used mummification to honor their dead, and the age of the mummies found in each region. Religious rituals and cultural traditions are also examined by type of mummy. Special yellow-blocked texts and pictures highlight additional manners of burial, concerns about disease, modern modes of mummification, and burial in bogs, to name a few. Additional sections look at modern technologies and what they can tell us about ancient mummies and the manner in which they lived and died. There is also a consideration of famous mummies—Eva Peron, Mao Zedong, and Vladimir Lenin—and the political history around their deaths and mummification. There is also a section about "mummy science," followed by an epilogue concerning recent excavations. A time line at the very end relates the history of mummification. This is an interesting text that will engage younger readers. It is a must-buy for any library or family interested in mummies.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-Richly colored photographs, many of them large and more than a little grisly, characterize this wide-ranging look at an always-popular topic. After a brief discussion of mummification and the sorts of places in which mummified bodies have been found, Tanaka organizes her text by continent. Simple outlined and colored maps display the countries featured, supplementing the author's descriptions of the local conditions-from the frozen heights of the Andes to the Arctic or near-Arctic steppes to the harsh Egyptian and Chinese deserts. The main text for each mummy or cache of mummies is generally a few paragraphs, often supported by a shorter text, both of which are illustrated by photographs or reproductions. The account of the medieval graveyard at Zeleniy Yar in Siberia, for example, is accompanied by a sidebar about migratory invaders such as the Scythians from central Asia. Tanaka surveys the varying ways in which people prepared the bodies of their loved ones for survival and how scientists have dealt with them after discovery. She includes the 18th-century, skinless mummies that artist Honor Fragonard preserved using wax and alcohol, and the more recent examples of plastinated bodies and the publicly displayed remains of Mao Zedong and Vladimir Lenin. A short bibliography and an extensive index are included. An impressive addition to shelves that can always use another title.-Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Tanaka takes readers on a riveting tour of the mummified world, from Europe's prehistoric Iceman and a 7000-year-old South American child that is the world's oldest artificially created mummy, to glimpses of Lenin, Chairman Mao and a touring collection of icky modern examples created through a process called "plastination." Along with introducing several recently discovered examples that may be unfamiliar even to dedicated fans, she comments on what mummies can reveal about their cultures, some of the art and artifacts that have been recovered from burial sites and the causes and methods of mummification-including scientists' efforts to reconstruct ancient procedures (" 'the brain tissue poured out pink, with a little blood, like a strawberry milkshake,' said one of the researchers"). Well-endowed with close-up photos and fresh insights, this makes an unusually gripping (so to speak) study of the ever-popular topic. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810957978
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
1130L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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