Mummies Unwrapped

Mummies Unwrapped

by Kimberly Weinberger, Portia Sloan
     
 

An in-depth beginners history lesson in ancient Egypt and the fascinating process of the making of a mummy.

Author Kimberly Weinberger presents an insightful look at the life of the ancient Egyptians, with very basic, easy-to-comprehend text. In four brief chapters, readers learn important facts about the Egyptians' belief on life and death, stories and

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An in-depth beginners history lesson in ancient Egypt and the fascinating process of the making of a mummy.

Author Kimberly Weinberger presents an insightful look at the life of the ancient Egyptians, with very basic, easy-to-comprehend text. In four brief chapters, readers learn important facts about the Egyptians' belief on life and death, stories and superstitions surrounding their gods and goddesses, intriguing facts about burial tombs filled with treasures, and the origin of the practice of making mummies. The author's thorough description of the mummy-making process is further illuminated by Portia Sloan's very detailed illustrations. The book ends with a look at the discovery of a tomb that contained the most incredible riches ever -- the tomb of the world- famous mummy, King Tutankhamen.

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Children's Literature
Mummies seem to be a real draw for kids¾dead bodies preserved through the ages. Weinberger sets the stage with some general comments about Egyptian beliefs and why it was necessary to preserve the body. The ba or soul of a person flies away from the body after death. For the dead person to be able to live in the next world (Field of Reeds) ruled by Osiris, its soul had to know what body to return to. Egyptians also provided goods (jewelry, household items, clothing and Shabtis¾statues of servants) so that the deceased would have a good life after leaving this world. The practice of mummification¾preserving the body¾and the skills of the embalmers was so good that some mummies have survived today. Weinberger also notes that this practice was limited to the wealthy, and the Pharaoh, being the wealthiest, had the biggest tomb filled with great treasures. Weinberger tells of the threat of grave robbers and the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb. An excellent book for those interested in the subject and useful in preparing a thematic unit about Egypt. A "Hello Reader!" Level 3, Grades 1 and 2. 2001, Cartwheel/Scholastic,
— Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439200585
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Series:
Hello Reader! Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.74(h) x 0.16(d)
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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