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With the unique perspective of focusing on child mummies throughout the world, this title adds to the growing cadre of books on the topic. Using an accessible combination of scientific language and layman's vocabulary, Halls builds a strong understanding of the possible reasons for mummification; describes various processes of preserving human remains, both accidental and intentional; and introduces the people who made important discoveries and the scientists who are working to learn more. Beginning in South America, the author explains how particular youngsters were chosen as sacrificial gifts to the gods, and then proceeds to discuss mummies from nearly every continent. Interviews with researchers and modern-day explorers punctuate the well-written narrative and lend an air of authority to the book. High-quality full-color photographs are used effectively throughout and provide a visual understanding of the text; they serve as a lure for students who are drawn to the more gruesome aspects of the subject. An excellent glossary, a thorough bibliography, and listings of museums with mummy collections are all appended. Pair this with titles such as Shelley Tanaka's Mummies (Abrams) or Sandra Markle's Outside and Inside Mummies (Walker, both 2005) for an up-to-date look at this fascinating aspect of archaeology.
—Jody KoppleCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
I bought this book for an elementary school library after the author visited our school. The kids loved this book. The topic grabbed their interest and facinated them.
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