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Pepi and the Secret Names: Help Pepi Crack the Hieroglyphic Code
     

Pepi and the Secret Names: Help Pepi Crack the Hieroglyphic Code

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by Jill Paton Walsh, Fiona French (Illustrator)
 

Prince Dhutmose has commanded a splendid tomb to be built for his final journey to the Land of the Dead. Pepi's father is to decorate it, but how can he paint the unimaginable - the Lions of the Horizon, the terrible gods Horus the Hawk and Sebek the crocodile, and Mertseger the deadly Winged Cobra? Pepi decides to find real-life models for his father, using his

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Prince Dhutmose has commanded a splendid tomb to be built for his final journey to the Land of the Dead. Pepi's father is to decorate it, but how can he paint the unimaginable - the Lions of the Horizon, the terrible gods Horus the Hawk and Sebek the crocodile, and Mertseger the deadly Winged Cobra? Pepi decides to find real-life models for his father, using his knowledge of secret names. In this enthralling, magically illustrated story, young readers can solve the secret names for themselves, using a simple hieroglyphics key to enter the mysterious world of ancient Egypt.

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A clever picture book from a well know writer which combines a story with information about Ancient Egypt.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pyramids, hieroglyphics, secret names, a lowly painter and an exacting pharaoh-the elements of this elegantly illustrated story are ripe with possibilities, but they never cohere. When Pepi's father descends into Prince Dhutmose's tomb to paint the animals that will accompany the prince to the Land of the Dead, Pepi bravely provides him with live models-a lion, hawk, crocodile and cobra-for he has guessed their secret names (the point of a secret name, however, is never explained). In the text, the names are presented in hieroglyphics, thus bringing the story to a temporary halt; a code in the back of the book, though not linguistically accurate, allows readers to write English words in hieroglyphics ``just for fun.'' Nor are similarly elaborate details fully integrated into the narrative. Greenaway Medalist French (Anancy and Mr. Dry Bone) combines crisply stylized tomb paintings with child-pleasing caricatures of animals, but the page design sometimes seems frenetic-pale, pastel designs oddly mingling with brightly colored Egyptian motifs. While the writer and the illustrator each demonstrate individual strengths, text and pictures do little to enhance each other. Ages 6-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
Pepi becomes a big help to his father who is decorating Prince Dhutmose's tomb in Egypt. Through his knowledge of secret names, he is able to commandeer live models of dangerous animals for his father. The fun aspect of the story is figuring out the secret names with the hieroglyphic guide that is included with the book. Rich, sharp, colorful illustrations capture the uniqueness of Egyptian art.
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Ancient Egypt is the setting for this intriguing, large format, picture storybook about how young Pepi tries to help his artist father create realistic paintings of animals to decorate the walls of the tomb for Prince Dhutmose. In order to help his father impress the prince, Pepi uses his daring wits to call upon real (and dangerous) animals, like the lion and crocodile, and persuades them to help by guessing their secret names. With the aid of the hieroglyphic alphabet at the end of the book, young readers can also try to figure out the secret names. They should also enjoy finding the prince's cat, which manages to sneak into each of the paintings. The bright, Egyptian-style illustrations are very effective.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Pepi's father is an artist who has been commissioned by Egyptian Prince Dhutmose to decorate his royal tomb. To help the man accurately portray creatures like the Lions of the Horizon and Horus the Hawk, Pepi befriends the real-life animals, guesses their secret names, and convinces them to pose for his father. When all the work is completed, Prince Dhutmose is well pleased with the artwork, with Pepi's talent at name-guessing, and with the chance inclusion of the prince's well-loved cat in the many tomb paintings. Based on imagination and fact, this oversized book with its brilliant illustrations in lapis, sand, and crocodile tones will make a good addition to units on ancient Egypt. Kids might also get a kick out of deciphering the hieroglyphics using the key at the back of the book.-Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845078737
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 12.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jill Paton Walsh read English at St Anne's College, Oxford, and became a writer at the age of 26. In 1994, her novel Knowledge of Angels was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Jill's many books for children include Fireweed (winner of the Whitbread Prize) and Gaffer Samson's Luck (winner of the Smarties Grand Prix). She lives in Cambridge.To vist Jill Paton Walsh's website click hereFiona French studied Art Education at Croydon College of Art and went on to work as Bridget Riley's assistant. In 1986 she won the Kate Greenaway Medal for Snow White in New York. In 1992 her first book for Frances Lincoln, Anancy and Mr Dry-Bone was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and chosen as a Children's Book of the Year. Pepi and the Secret Names (written by Jill Paton Walsh), was one of Child Education's Best Story Books of 1994 and shortlisted for the 1995 Children's Book Award. She is renowned for her distinctively sharp and colourful illustrations.Her other books for Frances Lincoln are Paradise, Bethlehem and Canticle of the Sun; The Smallest Samurai, Glass Garden, Jamil's Clever Cat, Lord of the Animals and Pepi and the Secret Names.

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Pepi and the Secret Names: Help Pepi Crack the Hieroglyphic Code 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please get this book on nook - it is part of a popular curriculum we use called Tapestry of Grace and we would love to buy it for nook!