Ramses II: Egyptian Pharaoh, Warrior, and Builder

Ramses II: Egyptian Pharaoh, Warrior, and Builder

by Stephanie Fitzgerald
     
 

Ramses II was one of the greatest pharaohs to rule ancient Egypt. Taking the throne in his early 20s and leading Egypt for 67 years, he was one of the longest-ruling pharaohs. Known for his strategic military skills, Ramses displayed his military might at the Battle of Kadesh, which set up an alliance with Egypt’s sworn enemy. He was also an extraordinary…  See more details below

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Ramses II was one of the greatest pharaohs to rule ancient Egypt. Taking the throne in his early 20s and leading Egypt for 67 years, he was one of the longest-ruling pharaohs. Known for his strategic military skills, Ramses displayed his military might at the Battle of Kadesh, which set up an alliance with Egypt’s sworn enemy. He was also an extraordinary builder. Throughout his reign as pharaoh, he ordered the construction of more temples and monuments than any other ruler. His accomplishments and long-lasting reign earned him the title of Ramses the Great.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jamie Hain
In the history of Egypt, only one pharaoh ruled for almost 70 years, completing more construction projects and winning more battles than any other. That pharaoh was Ramses II. In this biography, Stephanie Fitzgerald explores the details of his life that marked Ramses II as one of the greatest pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. This book is full of colorful illustrations and informative inserts about the life and culture of ancient Egyptians, including details about mummification, hieroglyphs, art, and religion. Part of the "Signature Lives Ancient World" series, this book contains a detailed timeline of Ramses II's life, a glossary of words that may be new to young readers, an index of terms for quick reference, and a list of additional resources for those who want to learn more. Written in an easy-to-read style, this highly informative book would make a great resource for classes studying Ancient Egypt and a good addition to any school library. Reviewer: Jamie Hain
School Library Journal

Gr 6-8

Though these books are primarily biographies, they also offer details about the history and daily life of Egypt's New Kingdom era. Hatshepsut is more focused on that ruler's life. It also discusses more topics concerning women, such as giving birth and the role of female royalty. The book expects some sophistication from its readers. Ramses , which is geared toward the younger end of the grade level and features simpler sentence structures, provides broad background on the history of the ancient civilization. Both texts are accompanied by high-quality photographs of artifacts, maps, and floor plans. Each book's detailed time line, comparing events in Egypt to those throughout the world, is helpful for placing the lives of the pharaohs in context. For readers with an interest in ancient Egypt or students seeking those hard-to-find 100-plus-page, age-appropriate biographies for assignments, these books are an excellent fit. They incorporate recent archaeological findings and provide excellent, updated supplements to the "Leaders of Ancient Egypt" series (Rosen, 2003).-Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756538361
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Series:
Signature Lives Series: Ancient World
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1060L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Stephanie Fitzgerald has been writing nonfiction for children for more than 10 years. Her specialties include history, wildlife, and popular culture. Stephanie is currently working on a picture book with the help of her daughter, Molly.

Anthony Wacholtz has been a baseball fan since he was old enough to pick up a bat and ball. He earned a degree in English from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and has written a biography for young readers of All-Star catcher Joe Mauer. Besides playing softball and following his favorite team, the Minnesota Twins, he enjoys pitting his baseball knowledge against others in fantasy baseball.

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