Discusses the achievements of the ancient Egyptians in science, mathematics, astronomy, medicine, agriculture, and technology.
Children's Literature - Susan HeplerSix chapters divide various Ancient Egyptian accomplishments into categories such as the Nile, building pyramids, early math, astronomy and time, medicine, and contributions to society. For example, the science used to measure floods, gauge time, move large limestone blocks up inclined planes, and mummify a body are explained. While the book would benefit from more drawings of how things work, the text explains enough to give middle elementary and older readers a basic understanding of, for instance, how the ancient Egyptians measured an odd-shaped field or what mathematics they substituted for place value. A glossary, index, and a modest selection of children's book nonfiction references also are included. A printing error on page 34 gives wrong equivalencies for 1/7 but is sure to be corrected in subsequent printings. Valuable as a resource for children as young as third grade, the book's primary audience seems to be slightly older children who have a deeper knowledge of mathematics (area, perimeter, place value) and the world in general. Given the new Virginia Standards of Learning, however, this book would be a welcome teacher resource for elementary school libraries.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-8Two well-researched and easy-to-understand titles. In addition to being packed with useful information about and insight into these ancient civilizations, each volume includes a helpful glossary and a final chapter that summarizes the peoples' achievements and discusses their legacy to modern science and technology. Harris details how the ancient Romans absorbed, redefined, and used the ideas and scientific information gathered from other cultures to develop new techniques and materials to improve their own lives. Woods offers a fascinating look at the ancient Egyptians' accomplishments in architecture, astronomy, mathematics, medicine (including a brief discussion of mummification), and science. What sets this series apart, however, is its format that includes clear, easy-to-read text; simple yet effective topic headings; excellent-quality, full-color photographs and reproductions; and Internet sites. Young people will enjoy these books in their own right but will also find a wealth of information for classroom reports and projects.Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA
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