Thoth was the God of wisdom. He was all-knowing and magical and could control the earth and sky as well as talk to the animals. Thoth wrote everything he knew in a book and called it The Book of Thoth. The book was intended for only the gods to read, so he hid the book and covered it with powerful magic so no human would be able to read it. Neferkaptah was a young prince who loved to learn. He had studied everything he could get his hands on, but was frustrated there was not more for him to study. One day a priest at the temple agreed to tell Neferkaptah the location of The Book of Thoth in exchange for money. Neferkaptah agreed and took his wife and son on a barge to the town of Koptos where the book was hidden. People warned him the book was not to be touched by humans, but Neferkaptah ignored them and used his knowledge and magic to find the hidden book. Neferkaptah and his wife read every page and soon had power over the earth and sky and could understand what the animals were saying. After reading the entire book they boarded the barge to return home, when suddenly Neferkaptah's wife and son were seized by an unknown power and thrown into the river and died. The young prince sadly headed home alone. When his barge arrived, Neferkaptah's father found his son dead on the boat with The Book of Thoth tied around his body. Neferkaptah was buried in a tomb along with the book making sure no one would ever read it again. This book is a retelling of an Egyptian myth and includes beautiful illustrations, a list of important words and their definitions, a breakdown of the characters, and recommendations for ways to get more information about other Egyptian myths. Reviewer: Heather Kinard
Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)
Meet the Author
Jared Osterhold is a native resident of New Orleans Louisiana and lives with his wife, Helen, and two cats. When not doing artwork, he enjoys listening to and playing music (all kinds), weightlifting, bike riding, visiting with friends, and family, mediation, and volunteer work.
Cari Meister has written more than a hundred books for children, including the "Tiny" series (Penguin) and the "Meet the Monsters" series (Stone Arch Books). She has received many awards for her books. Most recently, "Airplane Adventure" (Stone Arch Books), was named to "Parents" magazine Best Books for 2010. Cari has been fascinated by the night sky ever since she can remember. Her love of space and stars led her to Space Camp when she was growing up. Today, Cari lives in the mountains of Colorado, with her husband, four boys, two horses and one dog.
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