The Story of the Nile

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Take a stunning pictorial journey down the River Nile, from its source to the sea, in The Story of the Nile. See the people who settled along the river and how they live, from the Ugandan villagers by Lake Victoria to the dwellers in the Sudd, the Nubian civilization to the Egyptian fellaheen. Steve Noon's detailed illustrations truly capture the atmosphere of the fascinating world of one of humanity's most important ancient cultures.

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Overview

Take a stunning pictorial journey down the River Nile, from its source to the sea, in The Story of the Nile. See the people who settled along the river and how they live, from the Ugandan villagers by Lake Victoria to the dwellers in the Sudd, the Nubian civilization to the Egyptian fellaheen. Steve Noon's detailed illustrations truly capture the atmosphere of the fascinating world of one of humanity's most important ancient cultures.

Author Biography: Steve Noon is the award-winning illustrator of A Street Through Time.

Explore 4,500 years of rich and varied life along the Nile.

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Publishers Weekly
In Story of the Nile: A Journey Through Time Along the World's Longest River by Anne Millard, illus. by Steve Noon, readers travel from the river's source at Lake Victoria north to the Mediterranean Sea, covering more than 4,000 miles and 4,500 years, with full-bleed spreads of slaves and kings, monuments and of course the river itself. The author includes a visit to the royal city of Meroe, c. 50 AD; present-day tourists at the great temples in Abu Simbel; the funeral of King Khufu in Giza, c. 2500 BC; and more. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Dorling Kindersley's trademark creativity and exuberant detail is much in evidence in the oversized Story of the Nile. Rather than reference-style blocks of text and stand-alone illustrations, however, Steve Noon has painted double-page spreads of actual life along the Nile. The book opens with a look at native communities at the source of the Nile by Lake Victoria and passes through a busy port-side market in Khartoum, the swampy Sudd, Nubia in 1850 BC, the Pharaohs, students in Alexandria in 90 BC and even modern-day tourists at the ancient temples of Egypt. In addition to colorful and accurate detailing, text rings the edge of each page with interesting facts, questions and objects to find "I Spy" style. The only drawback is that the pages are not in chronological order, so the reader is jumping from nineteenth century to ancient Egypt and back to the twentieth century. The book also uses "B.C." rather than the newer and more politically correct "C.E." or "B.C.E." There is a glossary (Saladin, Aswan Dam, Arabs, Muslims) and a short index. The book is perfect for browsing by students of almost any age or grade level. Because of both the level of detail and the focus on real life, Story of the Nile will generate interest in history and can even help students come up with topics or questions to research. An excellent addition that moves from the traditional focus on Pharaohnic Egypt all along the Nile. 2003, Dorling Kindersley, Ages 7 up.
—Karen Leggett
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Gr 3-6-This oversized picture book takes readers on a journey along the Nile River, showing how people have lived along its banks at various points throughout history. A useful map accompanied by a brief introduction explains the types of terrain along the way and prepares readers for their tour. The first spread shows the early exploration of the river in the mid 1800s at its source-the Ripon Falls, and subsequent spreads are devoted to sites along its 4350-mile path to the Mediterranean Sea. Readers are introduced to the Sudd swampland in A.D. 62, Khartoum circa 1840, Abu Simbel in the present day, and the funeral of King Khufu at Giza in 2500 B.C. Students are encouraged to study the detailed, extensive pictures to find a pelican as well as other items, described in the text bordering each page. The use of colorful adjectives in the short paragraph on each spread creates word pictures; and what isn't written is depicted through the large, comprehensive drawings that portray the hustle and bustle of life and civilization along the Nile. Animals, people, and significant items are labeled. While this handsome book will be of minimal use for report writers, recreational readers will spend hours poring over it.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789498717
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.76 (w) x 14.08 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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