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Children's LiteratureYou can't judge a book by its cover, or so the saying goes . . . not so with this one! It is clear from the framed hieroglyphs overlaid upon a mysterious, faint map on the front cover that a lot of amazing information is just waiting to be discovered inside! This is an outstanding effort to pull together a comprehensive history of the ancient Egyptians that succeeds on every front. The book examines the civilization of ancient Egypt by studying its people; from the farmers, builders and craft workers, to the priests, pharaohs and mummy makers. All of their lives were dependent upon the Nile River. The text in this book will keep even the most skeptical history-phobe enticed. Photographs, illustrations, diagrams, charts and fact boxes break up the longer textual portions in an interesting manner. An essential timeline is located near the end, along with recommendations for further research. Not only is there a glossary at the end but also a biographical dictionary, proving quite helpful when trying to keep all of the rulers of the time straight! Part of the "People of the Ancient World" series that includes the titles The Ancient Chinese, The Ancient Inca, and Ancient Mesopotamia (the Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians). This book would make a superb addition to any elementary school study of ancient civilizations. The author has written more than 55 books for middle grades and young adults. Her research for her first book about Egypt involved spending a month in Egypt as a guest of the government. Highly recommended. 2004, Franklin Watts/Scholastic Inc, Ages 9 to 12.
—Cindy L. Carolan