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Children's LiteratureWhether it is mummies, pharaohs, golden masks, or pyramids that attract them, young history lovers will find those intriguing topics here, as well as a wealth of information about Egypt from prehistoric times to today's Egyptian Republic. Beginning with Egypt's geology and the River Nile, a well-written text and beautifully reproduced pictures (Abrams has lived up to its reputation) lead the reader through colorful pages on gods and goddesses, cities and deserts, kings and commoners, war and daily life. A real plus is the abundance of maps—this is, after all, an atlas—locating sites through the centuries of changing dynasties and conquests. The "Spotlight on Cities" pages are outstanding, describing and illustrating important settlements along the Nile such as Alexandria, Memphis, Abydos, Thebes, and Aswan. For those interested in Egypt's later history, Part Four offers a glimpse into the work of scholars and archaeologists from Napoleon's conquest to the present day. Laid out in exceptionally well-designed spreads with photographs from the British Museum and other sources, this volume will capture the attention of middle readers, young adults, and even adults who want an overview of Egypt's long and fascinating history. (The author had the resources and curators of the British Museum at her disposal.) For those who also enjoy the pleasure of exploring an especially attractive book, it is a perfect addition to any collection of titles on ancient Egypt. A useful glossary, an index, and a bibliography will help students with further research. 2005, Abrams, Ages 10 up.
—Barbara L. Talcroft