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Gr 5-9- Pyramids addresses why, by whom, and how these massive structures were created. While the majority of the book is devoted to the well-known Egyptian and Central American creations, George also introduces the lesser-known structures of South America, Asia, and Eastern Europe. King Tut explores Egyptian history, mummy making, the discovery and opening of the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922, and the events that happened after that. Much of the book is based on archaeologist Howard Carter's diaries and letters, and on period newspaper articles. The color photographs in these attractive books are excellent, and the readable texts are interesting. King Tut is a bit more sensational, focusing as it does on the so-called "mummy's curse" and the mysterious deaths surrounding those involved with the opening of the tomb. While not necessarily first purchases, given the number of books available on these topics, these volumes are well researched and will be useful for reports.-Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AKCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.