Tutankhamen's Gift

Tutankhamen's Gift

by Robert Sabuda
     
 

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This simply written account of one of Egypt's most fabled kings follows Tutankhamen from his frail childhood through his brief, but magnificent, reign.

Overview

This simply written account of one of Egypt's most fabled kings follows Tutankhamen from his frail childhood through his brief, but magnificent, reign.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a starred review, PW said, "Sabuda neatly distills the history of a celebrated young ruler while offering a visual treat on each page"; the decorative illustrations feature a single piece of cut black paper against a background of painted papyrus. Ages 6-9. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-While not much is really known about Tutankhamen, his persona continues to intrigue young and old alike. Here is a book geared toward younger children about this fascinating figure. Imparting facts about Egyptian history, Sabuda creates a background world and then places the boy who would be king in it. Readers learn of customs such as the fact that only female members were included in ancient family portraits and that women in mourning threw dust in their hair when they wept. They read of temples built and then destroyed and of gods who became angry, abandoning their people. The uniqueness of this book, however, is in its extraordinary illustrations. Bold black framework cut from a single sheet of paper adheres to handmade Egyptian papyrus that has been brightly painted in dazzling early Egyptian designs. Cats, long worshiped by the Egyptians, are found on almost every page. Notes at the end of the book give additional facts about this ancient civilization and the discovery of Tut's tombs. For more information, try Piero Ventura and Gian P. Ceserani's In Search of Tutankhamen (Silver Burdett, 1985). But, for sheer beauty, Sabuda's book is a winner.-Dot Minzer, North Barrington School, Barrington, IL
Ilene Cooper
Visually stunning, this fictionalized account of the boyhood of Tutankhamen makes an interesting subject for a picture book. Sabuda portrays Tutankhamen as a small, frail boy whose greatest delight is watching the Egyptian artisans and craftspeople build temples to the gods. When the pharaoh dies, Tut's brother, Amenhotep IV, becomes the unadmired ruler who banishes the old gods in favor of one single god. When Amenhotep dies under mysterious circumstances, Tutankhamen becomes pharaoh. Although in his author's note, Sabuda says that historical facts are difficult to determine and are debated by scholars, he pulls a reasonable narrative out of what is known about his subject. The big draw here is the art, naively charming but intricate in execution. Each picture is made from a single sheet of black paper that has been adhered to handmade Egyptian papyrus. Sabuda has then boldly colored in his figures and designs but left each piece of color, down to the stripe of a dress, outlined in black, giving the spreads the look of stained glass. The ample use of Egyptian motifs and designs adds to the convincing feel of the art. But it is the tentative boy at the center of the story that adds a certain poignancy to what might otherwise have been mere spectacle.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780775107
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Sabuda is one of the most innovative and inventive children's book creators and is known worldwide for his amazing pop-up paper engineering. His books include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, The Winter's Tale, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, to name but afew, have garnered numerous awards and have made the New York Times bestseller lists on many occasions. He lives in New York City.

Robert Sabuda is one of the most innovative and inventive children's book creators and is known worldwide for his amazing pop-up paper engineering. His books include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, The Winter's Tale, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, to name but afew, have garnered numerous awards and have made the New York Times bestseller lists on many occasions. He lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
March 8, 1965
Place of Birth:
Pinckney, Michigan
Education:
B.F.A., Pratt Institute, 1987
Website:
http://www.robertsabuda.com

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