Tutankhamun

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After thirty-two centuries of lying hidden in the Egyptian Valley of the Kings, King Tutankhamun’s sacred, royal tomb was discovered by a British archaeologist, and Tut’s story became known throughout the world. Demi sets King Tutankhamun’s life in the context of the religious beliefs of his ancestors. Born to a pharoah who had the revolutionary idea that all of Egypt must worship only one god, Tut ascended the throne and restored religious freedom to the Upper and Lower kingdoms. He allowed his subjects to ...

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After thirty-two centuries of lying hidden in the Egyptian Valley of the Kings, King Tutankhamun’s sacred, royal tomb was discovered by a British archaeologist, and Tut’s story became known throughout the world. Demi sets King Tutankhamun’s life in the context of the religious beliefs of his ancestors. Born to a pharoah who had the revolutionary idea that all of Egypt must worship only one god, Tut ascended the throne and restored religious freedom to the Upper and Lower kingdoms. He allowed his subjects to worship either the one god, Aten, of his father or the many shapes and forms of the sun god, Amun, whom they had worshiped since ancient times. Using research that includes the artifacts in King Tutankhamun’s tomb, Demi shares the rich details of the king’s life, from ostrich and lion hunts, to the challenges of ruling his Kingdom. Demi’s storytelling skills and magnificent artwork, inspired by Egyptian line in paintings, architecture, sculpture, and jewelry, reveal the life of a remarkable king who has been watching us “across a span of more than 3, years.”

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The unmistakable designs and opulent glitter of ancient Egyptian art gleam on every page of Demi's picture-book introduction to Tutankhamun. Beginning with King Tut's great-grandfather, Demi presents the broad historical context surrounding the young monarch's reign, with particular emphasis on the feud between Tut's two most powerful advisors. Demi's language, organized into brief but pithy paragraphs, is clear, but many young readers will still need help grasping the complex political machinations, which may interest them less than the details of the young king's education and rule. It's the beautiful illustrations that will attract and hold a young audience most, and as usual, Demi incorporates artistic motifs and materials appropriate to her subject. Here, working in Egyptian and Chinese inks, she creates elegant borders of glyphlike patterns surrounding uncluttered, stylized scenes of figures drawn straight from ancient Egyptian art, all set against light, linen-textured backgrounds. A family tree, map, and author's note add more heft to this gilded, handsome biography of a subject whose popularity only grows greater 3,000 years after his birth."
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Absolutely golden. That is the quick way to describe Demi's latest biography, which features the ancient ruler known as "King Tut." Through skillful storytelling and gorgeous artwork inspired by Egyptian arts, this book presents the life of one who lay unknown for thirty-two centuries before being uncovered by British archaeologists. It begins with Tutankhamun's great-grandfather, King Thutmose IV, who had a moment of revelation in the desert and decided to worship the sun god Aten. It continues with the decision of Tutankhamun's father, King Akhenaten, to restrict others' worship to Aten. It was into this religiously contentious world that Tut was born. Demi considers Tutankhamun's life in this framework, even as she explains Egypt's complex political structure, too. It is the story of a complex, but short life; Tut died of unknown cause at the age of nineteen. It is also the story of a tremendous archaeological find. Because of the suspicious circumstances of his death and the tumultuous transfer of power that occurred in the days afterwards, King Tut's tomb was hidden. Unfound by the grave robbers that had looted many other Egyptian tombs, this "Lost Tomb" was perfectly preserved when it was "found" in 1922. This book is highly recommended for school and public libraries. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Luxuriously detailed, brilliantly colored, and drenched with gold, Demi's biography of the "boy king of Egypt" is, unfortunately, easier to look at than it is to read. Palace intrigue, violence, secret tombs, and beautiful queens add some sparkle to an otherwise rather dull text. In addition, much attention is paid to Tutankhamun's father's rejection of Amun and the other gods in favor of Aten, a rather abstract concept. Although indisputably beautiful, the illustrations suffer from an inert quality, in part due to the Egyptian style the artist is echoing—flat and declarative, with each figure shown in profile. Supplement this title with Zahi Hawass's Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Boy King (National Geographic, 2005) for photographs and text that focus on the archaeology and objects found in Tutankhamun's tomb.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761455585
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 663,698
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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