Voices of Ancient Egypt

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Beautiful full-color illustrations and poems tell the stories of different occupations in ancient Egypt, from the farmer to the pyramid builder, from the goldsmith to the embalmer. Based on the latest historical research, Voices of Ancient Egypt conveys a dramatic sense of everyday life in this multicultural civilization.

Individual craftsmen, artists, and laborers describe the work that they do in Egypt during the time of the Old ...

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Overview

Beautiful full-color illustrations and poems tell the stories of different occupations in ancient Egypt, from the farmer to the pyramid builder, from the goldsmith to the embalmer. Based on the latest historical research, Voices of Ancient Egypt conveys a dramatic sense of everyday life in this multicultural civilization.

Individual craftsmen, artists, and laborers describe the work that they do in Egypt during the time of the Old Kingdom, and the historical note places them in context.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
For young Egyptologists with a poetic bent, Voices of Ancient Egypt, by Kay Winters, is a lovely collection of 13 poems purportedly written by workers in the lost world of the pharaohs, from pyramid builder and bird-netter to goldsmith and dancer ("I am a dancer. My job is joy"). —Elizabeth Ward
Publishers Weekly
Those who contributed to the way of life in the pharaohs' time proudly describe their work in the poems in Voices of Ancient Egypt by Kay Winters, illus. by Barry Moser. From the Scribe, who "unlock[s] secrets in ancient scrolls," to the Weaver, who "create[s] cloth fit for gods," and the Goldsmith, whose work "glitters almost as bright as our sun god Re," these portraits of dedicated craftsmen have resonance today, even as their words re-create a civilization of long ago. Endnotes provide additional factual details. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The time known as ancient Egypt spanned a period of over 5,000 years, from 5200 B.C. (the Predynastic period) to 30 B.C. (the Roman conquest). This book successfully portrays a picture of what daily life was like from approximately 2686-1069 B.C., a period encompassing the Old Kingdom to the New Kingdom. Simply presented with full-page, earth-toned illustrations on the left-hand side and on the right-hand pages the person's title, their story and hieroglyphics of the title. The award-winning illustrator has provided a visual feel for the voices in this book in such a way that, combined with the printed words, the reader truly obtains a sense of the peoples' identity. Perhaps the most valuable portion of the book is found at the end—a two page "Historical Note" elaborating upon each of the professions heard from earlier in the book, with such historical clarity that it should be read a the outset, not at the finish. The author was enthralled by Egypt while working on two occasions as a language arts consultant in Cairo and Alexandria. She has written numerous children's books and often addresses schools and conferences. She and her husband live in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. This book is recommended. 2003, National Geographic,
— Cindy Carolan
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Thirteen free-verse poems offer brief, first-person portraits of Egyptian laborers and artisans. Desert shades of tan and brown dominate the eloquent watercolor illustrations depicting these individuals who were the backbone of their society. Hieroglyphic titles add interest and authenticity. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426304002
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 1/13/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 350,555
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kay Winters was captivated by Egypt during visits as a language arts consultant in the American International Schools in Cairo and Alexandria. This author of numerous children’s books now lives in Quakertown, PA.

Barry Moser is an award-winning artist, illustrator, book designer and publisher. His work graces the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum collections.

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