We're Sailing Down the Nile: A Journey Through Egypt

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Publishers Weekly

Six smiling Egyptian children invite readers to accompany them on a sightseeing jaunt down the Nile River, depicted in vibrant, naïve-style collage artwork. The young guides stop at several Egyptian tourist attractions as they make their way from Aswan north to the Great Pyramids of Giza (a concluding map traces the journey). "Climb aboard the river boat! We're sailing down the Nile./ We'll reach the Valley of the Kings in just a little while." As in Off We Go to Mexicoand her other travelogues for youngsters, Krebs keeps the rhyming couplets simple and concise as she introduces a sampling of attractions. Wilson (The Great Race) sometimes zeroes in on just the children against ruddy-orange hues that paint the riverbank, as when they visit a temple along the Nile's edge. The aquamarine ribbon of river beautifully contrasts with the warmer hues of the land. The artist presents a variety of settings, from farmers toiling along the shores to Cairo's colorful skyline, and reinforces the role of the Nile as central to Egyptian life, past and present. A vignette of a different ancient god (Ra, Isis, etc.) appears in the upper right corner of each spread, an addition that seems somewhat out of place. In the back matter, young history buffs will find a brief chronicle of ancient Egypt, a rundown of its gods and their powers, maps, plus information on hieroglyphics, mummies and pyramids. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Karen Leggett
This bright and clever approach to telling the stories of ancient Egypt is perfect for the many elementary school classes that must now cover Egypt in the curriculum. The narrator travels down the Nile in an Egyptian sailboat, from Abu Simbel in the deep south, north to Cairo. The rhyming text flows up and down the page like the river itself. Each page includes a corner medallion featuring one of the ancient Egyptian deities, all of whom are explained and illustrated at the back of the book. The back pages also include a map that is very easy to follow, a brief history of ancient Egypt, descriptions of the Egyptian social classes (appropriately shown in a pyramid), common types of work and, of course, a page about mummies. This back information is thorough enough for many older students, giving the book a broad appeal across diverse academic and language abilities. The author made her own trip down the Nile and also consulted professional Egyptologists in the United States and Egypt. The fun and fanciful illustrations include collage cut-outs on watercolor deserts, pyramids, and the flowing blue-green Nile. The illustrations are simple but accurate and colorful, including cars and minarets in Cairo, a souk, and long gowns in the country. There is an overabundance of books about ancient Egypt, but this is a pleasing, informative addition.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3
As six children sail down the Nile River, they visit seven sites including the Valley of the Kings, Al-Faiyum Oasis, Cairo, and the Great Pyramid of Giza. The immensity of temple statues, the activity of the marketplace, and the difference between farmland and Cairo's skyline come alive in the printed collaged papers on painted backgrounds in naive style. The mediums and layout emphasize the warm colors of the Egyptian desert in contrast with the cool colors of the river, sky, and vegetation. Following the story, the destinations are highlighted on a map and described in two sentences each, leaving out important details. The author misses an opportunity to introduce the term "felucca" for the Egyptian sailboat and never states that the Nile is the world's longest river or explains why it flows north. Appended pages summarize the periods of ancient Egyptian history, social classes, mummies and pyramids, the mighty floods, and "Egyptian Scripts." Despite a spread devoted to ancient gods and goddesses, it never becomes clear why each page of the story includes a box featuring a god and his/her symbol. Despite some flaws in the overall package, the rhyming verses of the children's journey and the accompanying illustrations do create a simple introduction to Egyptian sites.
—Julie R. RanelliCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846861949
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 704,670
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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