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You Wouldn't Want to Be a Pyramid Builder!: A Hazardous Job You'd Rather Not Have (Revised Edition)
     

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Pyramid Builder!: A Hazardous Job You'd Rather Not Have (Revised Edition)

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by Jacqueline Morley
 

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Children's Literature - Sherryn Craig
It is 1500 B.C. and the Nile River has overflowed its banks…again. While waiting for the floodwaters to recede, the reigning pharaoh conscripts farmers and laborers into building a pyramid. Over the next twenty years, builders will confront a series of challenges in completing this monumental task—many will be fatal. A person’s lifespan in Ancient Egypt depends on whether or not he is skilled (e.g., mason, scribe, artist) and where he’s assigned to work, whether at the pyramid or cutting stone from a nearby quarry. There is no time for personal recreation. When builders are not working, they are engaged in household chores such as cooking, hauling water, shopping, or worshipping important gods like Isis, Osiris, and Ra. Since Egyptian beliefs of the day do not guarantee passage to the afterlife, it is paramount that certain rituals are followed, including preserving the body of the deceased and making offerings to the gods. Morley adopts a second person point of view in writing this work so that readers can immerse themselves in the story and try on different roles and responsibilities. The book features colored cartoon illustrations with amusing speech balloons, like “Don’t Try This at Home.” The narrative’s lighthearted tone, combined with the story’s humorous illustrations, make this historical account fun and engaging to read. Moreover, the presentation makes weighty and sometimes austere topics (e.g., polytheism, slavery, mummification) more accessible to young readers. This nonfiction book provides young readers with a great introduction to Ancient Egyptian civilization. Reviewer: Sherryn Craig; Ages 5 to 10.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531238523
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2013
Series:
You Wouldn't Want to Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
209,884
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x (h) x 9.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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