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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bernadette Simpson; 1st, limited edition edition (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9771209396
  • ISBN-13: 978-9771209393
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,871,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My Escapades through Egypt

I first moved to Cairo with my parents in 1993, to complete my senior year of high school at Cairo American College. During this year, my parents took me - not always a willing adventurer - on many escapades through Egypt. We visited the historic buildings of Cairo, the water wheels in Fayoum, the palms and temples in Siwa, and the mountains and beaches of the Sinai. After graduating in front of the pyramids, I spent the next five years studying in America, my love for Egypt growing with each summer and winter holiday I spent visiting my parents in Cairo. In 1999, I earned my bachelor's degree from The University of North Texas where I studied elementary and special education and received my teacher certification in both fields.

That same year, I returned to Cairo to embark on my escapade as a teacher. I taught for eight years in Cairo at various international and local schools. My focus was mainly teaching English Language Arts and Reading, but I have also taught mathematics, science, social studies, art, and even P.E.!

After being awarded a scholarship from the FAWCO Foundation, I began my graduate studies through The University of Texas at Arlington. In the summer of 2005, I earned a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on literacy and English as a Second Language. During my studies, I also began working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the university. Today, I am still involved in assisting and training new and veteran teachers on best practices for language arts instruction.

I was always an avid reader and book-lover, but it was through my graduate studies that I truly realized the importance of children's literature - and the importance and effectiveness of teaching language to children using books with content familiar to the readers. I had few of those books available to me as a teacher in Cairo. I always remember trying to teach a third grade class how to play baseball just so they could understand and enjoy a story from our textbook. As I learned in my university courses and read story after story with my students, I was inspired by these young readers who willingly listened to, learned from, and even delighted in stories about snow, Thanksgiving, armadillos, enchiladas, and backyards. Not once did we read about Ramadan or sporting clubs or bowls of steaming lentil soup. And yet my students always asked for another book. Slowly, ideas for books written specifically for my Egyptian students began bubbling in my brain...and eventually started to find their way to paper.

In 2007, my husband Nadim and I decided to focus our energies on completing my first book. We left the hustle and bustle of Cairo and settled in the small town of Dahab in South Sinai - a place that provides a unique freedom to imagine, explore, and create. My favorite hours are spent with my young Bedouin neighbors as we all improve our language skills through what we do best - play! When I'm not working on my books, I enjoy swimming, hiking, gardening, baking, reading, and of course continuing my own escapades through Egypt. I also dabble in photography and enjoy snapping shots of the plants, animals, and places I visit on my adventures. I have contributed many of my photographs to the Wikimedia Commons. You can also check out my photo blog where I add weekly posts of even more "alphabetical photos" of Egypt.

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Children of all ages will enjoy this.
J. Wilberding
An ABC Escapade through Egypt is a wonderful children's book, with beautiful photographs of the many wonders of Egypt.
Jacqueline Fullerton
Once finished, I had a wonderful modern Egyptian experience.
B. Morales Correa

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on April 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
One not only reads but views Bernadette Simpson's An ABC Escapade Through Egypt. Filled with beautiful photographs of Egypt's rich culture, the book reads like a children's version of The Amazing Race. Using the alphabet and alliteration as the backbone driving the various excursions through this amazing country, Simpson introduces the reader to the food, entertainment, history, culture, wildlife, transportation, and other facets of Egyptian life. There is even a recipe for kids to make doe-ah (don't know what this is - pick up the book!).

Want to learn more about a Camel's hump? What about the many uses of date palm trees? Learn about the many types mangos and what a prickly pear is. Are hieroglyphics more your interest? Well it's all here.

Don't let the title fool you. This is not a preschool letter learning book for pre-school children, though they are sure to enjoy the wonderful pictures. This is a thoughtful, informative journey for 9-12 year olds which can be fully appreciated by adults as well. Certainly, Bernadette's rich background, having lived all over the world and now residing in the small town of Dahab in South Sinai, has provided her the sensitivity to experience and convey the wonders of Egypt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilberding on June 9, 2009
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This is a beautiful book! The pictures are gorgeous, and the text is just wonderful! Children of all ages will enjoy this. Younger children will appreciate the colorful photographs while teaching them the ABC's. Older children will love that the text is not too "textbook"--it's actually fun to read! And even adults will probably learn more about modern Egypt than they have ever learned before!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Fullerton on May 9, 2009
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An ABC Escapade through Egypt is a wonderful children's book, with beautiful photographs of the many wonders of Egypt. It is clever, fun to read, and lovely to look at. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AJM on July 21, 2009
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As an elementary school teacher in the U.S. with an Egyptian background, I have waited a long time for a high-quality book such as An ABC Escapade through Egypt to teach my students about Modern Egypt. A great deal of literature is available about Ancient Egypt, and many students only understand Egypt in terms of pharaohs and pyramids. Information students have received about Egypt in the present day is typically from the media, with a focus on religion, politics, and conflict. This book serves as an educational tool to help children understand Egypt as a modern country with unique beauty and a rich culture. An ABC Escapade through Egypt has helped to fill a void in my classroom library. In addition, Bernadette Simpson's accompanying website is amazingly comprehensive and offers even more tools to explore Egypt. Meaningful educational opportunities are endless.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura Miller on July 28, 2009
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Synopsis: This book is exactly what the title says it is: an escapade through modern-day Egypt using the alphabet as a guide.

My two cents: This book is an alliterative masterpiece that belongs on every bookshelf in every home. I was enthralled from the first page. Ms Simpson manages to capture life in modern Egypt with a few simple letters, easy to understand wording and magnificent photographs. From (A)thletes to the city of (Z)amalek, with (E)grets, the (R)ed Sea and (U)rchins in between, it is a truly amazing journey.

While making use of the alphabet to bring the reader into Ms Simpson's world, this is not your typical preschool ABC book. It is written at a more advanced level, more for 9-12 year olds. However, this will be a primary book I use in teaching my own young children about the wonders of modern-day Egypt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SillyMoose VINE VOICE on August 8, 2009
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This is amazing, fantastic book! I can't say enough about the content and the illustrations. I wish I found it when my children were smaller. I would recommend it especially to PARENTS OF GIFTED CHILDREN! You can read it with gifted kids as early as 2 years of age! Parents whose children love DK Eyewitness books should note this book and the author.
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