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Egypt: In Spectacular Cross-section Hardcover – September 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1000L (What's this?)
  • Series: Egypt
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Nonfiction (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439745373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439745376
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 9.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-7–Employing his large, trademark cross-section or cut-away style illustrations that are full of detail and bustling small figures, Biesty, supported by Ross, uses the fictional construct of family members traveling to a wedding as a way of exploring various aspects of daily life in Egypt around the year 1230 B.C.E. The main narrative consists of not more than 1000 words, providing the broad outline of the journey and information about the sights along the way. The longer supplementary text includes labels identifying characters and objects in the illustrations; short paragraphs explaining what readers are looking at; and additional paragraphs providing more general information. Of course, the book's raison d'être is the artwork. Laid out in panoramic spreads, it demonstrates such important subjects as how the Egyptians farmed their land after the annual Nile flood, how their houses were constructed and utilized, and what went on at a busy harbor. Most of the information is available in other books, although such topics as hippo hunts and restrooms are less common. But the amount of detail included in Biesty's illustrations and the attention required to ferret all of it out make the book as visually stimulating as Martin Handford's Where's Waldo titles and almost as useful as the longer, more architectural books by David Macaulay. Librarians might be reduced to using magnifying glasses, but students with sharp eyes and an interest in ancient Egypt will have no trouble extracting what they want to know.–Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX
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From Booklist

Gr. 2-4. It isn't always easy to parse the intricate, sliced-and-diced diagrams of illustrator Biesty's cross-section books, which have covered a variety of subjects. But even newcomers to the books will quickly see the advantages of the versatile premise, which not only allows readers to see cross-sections of structures and landscapes but also demonstrates how a single layer, such as the uppermost contour of a limestone quarry, might change over time. In this title, which takes readers back to Ramses II-era Egypt, a slight story about a young boy's first trip down the Nile with his merchant father links 10 featured sites, each of which is minutely rendered and elaborately annotated with facts, commentary, and labeled pointers that locate recurring characters within the busy tableau. Particularly appealing to children will be the tiny, visual vignettes that contribute amusing levity to the epic goings-on; on almost every spread, there's at least one person (or animal) relieving itself. This isn't as scholarly as David Macaulay's Pyramid (1975), but many young readers will prefer this book's lavish colors and entertaining seek-and-find elements. Jennifer Mattson
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Biesty is a talented illustrator and his cross-sectional drawings are fascinating.
Marco Antonio Abarca
The Egyptians were amazing civil engineers for their time and this can humble one's image of our technology superiority.
Robert
I can only add that the pricing of this volume makes it a great buy given everything that it contains.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
The premise of "Egypt: In Spectacular Cross-Section," which features the captivating artwork of Stephen Biesty, is that eleven-year-old Dedia and his father, Captain Wennufer, undertake a 39-day journey down the Nile River during the reign of the Pharaoh Ramses the Great in the year 1230 B.C.E. Officially Ramses II, he is commonly believed to be the pharaoh of the Exodus, although this is in dispute. His mummy has been unwrapped, so that we can actually see what he looks like, although he is alive and well within the confines of this volume. Dedia and his father travel down the great river, delivery cargo as they go, eventually arriving at Piramesse, the site of the magnificent royal palace of Ramses. There Nebre, Dedia's uncle, a rich and important scribe, is getting married. The downside to the journey is that Dedia's stern aunt Meritate and know-it-all daughter Ipuia are coming along on the trip.

The journey is laid out in the first "chapter" (a two-page spread), so that you can see exactly what Dedia and his relatives will be visiting as they journey to the mouth of the Nile. Young readers get to see quarrying at Gebel el-Silsila, Amun-Ra's temple at Karnak (which is what you see on the cover), the Valley of the kings, the town of Deir el-Medina, where there is a funeral taking place for the headman (9involving the seven stages of mummification), Saqqara's Step Pyramid, the farmers working the fields of the fertile Nile, and finally Ramses' palace at Piramesse. The back of the book contains a Glossary of not only key terms, from "afterlife" to "Underworld," but lists of both the Kings and queens, as well as the deities, mentioned in the text (where you learn whose face is supposed to be on the Great Sphinx of Giza and the difference between Osiris and Horus).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marco Antonio Abarca VINE VOICE on January 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book has a cursory story about a young boy and his family making a trip down the Nile. Along the way, they see ancient Egypt in all its glory. However, what this book is really about is Stephen Biesty's hyper kinetic illustrations. Biesty is a talented illustrator and his cross-sectional drawings are fascinating. The value of this book is that hopefully Biesty's captivating illustrations will lead a young reader onto further study. This is a beautiful book and can be purchased at a very reasonable price.
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By Robert on January 7, 2014
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While a number of recent advances in archeology have shown how amazing the Egyptian builders were, this does a fine job of showing in exploded format what was known by 2000. The Egyptians were amazing civil engineers for their time and this can humble one's image of our technology superiority.
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