From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3?Milton introduces emerging readers to the pyramids, the life-after-death beliefs of ancient Egyptians, the process of mummification, and the burial procedure for pharaohs. The straightforward text is enhanced by an attractive layout and eye-catching, cut-paper illustrations. Realistic shadows give added depth to the scenes. Unfortunately, the author does not explain when pharaohs began and stopped building pyramids and when modern adventurers and archaeologists began exploring and studying these historical artifacts. Despite this criticism, this book will be a springboard for many students who will want more information about this topic. Be sure to have copies of these books on hand: David Macaulay's Pyramid (Houghton, 1975), Aliki's Mummies Made in Egypt (HarperCollins, 1979), Margaret Berrill's Mummies, Masks, and Mourners (Dutton, 1990), and Nicholas Reeves's Into the Mummy's Tomb (Scholastic, 1992). Mummies is sure to be popular with budding Egyptologists and beginning readers who want "real stories."?Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
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Gr. 2^-3. Along with offering new readers a lot of information, this is one of the most attractive easy-to-reads around. Milton explains in clear, crisp language the theory and process of mummification. Swan's intricate cut-paper collages portray modern-day and ancient Egypt; intricately cut pieces of paper are turned into masks and mummies and ornate decorations. The occasional photograph adds interest but jars a little. Considering at how early an age children are fascinated by ancient Egypt, this will make a welcome introduction that they can read themselves. Ilene Cooper