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Pyramids Of Ancient Egypt: The Living History Series Hardcover – September 15, 1992

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Grade 4-6-- Around 2555 B.C. , Chephren, the fourth pharaoh of the fourth dynasty, decided to build a pyramid. This book focuses on life at that time. Morley's An Egyptian Pyramid (Peter Bederick, 1991) is just one of the titles that provides similar information about pyramid construction, mummification, and the customs and religion of the Egyptians. But there are a few differences. The illustrations here are full-color photographs of models posed as workers, courtiers, priests, and the pharoah. Although some of the shots seem almost like museum tableaus, others, like the one showing cosmetics the Egyptians used, make factual information come to life. Unfortunately, the explanations are cursory and, at times, at odd with the photos. For example, there is a textual description of hair care, but the models are shown with their heads shaven. The back endpapers feature a time chart that places the rise and fall of Egyptian civilization in context with Biblical history and other great world events. While there's not much new here, and none of the topics are covered in depth, the idea of emphasizing the human and social aspects of this ancient culture may make this presentation more exciting than other books on the subject.
- Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Living History Series
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152005099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152005092
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,232,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Norway Mom on May 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read this book aloud for my tween boys. We've read a lot of books about Egypt, and yet there were many things we learned in this book. The book is well-written, and it's a shame that the re-enactment photos seem kind of cheap and not always very relevant to the text.

Each two-page spread covers a single topic. The first part of the book covered topics related to everyday life in ancient Egypt, for example make-up, medicine and school. The middle of the book covered topics in the building of Khefrens pyramid, for example finding precise north, accidents and final touches. The last part of the book covered topics related to death and burial.

Each two-page spread was illustrated and had about four paragraphs of text. Ideal length for reading aloud.
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