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Tales of Ancient Egypt (Puffin Classics) Paperback


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Puffin Classics
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reissue edition (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140367160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140367164
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Roger Lancelyn Green was born in 1918 and lived in Oxford and at his family home in Cheshire, which the Greens had owned for more than 900 years. He loved storytelling and was fascinated by traditional fairy tales, myths and legends from around the world. He was a professional actor, a librarian and a teacher. His retellings include Egyptian, Greek and Norse legends, plus a retelling of Robin Hood. He also wrote many books for adults, including a biography of his friend C. S. Lewis, creator of the The Chronicles of Narnia. Roger Lancelyn Green died in 1987.

Customer Reviews

This book is truly great at telling stories of ancient Egyptian myth.
Heidi Arvin
It is a great learning tool for kids of any age, and especially great for homeschoolers who are using Story of the World for History.
Nihonkabu
A kid's review: I really liked this book because it had a lot of adventure, trickery, and sorcery.
J. Smith

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
Tales of Ancient Egypt is about inspiring stories that will thrill your heart. The stories are very old and very magical. The book brings you to the world of Ancient Egypt with stories of the Pharoahs and the gods. It covers all of Ancient Egypt's timeline with stories from each time period. It is about wars, and the fall of many cities in battle, and the god's magic. I suggest that if you want to read a very entertaining book than read this one. It was a great book and you will think it was great as well.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Khyraen on July 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a book of short stories translated from Egyptian hieroglyphics. Some of the oldest stories in the world are told in the three different sections: Gods, Magic, and Adventures. The subject matter may be too confusing for grade school children; Egyptian stories either follow a different pattern of plot development than we are used to or else some of it is lost in translation.

One of the fun things to look for while reading this book is similarities in these stories to ones with which we are more familiar. I found similarities to Biblical stories, a unique take on the kidnapping of Helen by Paris, and my daughter found Ali Baba in one of the stories.

This book will also shine some light on the very complicated Egyptian religion as well as what they considered to be a virtue or a vice. For example, they often praise cunning--a virtue praised again and again within these stories. Have you children see what they can summarize about Egyptian priorities from these stories.

Summary: Highly recommended home school book for pre-teens and teens which will add depth to their study of this ancient civilization. A Landmark Books classic.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Nihonkabu on October 27, 2005
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This book is a translation into English of many Egyptian myths. It is a great learning tool for kids of any age, and especially great for homeschoolers who are using Story of the World for History.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By mom2two on December 15, 2009
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I ordered this for our homeschooled second grader, on recommendation from our curriculum company. I'm glad I read it first! There are many instances of incest and violence in the stories...which are fairly accurate renditions of Egyptian mythology, so I guess I should not have been surprised. I guess I expected it to be toned down in a book recommended for younger children. I, however, found it interesting and read the whole book in one evening. It's not challenging material for an adult, but it was interesting and I learned a few things about Ancient Egyptian culture that I can use in teaching. My kids won't be reading it until they are older. :) I give it four stars only because it was not what I expected from the recommendation. It could be that the book was not intended to be recommended to that age group and the fault may lie with the company who recommended it to me...I don't know. I do not regret the purchase and will use the book when talking about world religions with my children when they are older.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dienne TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2010
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I am certainly no expert on Egyptian mythology, so I can't say whether this collection of Egyptian myths is complete, accurate or any better or worse than any other collection of Egyptian myths.

All that I can review, therefore, are the stories themselves, which is rather awkward. It's a bit like reviewing the Bible - where do you start to "critique" stories that were written thousands of years ago and which were handed down both orally and in written form for many generations? The stories are what they are. We read them not solely for the enjoyment (or lack thereof) that the stories may offer, but to understand the history and culture of our long-ago ancestors who shaped the beginnings of our civilization.

The first third of the book deals with stories of the gods, beginning with Amen-Ra, the father of all gods and his creation of the world, moving through more familiar gods such as Isis, Osiris and Horus to lesser known gods such as Khnemu and Queen Hatshepsut. These I found the least engaging of the stories as they are more like brief bios of the gods, listing their notable achievements as it were. There's not a lot of narrative development or plot building.

The latter two sections - tales of magic and tales of adventure - are more like stories as we know them - more dynamic characters interacting and intriguing against each other in ways that creates interesting, suspenseful plots which engage the reader. The stories of magic can be hard for Western readers to appreciate, as the Egyptians accepted magic as a given, much like we accept science. The concept of a "Ka" or double, for instance, is quite alien to Western readers, nor do we tend to fully comprehend the elaborate rituals and knowledge surrounding their treatment and experience of death.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on February 20, 2008
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A kid's review: I really liked this book because it had a lot of adventure, trickery, and sorcery. One of the stories was about a thief. He was an architect who built a treasury that was "unbreakable." Only he could get through, and when he did he stole some of the gold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elle L on April 24, 2010
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The stories are written well, in a fun-to-read and interesting tone. Read aloud with my kids, this book has been a fun AND educational experience for my family :)
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