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The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt (Dover Children's Classics)
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2000
Format: Library BindingVerified Purchase
viewer from Califronia 1st published over 100 years ago, G.A. Henty's novels fill a void in the area of literature that is appropriate for kids! It is full of adventure and is written in a style that kids will read comfortably. The 15 year old hero, the prince of a small nation invaded by the Egyptians,is of strong moral character and boys, especially, will love the story of his captivity! Packed full of details: Egyptian architecture, family life, methods of warfare, government, geography, religion, and more! Even a cameo appearance by Moses, himself! As a homeschooling mother, I bought this book for my 6th grader to supplelment our history studies. I found myself reading it whenever she put it down and we were devouring it together for an entire weekend. Can't wait to get more Henty novels!
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 1999
Format: Library Binding
I read this book aloud to my children ages 11 and 13. Not only were we treated to an extraordinary story but to an amazing history lesson as well. Each chapter was full of details and interesting facts about Egypt woven into an exciting and suspenseful story. The vocabulary was fairly challenging but I considered this a positive aspect of the reading experience. We learned alot in a very painless way. We enjoyed G. A. Henty so much that we are reading another of his books now.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
I don't know about you, but I have to read a book with lots of excitment to keep me reading. After reading the first three chapters, this book lay forgotten on my desk, getting covered with dust and cobwebs. My mom found it (I am an eleven year old girl who is homeschooled) and told me I had to read it. I picked up the boring book and stuck my whole face into the book. I read and read and read. I almost fell asleep a few times. Then, the light turned on for me. About half way through the book the excitment happened. I could put the book down until it was over.

So, I think this book is worth four stars and four stars only. If it doesn't have a booming introduction, I'm not reading it. (or at least not until my mom says)

Some good books, however are the following. I had to read them for school. They are historical fiction.

Bonze Bow

Hittite Warrior

Golden Goblet

...just a few of some really good books. The Bronze Bow is the best book I've read in my life.

Over all, I think that The Cat of Bubastes has its share of boring parts in it. I would much rather read Harry Potter books than this, let's put it that way. But, it has its share of excitment in it too. I would read it again if I had to.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Superbly narrated by Jim Weiss, The Cat Of Bubastes is an exciting, riveting tale by G.A. Henty of Chebron (son of the Egyptian High Priest Ameres) and Amuba (a slave in the Ameres' household). Chebron accidentally kills a cat which is an act of sacrilege to the ancient Egyptians and the punishment is death. He and Amuba flee and in doing so find themselves embarking on the high road of adventure as they encounter life and death experiences among peoples of antiquity. The Cat Of Bubastes is a technically flawless, six CD, unabridged, six hour audio book and strongly recommended for personal and community library audio book collections.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 1998
Format: Library Binding
1st published over 100 years ago, G.A. Henty's novels fill a void in the area of literature that is appropriate for kids! It is full of adventure and is written in a style that kids will read comfortably. The 15 year old hero, the prince of a small nation invaded by the Egyptians,is of strong moral character and boys, especially, will love the story of his captivity! Packed full of details: Egyptian architecture, family life, methods of warfare, government, geography, religion, and more! Even a cameo appearance by Moses, himself! As a homeschooling mother, I bought this book for my 6th grader to supplelment our history studies. I found myself reading it whenever she put it down and we were devouring it together for an entire weekend. Can't wait to get more Henty novels!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book was exciting from the very beginning until the very end. I thought it was one of the best books I've ever read. It is about a Rebu Prince who lost his kingdom, his father, his family, and his home to the Egyptians in battle and was taken captive to Egypt. There, he was made a slave with his friend, Jethro. But he was not sad there for he was chosen by the high priest of the temple of the god, Osiris. Amuba, the Prince, made a friend at the priest's house, called Chebron. The main part was when they were outside trying to shoot a hawk who was killing all the water fowl. They both fired their bow and arrows. Since the prince had been in a battle, he hit the hawk but Chebron, who had never been in a battle before, missed and killed the sacred cat. In Egypt, if you kill a cat, you will be killed. From that point on in the story, things get exciting. People die, battles happen, the Prince and his comrades flee. In the end, Chebron is save because of the heroics of his friends. I rate this book a 5 star. If you want any kind of book just read this one!!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 1999
Format: Library Binding
This republished book brims with honesty, heroism, loyalty, and selflessness. The adventure remains high throughout the book and there are a few vocabulary words to look up for the 4th-7th grade child. Henty worked hard to keep the historical setting accurate; you feel as if you were in ancient Egypt! Well worth reading.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2009
Format: Library Binding
This was my first foray into the Henty canon, and I'm looking forward to absorbing more of his adventures. "The Cat of Bubastes" is filled with memorable characters, interesting historical interludes, and vivid descriptions, all of which combine to create a complete sense of time and place - and this is not easy to do when telling a story set in an environment as foreign and far-removed as Ancient Egypt.

As in many Henty novels, the young men who are the heroes of this story are strong and resourceful, and follow a moral compass. They treat women and girls with respect and honor; they are eager to expand their minds and gain useful experiences; and they are not afraid to face an evildoer with a weapon in their hands - and even put a stop to his villainy by ending his life if deemed necessary.

Some readers have called the novel "boring" because of its detailed descriptions of Egyptian culture. Admittedly, Henty does have a tendency to alternate between thrilling action sequences and lectures about daily life. To me, though, this demonstrated the depth of his research and his commitment to fleshing out the ancient setting.

So much of today's youth literature sacrifices good storytelling in an effort to hold a kid's attention through continual action, bathroom humor, or angst-filled characters. It was refreshing to me to read a book aimed at the young people of a century ago, and to find an author who wanted to instruct, entertain, and shape the character of his readers in a positive way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have two boys between 5 and 8 years old, and read this aloud to them at bedtime over the course of a month or so. They stayed very engaged and eager to hear what happens next. In fact, it was hard to stop reading sometimes and get them to calm down and go to sleep!

The language was a little "old fashioned" and needed some explaining at times, for kids their age. The very detailed descriptions of Egyptian agriculture, hunting, and embalming, as well as other religious customs, was a bit long and tedious at times, even for me (the reason for taking off one star.) But that is typical of Henty.

I would recommend using this as a good history suplement, that will allow you and your kids to connect the facts of history and remember them better, because they are set in the context of an exciting story. Moses makes a small cameo appearance, but the book is not overtly Christian. It ties the pantheism of the many Egyptian "gods" to the individual attributes of a single monotheistic God, in a remarkable scene between the high priest of Egypt and his son, who must flee Egypt to save his life. The connection is later made to the God of the Hebrews, when a Hebrew slave girl joins the group.

The values and morals of the lead characters are strong and timeless and great for boys particularly, which I believe was Henty's intent in most of the stories he wrote. We are now reading The Treasure of the Incas, which is also rich with culture and history, but the story is a little more exciting, as it involves the search for a secret treasure, something all little boys love.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you're looking to provide historically-rich literature for your home, the Henty series is an excellent option. Besides the obvious of reading an enjoyable book based on historical fact, these stories are an easy way to increase the reader's patience and attention span. Additionally, immersing oneself in skillful writing is a simple method of promoting good grammar.

If you're a homeschooling family who intends to school through high school, reading these stories (silently or aloud) is an effortless way to prepare your students for more demanding authors such as Hawthorne or Shakespeare. Even though our children are grown and are attending college, we've opted to keep this series of books because they really are a great read.
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