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  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: Life in Ancient Civilizations
  • Library Binding: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822586835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822586838
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 9.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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A graduate of Swarthmore College, Liz Sonneborn has written more than fifty books for children and adults, including The American West, A to Z of American Indian Women, The Ancient Kushites, The Vietnamese Americans, and Chronology of American Indian History. In addition, she authored several titles for Lerner Publishing Group's Native American Histories series.

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In 3100 B.C. the Egyptians created a magnificent civilization in northeastern Africa. They created some of the most recognizable and fantastic architecture the world has ever seen. During this time the pharaohs ruled over Egypt's four social classes. There were the slowest ("slaves and servants"), workers, skilled professionals and the nobles. Once born into a class it tended to be static, unless you were extremely talented. Living so close to the mighty Nile, Egyptian lives centered around the river. They were "expert shipbuilders" and the soil was very fertile so they could grow vegetables, fruit trees and grains. They also ate fish, fowl and consumed a lot of bread, "their favorite food." Meats like beef were expensive and reserved for the rich. They had "hundreds of gods and goddesses" and thanked them for their good lives in many temples.

The common people lived in "plain houses made from mud and bricks." They wore linen clothing and often children wore no clothing at all. They loved to adorn themselves with jewelry and anoint their bodies with perfume and oil. To finish off the picture they used green and black makeup to make their eyes appear larger. The women were homemakers and family oriented. The children played outside a lot, but also had chores and responsibilities. Children did not attend school, but "they learned what they needed to know from their parents.
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I am the author of more than eighty nonfiction works for middle grade readers and young adults. I write on a wide variety of subjects, but my specialties include biography, women's history, ethnic studies, American Indian history and culture, African-American studies, and American popular culture. You can find out more about me and my books at www.lizsonneborn.com.

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