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Treasury of Egyptian Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters & Mortals (National Geographic Kids) Hardcover – October 22, 2013

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Accomplished children’s author Napoli has her finger on the pulse of what young people want to read, and Egypt, with its mummies, pharaohs, and pyramids, is a perennial favorite. Yet Egyptian mythology remains somewhat ignored, making the content of this book, while familiar, feel quite fresh. It begins with a brief introduction to the genesis of Egyptian culture and a primer on its glyphs and naming conventions. Creation stories and enmeshed tales of a panoply of gods are told in a highly stylized way. (An illustrated cast of characters in the back matter clarifies the confusing litany of deities.) Balit’s Egyptian-styled illustrations are spectacular and given a proper sandstone-and-tile border. Egyptian mythology is not nearly as common as its Greek and Roman counterparts, but is every bit as engaging, lyrical, and reflective of the cultural beliefs of the civilization in which it finds its origins. This hefty compendium should offer something new for the most ardent mythology fans. Grades 5-8. --Erin Anderson

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Named a 2014 Notable Children's Book by the Association for Library Service to Children

"Sumptuous of format, magisterial of content, stimulating for heart and mind both." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Mythological beings emerge as fully formed characters through equally powerful storytelling and images." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"In this exemplary book of folklore, Napoli introduces young readers to Egyptian mythology with vivid language and illustration and anchors the tales in intriging and research-supported interpretation." --Association for Library Service to Children

"Resplendent illustrations heighten reader interest in the Egyptian mythological creation stories contained in this oversized anthology." --Library Media Connection
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Series: National Geographic Kids
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426313802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426313806
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For all information about Donna Jo Napoli (books, events, biography, awards, contact information), please go to http://www.donnajonapoli.com

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Pheobe Winterbottom on October 23, 2013
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I am a 7th grade language arts teacher and I could not wait for this book to arrive. I already own Napoli's Treasury of Greek Mythology, and her Egyptian storybook is equally as wonderful as the Greek one. Napoli writes with such a compelling sense of voice that readers are pulled into the stories. Egyptian mythology is complicated, especially to young readers, but Napoli is a masterful storyteller and she is able to create such beautiful, accessible stories from a complex, ancient set of stories. She has clearly done her research, as there is a really helpful section explaining information such as the origins of names, the variations of details over time and her decision process as she wrote, how the Greeks influenced the stories and names. The stories also have inset boxes with nonfiction information about details related to the stories -- funeral practices, mummification, hieroglyphs, building of pyramids, legally accepted practices at the time, desert life, etc). The illustrations are gorgeous. I would say this book is geared for middle school and above readers, but would be well suited for read-alouds with younger children. It's a must-have for anyone teaching about ancient Egyptian society and mythology. Love, love, LOVE this book!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ThatWritingChick on December 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The only thing that saves this book is the colorful art. Other than that, It gets Egyptian mythology constantly wrong. I love how they replace Set with Thoth in one tale because Set is supposed to be our devil figure, then it calls Set a liar for claiming he protects Ra. Archeological proof has never shown Thoth fighting Apep, always Set or Bastet. Our Education these days, folks. Teaching children to think in black and white, regardless of well known evidence. (Yes, I understand Egyptian mythology can be contradictory, but that doesn't mean we should make stuff up when we are trying to be educational.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Passionforlife on November 29, 2013
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Beautiful book on the Mythology of Egypt, got it for my grandson and he loves it. The art work is captivating, the stories grab the kids attention.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Dunn TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Treasury of Egyptian Mythology is the second volume in National Geographic Kids mythology series, with the first being the Treasury of Greek Mythology. Mixing mythology with culture and history, you and your children will learn about gods and goddesses; pharaohs and queens; and actual history of the Egyptian dynasties. As someone who is only versed in Greek and Roman mythology, it was fascinating to learn the Egyptian origin story. Instead of Titans giving birth to the chief deity, like in Greek mythology, "The god Ra sprang to life with a word already in his mouth."

I have no favorite section in this book as all were fascinating in their own respect. The way the story was told illustrations were well done, and the insert boxes contained facts that made learning fun. Some examples of these facts include information about the process of mummification and how pyramids were built. I personally would have preferred more details on the facts. For example, there could have been a whole page teaching your child hieroglyphics.That complaint aside, this was a very informative book and would be perfect in the school or homeschool setting. I hope they continue this series and make one on Norse mythology yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Bradley on October 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I bought this at the school book fair last week and my daughter has already read it multiple times. The text is a perfect blend of fact and storytelling. My daughter reads on a "5th grade level" and says it's "mostly just right but a little challenging." The illustrations are absolutely stunning. My younger boys (7 and 5) really enjoy looking at the pictures and listening to my abbreviated versions of the text. I am ordering the Greek version for Christmas because this book is simply amazing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stella on November 8, 2013
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The book was for my granddaughter, but I read it first. Very informative and beautifully illustrated. I would advise anyone
to purchase this book. Well done, well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Dravyn on February 16, 2015
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I purchased this book as part of a study requested by my 3rd grader for homeschooling. We read this book together, and I'm glad we do, because I am learning right along with her. The way the book is written is really cool. It is written like a story, but yet broken into sections of the different Gods/Goddesses. It is fun to read the Egyptian Myths of creation, and also learn about each deity individually. Since this book was suggested when I was searching for Egyptian Mythology for kids, I assumed it would be written for kids to read themselves. However, the way it is written is a bit too advanced for a grade school-aged child to read on his/her own. There are some advanced concepts and language used that I often have to describe to my daughter. That aside, we both enjoy this book. It is a beautiful hard cover, with many pictures and descriptions. It is most definitely not a one-time read for us, either. We will continue to enjoy this book in future studies, as well.
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I got both Egyptian and Greek mythology for my 3 years old. She loved the Greek one a lot but was scared by the Egyptian. I loved both. After that I have bought many copies of both books for my friends kids. They are written very nicely even a child can understand. I was blown away by the illustrations. Love them. Great gifts.
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