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Ancient Egyptians and Their Neighbors: An Activity Guide Paperback – November 1, 1999
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Grade 4-8-The well-written text, adequate illustrations and reproductions, and manageable projects are reason enough to purchase this title. However, the truly unusual aspect of the book is that it includes the Mesopotamians, Nubians, and Hittites-generally not covered in books on Egypt. Broida provides a broad overview of the ancient Near East that allows readers to compare the different societies. Each chapter focuses on a different civilization and gives brief information on and activities related to its history, geography, architecture, clothing, writing, work, food, and religious beliefs. There are instructions for making models, costumes, and jewelry as well as recipes and writing and math activities. An outstanding time line that compares all four groups provides a visual understanding of the relationships and differences among the cultures. Finally, the far-reaching bibliography is excellent. It is rare to find this much information packed into a single volume.
Betsy Barnett, Eads School District, CO
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The ancient cultures and civilizations of the Egyptians, Nubians, Hittites, and Mesopotamians are vividly brought to life in this excellent resource book. The fascinating history of these peoples is presented in a lively text, interspersed with instructions for approximately 40 projects about the clothing, architecture, writing, food, and other cultural aspects of the times. Easily obtained materials such as pillowcases, clay, styrofoam, and paper-towel tubes are used, and instructions are presented for making such things as Hittite shoes, a Nubian tomb, Egyptian sailboats, a Mesopotamian queen's headdress, and an Assyrian feast. Other activities include doing math, Sumerian style; reading Egyptian hieroglphs; and playing games that illustrate travel of the times. The book will add excitement to ancient history units. Helen Rosenberg
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But over time, I came to appreciate the book more. We kept going back to it for some of the basic information in the text parts. And as we did some of the projects and compared it to other Egypt project books out there, we appreciated the versions in this book more. The recipes were easier, all the basic projects were covered (i.e. write in hieroglyhics, make a cartouche), and it was one of the only children's books out there who mention the Nubians and Hittites at all.
Definitely the Egyptian section is the best of the four. I am not sure I would buy it as my star resource for the other three cultures. But we're definitely glad we bought it since we like it more than "Old Testament Days," "Make It Work," "Pyramids!", and even Broida's other book "Ancient Israelites." Worth the 11$ to have it around.