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History News: The Egyptian News: The Greatest Newspaper in Civilization Hardcover – April 7, 1997

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Grade 5 Up. Two new entries in the publisher's large-format, chatty series that cover early civilizations. They bring readers a wealth of information in colorful pictures, short articles, and witty "ads" that emphasize the social milieu of ancient Egypt and the world of the Aztecs. From the endpapers decorated with hieroglyphics (Egypt) and the Aztec calendar, to the parchment-colored pages bordered with appropriate symbols, the books exhibit designs and illustrations, costumes and colors based on archaeological findings from these cultures. Feature articles tell of major historical events under headlines reading "Empire at Risk" or "Boy-King Dies." Local news tells of "Maize and Beans Festival" or advertises "Scribes Needed." Special interest coverage brings "Girl talk" and articles on hunting, marriage, and medicine. Wit and humor abound in advertisements for amulets, mud-brick townhouses, and a news picture of an armored Spanish soldier "dressed to kill." Narrative history is lost in this postmodern approach to the past. The "eyewitness" accounts and tongue-in-cheek descriptions couched in modern newscopy and sales talk compress the centuries of these civilization into a single newspaper-style edition. But the books will attract browsers; they bring the varieties of human experience of the past to life; and the facts are there to be absorbed and enjoyed by students who love history as well as those who claim to hate it. Like today's newspapers, these titles offer something for everyone.?Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Scott Steedman is an editor, writer and publishing consultant, and an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. He co-edited Visions of British Columbia, winner of the 2010 City of Vancouver Book Award.

James Putnam has been a Visiting Scholar in Museum Studies at New York University and Curator of the Contemporary Arts and Cultures Program at the British Museum. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Series: History News
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First American Edition edition (April 7, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564028739
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564028730
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a delightful book. It has wonderful color illustrations on every page, and it's loaded with facts and information about the history of Ancient Egypt. It covers a 3000 yr. period, and contains a detailed, colored map of ancient Egypt, articles on pyramid building and the mystery surrounding the death of Tutankhamun, a list of the most important Egyptian gods and pharaohs, and charming colored "ads" for goods and services in use at that time. This informative book should appeal to kids, teenagers and adults alike, who want to learn more about the fascinating realm of ancient Egypt.
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My son loves these and I love that he enjoys learning through them! I was surprised at how much he learned in such a fun way! We bought all that we could and wish they sold other history lessons in this style. Fun!
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Format: Paperback
Just for kids?? Nah! The Egyptian News is for ALL us
kids of ALL ages. Hey, there's Tut on the cover with
Aye and Horemheb! This book is priceless, and a lot
of thought and research went into it. I found many
of the ADS hilarious...and fell out of my chair when
The Egyptian News taught me (actually based on real
research) how to solve my rat infestation problem.
Wonderful book; treat yourself!
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