- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 and up
- Series: Puffin Classics
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Puffin; Reissue edition (August 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140367160
- ISBN-13: 978-0140367164
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tales of Ancient Egypt (Puffin Classics) Paperback – August 1, 1996
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One of the fun things to look for while reading this book is similarities in these stories to ones with which we are more familiar. I found similarities to Biblical stories, a unique take on the kidnapping of Helen by Paris, and my daughter found Ali Baba in one of the stories.
This book will also shine some light on the very complicated Egyptian religion as well as what they considered to be a virtue or a vice. For example, they often praise cunning--a virtue praised again and again within these stories. Have you children see what they can summarize about Egyptian priorities from these stories.
Summary: Highly recommended home school book for pre-teens and teens which will add depth to their study of this ancient civilization. A Landmark Books classic.
All that I can review, therefore, are the stories themselves, which is rather awkward. It's a bit like reviewing the Bible - where do you start to "critique" stories that were written thousands of years ago and which were handed down both orally and in written form for many generations? The stories are what they are. We read them not solely for the enjoyment (or lack thereof) that the stories may offer, but to understand the history and culture of our long-ago ancestors who shaped the beginnings of our civilization.
The first third of the book deals with stories of the gods, beginning with Amen-Ra, the father of all gods and his creation of the world, moving through more familiar gods such as Isis, Osiris and Horus to lesser known gods such as Khnemu and Queen Hatshepsut. These I found the least engaging of the stories as they are more like brief bios of the gods, listing their notable achievements as it were. There's not a lot of narrative development or plot building.
The latter two sections - tales of magic and tales of adventure - are more like stories as we know them - more dynamic characters interacting and intriguing against each other in ways that creates interesting, suspenseful plots which engage the reader. The stories of magic can be hard for Western readers to appreciate, as the Egyptians accepted magic as a given, much like we accept science. The concept of a "Ka" or double, for instance, is quite alien to Western readers, nor do we tend to fully comprehend the elaborate rituals and knowledge surrounding their treatment and experience of death.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Our sixth grader loved this book. His class made up skits for each chapter. Great literature and perfect for classical education.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is truly great at telling stories of ancient Egyptian myth. The way the stories are written would even make a good bedtime story book for children.Published on August 19, 2013 by Heidi Arvin
I bought this book for my daughters as it was required reading for them but I had no idea how interesting it would be when I accidentally started reading it. A gem!Published on January 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
When/how did Ra become Amen-Ra?
How does it feel to travel through the Duat?
Why did the human Pharaohs marry their sisters?
The answers are in here. Read more
Only thing I would caution future buyers about is that if you're buying this to share with younger age kids, the book lacks illustrations. Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by myself