For The Study Of
Welcome! This site has
been created to provide elementary students and educators with resources
for the study of Ancient Egypt. Ancient Egypt is a fascinating period
of our world's history and has captured the interest of many talented children's
book authors. From informational texts, to picture books, to chapter
books and even poetry, there exists a wide array of choices that will enhance
any classroom's basic curriculum experience.
Eyewitness Books' Ancient Egypt continues the tradition
of excellent, accurate, and beautiful reference works for kids 9 to 12 years
old. Ancient Egyptian civilization holds a special fascination for
many, with its mummies, pyramids, and highly stylized artworks. Kid's
can explore a Pharaohs tomb, see a mummy up close, and find out about
Egyptian Gods. Lots of archaeological relics show what life was like
for the Ancient Egyptians, from how they dressed to the games they played.
(Book Description: Amazon.com)
Hart, George. Eyewitness: Ancient
Egypt. Alexandria,VA: DK Publishing, 2000.
I Wonder Why Pyramids
Were Built & Other Questions About Ancient
Steele, Philip. I Wonder
Why Pyramids Were Built and Other Questions About Ancient Egypt. New
York: Kingfisher Books, 1995.
young students alike will enjoy these lively question and answer books
with their unique mix of realistic illustration and engaging cartoons.
The enticing questions will amaze, amuse, and inspire, while the
highly visual format encourages kids to keep reading. (Book Description:
in Ancient Egypt
Bailey, Linda. Adventures in Ancient Egypt. Toronto:
Kids Can Press, 2000. Illustrated by Bill Slavin.
Josh and Emma, and
little sister Libby stumble into a peculiar travel agency. The strange
owner encourages the children to peruse his dusty, old travel guides,
and no sooner does Josh open a book about ancient Egypt than the three
children are transported back in time. It's 2500 B.C., and they've
read every word of the book. A variety of adventures ensues, including
encounters with crocodiles, tomb robbers, and angry soldiers. Bailey
delivers not only a fast-pased story but also a fun way to convey information
about Egyptian lifestyles, religion, and schools, and, of course, the pyramids
and mummies. (Book Description: Amazon.com)
Am the Mummy Heb-Nefert
Eve. I Am the Mummy Heb-Nefert. San Diego, CA: Harcourt,
1997. Illustrated by Christina David.
A picture book that is both lyrical and melancholy,
a female mummy remembers the days when she danced for the pharaoh's brother
and became his wife. (From Booklist: Amazon.com)
Egypt: Ms. Frizzle's Adventures
Joanna. Ancient Egypt: Ms. Frizzle's Adventures. New
York: Scholastic Trade, 2001. Illustrated
by Bruce Degen.
On the first
day of school vacation, the inimitable, redheaded Ms. Frizzle joins a tour
group bound for Egypt. When the plane trip gets too monotonous, Ms.
Frizzle invites the group to jump ship with her. Somehow, tour guide
Herb ends up in contemporary Cairo, while everyone else lands in ancient
Egypt! Here's where Ms. Frizzle's teaching skills come in handy.
By the end of the vacation, members of the tour group--the readers--have
learned more about mummies, pyramids, Re the sun god, and ancient Egyptian's
teeth then they ever imagined. (Book Description: Amazon.com)
Logan, Claudia. The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle. New
York: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2002. Illustrated by
King Tut's tomb was discovered in Egypt in 1922, the world was abuzz. What
would be the next big, newsworthy archaeological find? Might it
be Giza 7000X, a secret Egyptian tomb buried deep within the earth? Claudia
Logan and Melissa Sweet (with the cooperation of The Museum of Fine Arts
in Boston) answer that question and ask a few more in The 5,000-Year-Old
Puzzle, their truly splendid picture book for older readers. Readers follow
a fictional family to Egypt in 1924 to an actual expedition led by Dr. George
Reisner. Written in diary form from the perspective of young Will Hunt,
who joins the expedition, the book is immediate and engaging, communicating
the mystery and excitement of an archaeological dig like nothing we've seen.
Macaulay, David. Pyramid. New York: Houghton
Mifflin Co., 1982. Illustrated by David Macaulay.
When children catch their
first glimpse of a pyramid, a sea of questions inevitably tumbles forth.
"Why are they shaped like that?" "How were they made?" "Who made them?"
"What were they used for?" Perplexed adults can sigh with relief now that
David Macaulay has found a way to thoroughly answer all those deserving
questions. His exquisitely crosshatched pen-and-ink illustrations frame
the engaging fictional story of an ancient pharaoh who commissions a pyramid
to be built for him. (Book Description: Amazon.com)
Sabuda, Robert. Tutankhamen's Gift. New York:
Scott Foresman, 1994. Illustrated by Robert Sabuda.
this fictionalized account of the boyhood of Tutankhamen makes an interesting
subject for a picture book. Sabuda portrays Tutankhamen as a small, frail
boy whose greatest delight is watching the Egyptian artisans and craftspeople
build temples to the gods. When the pharaoh dies, Tut's brother, Amenhotep
IV, becomes the unadmired ruler who banishes the old gods in favor of one
single god. When Amenhotep dies under mysterious circumstances, Tutankhamen
becomes pharaoh. (From Booklist: Amazon.com)
Mummy: Lost...and Found
Donnelly, Judy. Tut's Mummy: Lost...and Found.
New York: Random House, 1988. Illustrated by James Watling.
Illus. in full color with
black-and-white & full-color photos. "Beginning with the death of Tutankhamen,
the book moves forward to archaeologist Howard Carter's discovery of the
tomb. Information about ancient Egyptian life is interspersed in a clear,
smooth fashion throughout. A good way to get readers into non-fiction." (From
Daughter of the Nile, Egypt, 57 B.C.
Gregory, Kristiana. Cleopatra
VII: Daughter of the Nile, Egypt, 57 B.C. (The Royal Diaries). New
York:Scholastic Trade, 1999.
The year is 57 B.C., and 12-year-old Cleopatra,
Princess of the Nile, has a lot on her mind. Her father, the Pharaoh of Egypt,
nearly died when a venomous adder meant for him attacked and killed his
favorite servant. Now the Pharaoh has gone into hiding, hunted by his enemies,
and the young princess has to keep her head--literally--as her power-hungry
older sister Tryphaena threatens to grab her father's throne. (Editorial
Lester, Julius. Pharaoh's Daughter: A Novel of Ancient Egypt.
San Diego,CA: Harper Trophy, 2002.
Raised as the pampered grandson
of Pharaoh, Moses enjoys the attentions of three mother figures: Yocheved,
his birth mother, who constantly implores him to return to his own people;
Almah, his older sister, who has left her traditions to dance naked as a priestess
of the goddess Hathor; and Batya, Pharoah's daughter, who saved him from
death when he was a baby. But now his anger at his unresolved split identity
has goaded him into a terrible act of violence--an act that will have a vast
impact on history. (Editorial Review: Amazon.com)
McGraw, Eloise Jarvis. The Golden Goblet. New
York: Puffin, 1990.
Ranofer struggles to thwart
the plottings of his evil uncle, Gebu, so he can become master goldsmith like
their father in this exciting tale of ancient Egyptian mystery and intrigue.
Newbery Honor Book. (Ingram: Amazon.com)
of the Nile
McGraw, Eloise Jarvis. Mara, Daughter of the Nile.
New York: Viking Press, 1990.
This books will bring Egypt and its culture to life
as the reader follow's the compelling journey of Mara, a slave girl turned
spy, on her journey to self-discovery. (Editorial Review: Amazon.com)
A Place in
Jill. A Place in the Sun. New York: Puffin, 1998.
When his sculptor father
is bitten by a cobra, Senmut carves a statue of Sekhmet, hoping to appease
this goddess of illness and healing. Ironically, in his haste he accidentally
kills a dove, a capital offense in thirteenth-century-B.C. Egypt, the setting
of this fast-paced historical novel. Although the boy's life is spared,
he is exiled to toil in the gold mines of Nubia, a life that is literally
worse than death. His inherited artistic talent and--perhaps--divine intervention
provide a surprising but plausible ending. (Editorial Review: Amazon.com)
His Majesty, Herself
Andronik, Catherine M. Hatshepsut,
His Majesty, Herself. New York: Atheneum, 2001. Illustrated
by Joseph Daniel Fiedler.
Andronik pieces together a thoughtful biography of "ancient
Egypt's only successful female king," who ruled in the 1400s B.C. The heavy
amount of text and sophisticated discussion of lineage and royal customs
make this picture book best suited to older readers. After the death of her
father, Tuthmosis I, a powerful pharaoh, 12-year-old Hatshepsut married her
only surviving sibling, half-brother Tuthmosis II, who died within several
years. Hatshepsut then became the acting ruler of Egypt, allegedly until
Tuthmosis's son reached an age to assume this role. Yet she soon thereafter
crowns herself pharaoh. (Publishers Weekly: Amazon.com)
Stanley, Diane. Cleopatra. New
York: William Morrow & Company, 1994. Illustrated by Diane Stanley.
Using their distinctive picture book biography
format made popular in their volumes on Shaka, Shakespeare, and Dickens,
Stanley and Vennema present the life of a legend, Cleopatra. The artwork
includes full-page paintings of dramatic scenes as well as impressive painted
mosaics that make up the jacket art, title page, and the background for the
text. The story concerns Cleopatra's life from the age of 18, when she became
the queen of Egypt (51 B.C.), through her liaisons with Julius Caesar and
Mark Antony, and her struggle to bring back Egypt's former glory, to her
death at the age of 39. (Booklist: Amazon.com)
Shipwrecked Sailor: An Egyptian Tale of Hieroglyphs
Bower, Tamara. The Shipwrecked Sailor: An Egyptian
Tale of Hieroglyphs. New York: Atheneum, 2000. Illustrated
by Tamara Bower.
picture book for older children, based on a four-thousand-year-old papyrus
scroll now in Moscow's Hermitage Museum, tells of a sailor, the sole survivor
of a shipwreck, who finds himself on an island paradise, the Island of the
Soul. A huge serpent, with scales of gold and lapis, finds the man and assures
him he will soon be rescued. When the prediction comes to pass, the serpent
gives the man "precious things" to take back with him, asking only that the
sailor speak well of him. (Booklist: Amazon.com)
Winged Cat: A Tale of Ancient Egypt
Lattimore, Deborah Nourse. The
Winged Cat: A Tale of Ancient Egypt. New York: Harper Trophy,
1995. Illustrated by Deborah Lattimore.
Merit, temple servant, has seen Waha, Pharaoh's
High Priest, drown a sacred cat. When Waha denies his crime, Pharaoh sends
him and Merit to the Netherworld, where their hearts will be weighed against
the feather of Truth. The dead cat's spirit guides Merit, assuring her safety
if she can read the signs that open the Netherworld's 12 gates. (Kirkus
of the Nile: An Ancient Egyptian Legend
Mike, Jan M. Gift of the Nile: An Ancient Egyptian
Legend. Mahwah,NJ: Troll Association, 1992. Illustrated
by Charles Reasoner.
In ancient Egypt, Mutemwia the slave girl
befriends Pharaoh and becomes his trusted counsel. But she is unhappy because
she is not free. Will Pharaoh grant this gift to his friend? The Legends
of the World opens readers' minds to the diverse cultures of Native America,
Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the Americas through enchanting
tales passed down through countless generations. Each book in the series
features geographical, historical, and cultural information. Illustrated
in full color. (Editorial Review: Amazon.com)
Poetry and Prose
Erman, Adolf. Egyptian Poetry and Prose. Toronto:
Dover Publications, 1995.
This book contains hymns, narratives, instructions,
poems, love songs, etc from different periods of ancient Egypt. This book
also contains many stories that can be found in Miriam Lichtheim three volume
series on Egyptian literature. Each story is proceeded by a brief
commentary, and is followed by the text. (Editorial Review: Amazon.com)
Waterman, Margareta. Egyptian Night. Boston: Nine
Muses Books, 1991. Illustrated by Adele Armstrong.
We sat in magic Seattle, drinking wine, watching the
seasons change,painting, writing poems. It was a happy time. These poems
were originally performed at red sky poetry theatre in seattle, and later
in many venues throughout the united states and in parts of canada. (Editorial
A great children's site
with brief information on Ancient Egyptian history, ways of life, mummies,
pyramids, pharaohs, Gods, hieroglyphics and much more.
The Oriental Institute of Chicago
provides this page with hundreds of links to quality sites regarding Ancient
Egypt and its neighbors in the Ancient Near East for both students and teachers
Guardian's Ancient Egypt
discover the many fascinating Egypt kids features throughout the Internet.
This section of Guardian's Egypt is dedicated to Kids! Most kids love Egypt
and enjoy learning about ancient Egyptian life and culture. From pyramids
to mummies, hieroglyphs to pharaohs, Egypt has always fascinated kids. Here
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