Reviews for Ancient Egypt : Beyond the Pyramids

Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 March/April
Each book covers an ancient civilization that is often included in the upper elementary or middle school social studies curriculum. Pages are highlighted with drawings and photographs of artifacts as well as maps illustrating the extent of each civilization. An occasional fact box is added. The weakest chapters are those that name assorted emperors and rulers in textbook fashion with little interesting information. The strongest chapters cover major achievements and lasting influence of the civilization. Also successfully presented is information about the early beginnings of each civilization. The books are useful to the third grader who wants to read about an ancient civilization, to the struggling eighth grade reader doing research. Bibliography. Glossary. Timeline. Websites. Index. Marion B. Mueller, Library Media Consultant, Rawhide Starr Academy, New London, Wisconsin [Editor's Note: Also available in paperback.] RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 April

Gr 3-5--Four sequential chapters outlining the history of each civilization are introduced by a "you-are-there" anecdote: a chariot race at the Olympic Games, the opening of King Tut's tomb, a caravan traveling the Silk Road. Short sections, informative captions, fact boxes, and highlighted definitions offer readers a variety of access points. Illustrations are from a variety of sources and eras, and photographs of objects and sites give readers an idea of what has endured from each ancient culture.--Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD

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