Saturday, August 18, 2012

Since we are both out this week enjoying our “vacation for adults”, I don’t know what my child is reading this week, but I am very certain that she is reading a lot. Instead I will share the books that we read as supplements for Story of the World chapters on ancient Egypt. It might be helpful for parents using SOTW as their history curriculum.
Egyptian Mummy
My long-time readers know that my daughter is really afraid of mummies. This started with reading Mummies in the Morning too early and then visiting a great Egyptian Museum of San Jose, which proved to be too much for her at the time. I was glad to see that daughter is getting over this fear – she quite enjoyed You Wouldn’t Want to Be an Egyptian Mummy book and is very willing to discuss intimate details of mummification process with anyone who accidentally strays on this topic. By the way, I also learned a couple of new things from this book. Mummies as souvenirs? Ewww!
Seeker of Knowledge
Seeker of Knowledge by James Rumford was very popular here, because Smarty is generally intrigued by codes and secret languages. Before we read this book I asked her how she thinks we know what Egyptian writings say. Smarty thought that people in Egypt still read and write this language! She was very fascinated by the fact that Jean-Francois Champollion has progressed as far as he did, and so am I. In fact, I am thinking of reading a book for adults on this subject.
Ms Frizzle Ancient Egypt
We read Ms Frizzle’s Adventures: Ancient Egypt when Smarty  was about 4, and then the amount of text and detail was too much for her (mummies and burials didn’t help either). Now, at her almost 6, Smarty really enjoyed the story. Personally, I find the story line even less probable than usual Magic School Bus stories, but who cares if Mrs Frizzle gets to bring a whole group of adults with her into ancient Egypt. Nice combination of fact and fiction like in other books by Joanna Cole/Bruce Degen.
Gods and Pharaohs

I very highly recommend Tales of Gods and Pharaohs by Marcia Williams if you want to add even more comic and artistic flavor to your study. The book is created as a giant comic strip, but executed entirely in the style of ancient Egyptians. It retells ancient legends of Ra, Isis, Osiris and Horus as well as lives of some of the pharaohs. There is also a side story told by Rami. Who is Rami? Read the book to find out! I’d say age 5+ for length, but younger readers can enjoy one page or one story at the time. Simply brilliant!


maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I think it's so interesting how kids move from fear to fascination with topics like this!

I hope you have a wonderful vacation!!!

Jenny K said...

Great suggestions. I plan to use SOTW with my little guy when he is old enough. These sounds like great supplements!

Ticia said...

Ooooohhhhh, those last ones look fun.

If you like young adult fiction, Rick Riordan's new series uses Egyptian mythology as its basis. I'm loving it.

Ticia said...

No linky this week?

Momand Kiddo said...

This is one topic we haven't studied yet.

Sarah said...

Ancient Egypt is fascinating to my kids also. They love to see the mummies at the Museum of Fine Arts! I think they're a little creeped out but also interested.

Julie said...

I really need to check out Story of the World. I think C would especially love it. I was finally going to link up this week but don't see a linky. Hope you're having a great vacation!

Yelena said...

Thank you! We're going to start SOTW next week and I've bookmarked your list for when we get to Ancient Egypt.