Two events came together that prompted me to try and go back on a virtual trip to Egypt – I finished reading The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan, and Egypt was an August country for Around the World in 12 Dishes blog hop that I am hoping to join before the month is over. Sadly, both my husband and I decided that The Kane Chronicles are more intense than Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan and didn’t deliver these books to our daughter’s Kindle. Therefore Ms Smarty Pants had very little interest in all things Egyptian and was not too thrilled with our decision to bypass her favorite Museum of Natural History and visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art instead during our one day in New York City last week.
Despite her lack of enthusiasm in the museum, she really enjoyed the book that I picked up from the library hold on our return. How the Sphinx Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland is creatively written and illustrated and can be read by children of different ages. Younger kids will enjoy a cumulative story line, older readers will appreciate introduction to different trades related to art and archaeology as well as some new vocabulary. They will learn a tragic story of an artifact itself – the story that has a happy end. We highly recommend this book and will be looking for its companion – How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum.
Smarty wasn’t interested in being photographed next to the Sphinx. At that point she longed to get out of Egyptian section and find “real art”. It also doesn’t look good for my plans to spend more time “in Egypt” in August since we got next Top Secret package, and now Smarty can’t wait to go to Australia. Oh well, hopefully we will have more luck a few years down the road.
In the meantime I will share our best posts: from previous virtual trips to Egypt: