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.
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 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.
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.
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!