I found this beautiful Myths of the World book on 50% sale at our Barnes and Noble that is, sadly, closing its doors. Naturally, daughter, who is absolutely enchanted by myths, was begging to read it. The good news is that the book is gorgeously illustrated and split into chapters dedicated to different historical period and/or geographical region. The bad news is that each myth is dramatically shortened to fit on one page and some age-inappropriate details are highlighted in the stories. We are reading now (with me trying to edit the stories on the fly, which is difficult with daughter looking over my shoulder) through an Egyptian section, and I brought a couple more books home to shift her attention to more age-appropriate retellings.
Egyptian Myths by Kathy Elgin was a nice compilation of the most popular myths and correlated nicely with the myths from the first book. This book offered just the right level of detail and had several myths that we didn’t know before. It’s also nicely illustrated, and every story is about 10 minutes long. The book is marked as 7+, but younger children may enjoy too, especially if they are interested in either Egypt or mythology.
Since we were on the subject of Egyptian myths, I couldn’t resist bringing back Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs by Marcia Williams. We read her other books on Greek and Roman myths, but this one is definitely her best. The stories are presented in a unique and entertaining way, and the humor in story telling is excellent. The book extends from mythology to history and tells stories about kinds and queens Smarty heard about in Story of the World – Tuthmos, Hatsespa and, of course, Tutankhamun.