DK Eyewitness: Ancient Egypt

DK Eyewitness: Ancient Egypt

DK Eyewitness Series
by George Hart
Publisher: DK Publishing
Trade Paperback, 63 pages
Price: $9.99

Historical Setting: Ancient Egypt

DK Eyewitness: Ancient Egypt continues the tradition of excellent, accurate, and beautiful reference works for kids 9 to 12 years old. Ancient Egyptian civilization holds a special fascination for many, with its mummies, pyramids, and highly stylized artworks. Kids can explore a Pharaoh's tomb, see a mummy up close, and find out about Egyptian gods. Lots of archaeological relics show what life was like for the ancient Egyptians, from how they dressed to the games they played.

This book offers a detailed look at life in Egypt—from the Pharaoh and his courtiers, through the mystical rites of the priests, to the world of the workers in the fields. Featuring stunning items from the tomb of Tutankhamun and jewelry from the royal palaces, Eyewitness Ancient Egypt shows how Egyptian nobles lived. Find out how they prepared for the afterlife and what food, clothes, weapons, and even toys ordinary people enjoyed. Each two-page spread treats one particular aspect of the civilization, such as architecture, religion, agriculture, or recreational activities. All items pictured are identified with brief captions and clear definitions. Most are of excavated artifacts, but when these would not suffice to demonstrate visually some aspect of the culture, drawings or modern reconstructions are used. However, it's unfortunate that there are no timelines to help readers grasp the historical period. Similar books have been produced before, but seldom with the kind of stunning visuals provided here. Browsing through these books is second only to seeing the articles attractively displayed in a museum.

See:

the mummies of priests and kings • fruit that is more than 3,000 years old • the treasures of the pharaohs • the weapons of an Egyptian soldier

Learn:

why even cats and dogs were mummified • why the pharaohs were buried with boats and statues • why brave Egyptian soldiers had medals in the shape of flies • how the doctors of Egypt healed the sick

Discover:

what was inside the Great Pyramid at Giza • how Tutankhamun's tomb was found • what games Egyptian children played • what went on in the temples of Ancient Egypt • how hieroglyphics were deciphered

and much, much more!

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