Ancient Egypt Book List

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Ancient Egypt

The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw is a historical fiction novel about an Egyptian boy named Ranofer who tries to reveal an evil crime and reshape his life. Ranofer lives his life in fear of his half-brother Gebu, who beats him and forces him to work as a porter, the lowest rank in the goldsmith, even though Ranofer has skill in goldsmithing that he learned from his father. When Ranofer finds a rare golden goblet in Gebu's room, he is determined to right Gebu's wrongs and change his own life for the better. A 1962 Newbery Honor Book. Recommended for ages 8 years and older.

Twelve-year-old Tirzah and her family are slaves in Egypt. Pharaoh forces them to make mud bricks without straw, so Tirzah cuts grass for her father and older brother to use. The police crack their cruel whips to make them work harder.

If only Tirzah's people could escape. If Moses could persuade Pharaoh to let them go. Sureley Yahweh, the Lord God, will hear their prayers to leave Egpyt for a better life somewhere else, they hope. Recommended for ages 8 to 12.

Set during the time of the plagues, A Cry from Egypt focuses on the lives of a Hebrew slave, Jarah, and her family. Her work was exhausting and her family split between the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and the Egyptian gods. When a possible marriage enters the picture, Jarah's life becomes even more complicated . . .and she needs even more help from God. 194 pages, softcover.

Re-told by Robin Hood author Roger Lancelyn Green (1918-1987), these stories include the great myths of Amen-Ra, Isis and Osiris; of the Bennu Bird; the Book of Thoth; and others. Following story-telling patterns and myths that still exist today, there are also tales about magic, treasure and adventure - even the first Cinderella story! 214 pages, softcover. Ages 8-12.

"Beginning with the death of Tutankhamen, the book moves forward to archaeologist Howard Carter's discovery of the tomb. Information about ancient Egyptian life is interspersed in a clear, smooth fashion throughout. A good way to get readers into non-fiction,"---Booklist. Grades 2-3.

Matt and Bibi's archaeologist parents are taking them to Egypt to find a mummy hidden within the depths of a pyramid...but when the kids are trapped inside, they'll have to figure out how to find their way out! Thankfully, the tomb builders left instructions: "There are many faces inside this pyramid that can guide you."

Kids will love discovering the path out of the pyramid alongside Matt and Bibi as they look at the number of faces on a number of geometric solids. Though their archaeologist-parents won't be pleased they've moved artifacts out of context, they will be pleased to see their children again safe and sound!

Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are typical 9 year olds, curious, adventurous, and clever!  In The Missing Mummy, the M installment of the popular A to Z Mysteries series, it’s Mummy Monday at the museum, and the kids get to see a child mummy in an actual tomb. But then someone robs the tomb and steals the mummy. Can the three friends unravel the mystery? Your young readers will enjoy A to Z Mysteries, one of the best easy readers series around! 96 pages, softcover. Ages 6 to 9.

This unique picture book presents ancient Egypt through the various occupations of the time. A double-page spread features a full-page illustration on the left, and a first-person poem on the right; children will learn about the roles of farmers, scribes, embalmers, dancers, weavers, and others. 32 pages, softcover.

Mara is a proud and beautiful slave girl who yearns for freedom in ancient Egypt, under the rule of Queen Hatshepsut. In a bid to be free, Mara uses her ability to read and write and speak the Babylonian language to play the dangerous role of double spy for two arch enemies, each of whom supports a contender for the throne of Egypt.  When she finds herself falling in love with one of her masters, the noble Sheftu, she starts to believe in his plans of restoring Thutmose III to the throne. But just when Mara is ready to offer Sheftu her help and her heart, her duplicity is discovered, and a battle ensues in which both Mara’s life and the fate of Egypt are at stake. This compelling story of adventure, romance, and intrigue, set in ancient Egypt, was written by the three-time Newbery Honor and Edgar Award winning author Eloise Jarvis McGraw. 288 pages, softcover. Ages 13 and up.

Popular children’s author Aliki makes ancient Egypt accessible to your young ones! With of full color, age-appropriate illustrations, Aliki describes and illustrates the techniques and the reasons for the use of mummification in ancient Egypt. Youngsters will learn helpful vocabulary about the process as well as why mummification was necessary to the Egyptian culture, and a little about the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt. 32 pages, softcover. Ages 4 to 8.

Discover the Kings of the Nile through historical information and archaeology, in this bestselling historical series for kids. Ruling over complex cities, palaces, and monuments for over 3,000 years, the Pharaohs' left behind impressiveruins of tombs, writing, and traces of the glorious civilization they once ruled. 180 indexed pages, softcover.

Learn about the lives of Ancient Egyptians in G.A. Henty's The Cat of the Bustabees . Amuba, a prince, and his charioteer Jethro, are brought into slavery after losing a battle with the Egyptians. They do well as servants until the priest's son accidentally kills the sacred cat of Bubastes. To escape the angry locals, Jethro and Amuba escape with the high priest's son and daughter. 11 hours, 34 minutes on MP3 Audio CD.

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    The Christian Heroes: Then & Now series chronicles the true stories of ordinary men and women whose trust in God accomplished extraordinary deeds for his kingdom and glory.

    When Lillian Trasher founded Egypt's first orphanage, others though that a lone American woman with no means of support would surely be killed or starve to death. But Lillian-certain of God's guidance-stood by earlier promise to Him, "If ever I can do anything for You, just let me know-and I'll do it."

    For ages 10 and up.

    Egypt still captures our imagination. The pharaohs, the mummies, the pyramids - such are the subjects of much mystery and imagination, and some have direct correlation to biblical events. Abraham, Joseph, Moses and Jesus each spent part of their lives in Egypt. But how do the biblical accounts line up with historical and archaeological evidence for this empire?
    By taking great pains in reconstructing the history and chronology of the entire sweep of Egyptian dynastic history John Ashton and David Down restore the timeline to its original place as a support for biblical history. Illustrated throughout with beautiful full-color photographs of artifacts, structures and art (along with a reproduction of the black and white photos from Zakaria Goneim's discoveries of the "Lost Pyramid" in the 1950's), Unwrapping the Pharaohs presents a wealth of information for anyone interested in these issues.

    This book brings geometry to life with Euclid explaining the principles of Geometry to his friends. Full of fun, explanation and even jokes, this is the perfect introduction to a sometimes tricky subject.

    Euclid was a brilliant man who lived 2300 years ago in Alexandria, in northern Egypt. He devised a method of learning Geometry starting from the simplest idea - an Axiom - something we can all agree is self-evident. Euclid built argument upon argument, creating a brilliantly simple system for learning Geometry which he wrote down in his book - Euclid's Elements - which was still in everyday use in schools well into the 20th century.

    Grades 4-6. 54 pages, softcover.

    Dive in and discover Ancient Egyptian Mythology with Treasury of Egyptian Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters & Mortals. Featuring illustrations throughout, this book offers insight into the Gods and Goddesses of the ancient Egyptians, like Ra, Set, Inpu, and more with sections devoted to each giving children retold versions of their classic stories. Includes other important information to the time, like funerals and burial, plus a bibliography and an index.

    The Egypt Game (Reprint), by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, tells the story of two girls, Melanie and April, that didn't seem to have much in common when they met, that is until they learn that they both have a love for all things related to Ancient Egypt. The girls determine that a deserted storage yard is the perfect location for the Egypt Game. Before you know it there are six Egyptians, and they meet to wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on their secret code. What seems to be a game, suddenly is questioned as strange things start happening. Has the Egypt Game gone too far? Paperback, 215 pages. Ages 9 to 12 years old

    Pyramid is David Macauley's third book, it is an impressive look at what many considered to be among the most awesome of man's creations. Although the pyramids, temples amd tombs in this book are imaginery, they are, however, based closely on several of the pyramids and remnants of temples still standing in Egypt. Even though pyramids failed to protect their burial chambers from robbers they succeeded in making their creators immortal. They stand as a tribute to those who skillfully erected them, leaving behind them, something that would last forever. Recommended for ages 9 and up.

      Ancient Africa

      This multiple award-winning retelling of Cinderella introduces children to the history, culture, and geography of the African nation of Zimbabwe.  Inspired by a traditional African folktale, this is the story of Mufaro, a father who is proud of his two beautiful daughters. Nyasha is kind and considerate, but everyone except Mufaro knows that Manyara is selfish and bad-tempered. When the Great King decides to take a wife, he invites the most worthy and beautiful daughters in the land to appear before him, Mufaro brings both of his daughters, but only one can be queen. Who will the king choose? Winner of the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, as well as numerous other accolades.  32 pages, softcover. Ages 3 and up.

      All the young men had gathered in the village courtyard to hear the Chief's pronouncement: Whoever guesses his daughter's name will have her hand in marriage, inherit half his riches, and become the next Chief. No one outside the palace had ever heard the royal daughter's name, but in a stroke of luck Ananse discovers what it is. "Chief Ananse," the spider says gleefully to himself. He likes the way that sounds. Lizard, however, may have plans of his own. But can Lizard out-trick a trickster as tricky as Ananse? Pat Cummings's lively retelling and vibrantly colored illustrations capture all the mischief and humor of Ananse, one of the most popular characters of West African lore.

      Rhyme and repetition make this tale a favorite with young ones. Based on a Kenyan folk tale, this brightly illustrated picture book tells the story of how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. .Ki-pat is an ordinary herdsman who sees his herd of cows as well as the wild animals suffering, so he shoots an arrow into a rain cloud. His action brings the rain, green grass, and comfort in this cumulative poem based on the rhythm of “The House that Jack Built.” 32 pages, softcover. Ages 5 to 8.

      If you ever visit the savannah of west Africa and see a tree that looks like it is turned upside down exposing its root system instead of limbs, you have just encountered the unusual Baobab tree of Africa. This full color picture book recounts the African legend of the origin of the Baobab tree, which has been passed down from one generation to the next in the traditional way, by telling and retelling the legend around nightly cooking fires. Now, you can read it for yourself in this delightful story that both children and adults will enjoy. 24 pages, softcover. Ages 6 and up.

        Hamid rubbed the light from his eyes and looked again. He was not dreaming. It was his stepfather! The man watched Kinza as a snake might watch a baby rabbit at play, waiting for the moment to strike. And for one breathless moment Hamid was sure that he would reach out and snatch her away.Hamid does not want his little blind sister, Kinza, to be sold to a beggar, by their stepfather, so he decides to rescue her. Together they escape from their mountain village to a town where there may be a new home for Kinza. But this is only the start of their adventures. Will Kinza be safe? What will happen to Hamid who dares not go back home?Set in North Africa, readers will be delighted by yet another of Patricia St. John's exciting, freshly edited, novels. Recommended for ages 10 to 12.

        Outside of the people in the Bible, Augustine of Hippo is one of the most influential people in church history. Yet how many people know his story? In this book, Simonetta Carr introduces young readers to the life and ministry of Augustine. Readers will come to know Augustine's personal struggles and the high value he came to place on the Bible and truth. Readers will also see the difficult days in which Augustine lived, learning about his disputes with false teachers and the turbulent times during the fall of the Roman Empire. This volume is vividly illustrated, simply written, and full of interesting facts. It is written for young readers, but is sure to capture the interests of the whole family.

        The "Christian Biographies for Young Readers" series introduces children to important people in the Christian tradition. Parents and school teachers alike will welcome the excellent educational value it provides for students, while the quality of the publication and the artwork make each volume a keepsake for generations to come. Furthermore, the books in the series go beyond the simple story of someone's life by teaching young readers the historical and theological relevance of each character.

        Ages 8-12 / Grades 3-7. 64 pages, hardcover.

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