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Stories from Ancient Egypt: Egyptian Myths and Legends for Children [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Joyce A. Tyldesley , Julian Heath
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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5 Sep 2005
Some of the most interesting and entertaining myths and legends from Ancient Egypt are given a lively re-telling by Joyce Tyldesley. These include stories about the gods, such as ‘The Creation of the World’, ‘Hathor and the Red Beer’, and the myths about Osiris, Isis and Horus. Fairy stories and incredible adventures are represented by ‘The Story of the Shipwrecked Sailor’, ‘The Adventures of Sinuhe’ and ‘The Prince, the Dog, the Snake and the Crocodile’, while good and bad behaviour are to be found in ‘Three Magical Stories’ and ‘The Story of Truth and Falsehood’. King Ramesses II himself tells us about ‘The Battle of Kadesh’.

The book is illustrated with imaginative and amusing line-drawings by Julian Heath, and each of the stories has a question and answer section for budding young Egyptologists.

STORIES FROM ANCIENT EGYPT is aimed at children between the ages of 7-11, but this book is an entertaining and informative introduction to the literature of Ancient Egypt for all ages.

Joyce Tyldesley and Julian Heath both teach in the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at Liverpool University.

Product details

  • Paperback: 107 pages
  • Publisher: Rutherford Press Limited (5 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954762215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954762216
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 15.1 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starter for Primary age children 5 April 2007
I am a teacher who has long been looking for a simplified version of the Egyptian myths. This book fits the bill exactly! I loved the questions and extra info at the end of each story and the answers at the back!! This is a great book for me to use with the children or for Key Stage 2 children to read by themselves. Little touches, such as the hieroglyphic name plate and the animated scribe, make it very child-friendly. Truly excellent value for money!!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful stories 12 July 2009
Very difficult to find Ancient Egytian stories so this book was a real find. Used it with a Year 3 class. They loved the stories, particularly Osiris and Isis. Great if studying Ancient Egypt.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A,B,C of Egyptian Myths 10 Jan 2006
By Mr. M. A. Bowles VINE VOICE
I bought this book to introduce my children to some of the Egyptian Myths and put a few ghosts to bed. Unfortunately, some of the characters such as Osiris, Seth and Isis appear to have been hijacked by various computer games, trading cards and cartoon characters and the original ethos lost. The book is interactive and allows the younger Egyptologist to take on ownership by writing their name in Hieroglyphs within a Cartouche. This then leads the reader into a map of the ancient world where the Egyptian Empire was powerful and larger than most people realise. Joyce has done an excellent job of targeting the younger audience by selecting stories of interest, using words with kid-appeal and tailoring the tales to a manageable length. To reinforce the legends Joyce has provided questions and answers at the end of each story and this helps adults using the book for bed time story telling! The author has also selected to tell the story of the battle of Kadesh that is based on historical fact. Ramess II fought the Hittite army there and then appears to have put his spin doctors to work in providing a version of the battle for public consumption-no change there then!
Each epic has supporting illustrations by Julian Heath that helps to emphasise key points and introduce young minds to the 2-dimensional representations of a complex Egyptian World! There is an added bonus that the corners of the book have a scribe and a mummy that write and walk when the pages are flicked- a main talking point for children! I would recommend this book for any younger readers interested in Egyptology especially if they want to better understand the creation myth and the gods associated with it. Joyce has done her homework well in providing children with a book that can kick-start them into a fascinating world where Gods and Men shared the same land.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Handy! 30 Jan 2011
By Cwebber
I teach year three and this book was really handy for the Egyptian topic, the stories are summarised well and not too wordy so the children understand too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely 20 May 2010
as a teacher thought this was a lovely book. the children heard interesting stories and was great to work with drama to enhance their comprehension.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Entertaining read... 10 Feb 2010
By Spin
I bought this book for my son , who was writing a project on Ancient Egypt for his homework, and found myself reading it cover to cover. This is an excellent, simplified account of the myths and battle accounts of the egyptians. It is written clearly and without any complex concepts, yet manages to put across the meaning of the tales. My son was fascinated by the story about the lives of two brothers named Truth and Falsehood. I highly recommend this book for children aged 9-12.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and informative, kids will love this! 25 May 2013
This is the kind of book I wish I'd had as a child! Charmingly illustrated, with simply retellings of Egyptian myths, parents would also benefit from reading this with their children. It has questions for each story, making it ideal for classroom discussions too. The 'write-your-own cartouche' at the beginning is just the thing to draw children into the book, not that they would need much persuasion!

Reviewed in exchange for a preview Kindle copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 23 Oct 2011
My son finds reading very difficult, and books that a 9 year old would like to read are usually way beyond him. He has to read very simple books, that just demotivates him further. He loves Egypt and this book has totally inspired him. He wants to read it, he enjoys it and it is helping him improve. A wonderful book that gives access to the myths of Egypt to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 22 days ago by deborah Tester
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good for the kids
Published 28 days ago by davillia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection of stories
My class loved these stories. We used the story of Sinuhe as a story with a historical setting for lots of class work. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scottish Girl
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful resource
Good book for upper end primary, not any great pictures to show but you could find pics on the net to make a PowerPoint.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs F Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
My 7 year old really enjoys this book - easy to read and you can dip in and out of it.
Published 5 months ago by Kathie
5.0 out of 5 stars love this
I read these stories to year 3 children during a project on Egypt. A wonderful 'must have' collection of Myths and Legends.
Published 8 months ago by Lucia N
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories
Fab classroom resource when doing ancient Egypt. Stories worked well with Year3/4 but would be good up to about 14 years old.
Published 9 months ago by ghislaine lakinhall
5.0 out of 5 stars Good service Excellent book Would recommend
Book as described and met expectations.Prompt service Would recommend. Well satisfied.There is nothing further I wish to add to this
Published 11 months ago by Dr J K Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for kids
I've been looking for books about antiquity for my 7-year old. I tried quite a lot of stuff before coming across this in a museum shop. Just the thing - it really gets him engaged. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mark Twain
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories!
Used this book in class for a unit on historical setting. The children loved all the gods and goddesses and the gore. There is also a twist of humour in there as well.
Published 15 months ago by Laura
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