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World History Biographies: Hatshepsut: The Girl Who Became a Great Pharaoh (National Geographic World History Biographies) Paperback – 11 Sep 2007

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society; Reprint edition (11 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426301332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426301339
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 0.6 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,059,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I did not realize this is a children's book, and so bought it for an adult. But it was on her gift list, so I guess we may share the blame on this. It was not that well-received in the end. Just understand what you are getting.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Attractive, somewhat shallow book 6 Aug. 2006
By Elizabeth A. Root - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As one might expect for a book published by National Geographic, this has LOTS of gorgeous pictures. It begins with general descriptions of Egyptian life, especially at court, to fill in what Hatshepsut's early life was probably like, then progresses to Hatshepsut as Queen and Pharaoh, and the failed attempts to erase her memory.

For the most part, it is very clearly and carefully written. I found the presentation balanced: the author doesn't fawn on Hatshepsut as a woman outdoing all men (although she was a very successful pharaoh), nor does she become overwrought about a woman seizing the crown (an act which is apparently far more upsetting to modern historians than to her subjects.) The author is careful to point out the many uncertainties of dates and events, without letting it bog down the narrative. There are all sorts of interesting little tidbits of information scattered throughout.

A fairly minor complaint: I find the layout somewhat odd. The timeline running across the bottom of the book doesn't match up to the text. I can see some of the problems that they faced, but they could certainly have done better. I don't know why the sidebar on the excavators was stuck between "Dress at Court" and "Egyptian Education"; it was a little jarring.

A somewhat more serious flaw is that there really isn't too much about her reign. There are a couple pages on the journey to the Land of Punt, one of her triumphs, and a good deal of information about her favorite, Senenmut, but not much else for what was presumably the most active 22 years of her life. For this reason, I wouldn't recommend it to adults who want a brief biography.

The book includes an index, glossary, bibliography and reference to a number of different websites.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Egyptian Woman Power for young people 10 July 2006
By H. Jane Chihal - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a well written review of the history of Hatshepsut, a queen who became pharoah. It is written for young people ages 8-14, a fact I missed when I purchased it. However, I am going to use it as a present for girls in this age range. There is some information about Hatshepsut at the King Tut exhibit now in Chicago. This would be an appropriate book to give to a young person of this age going to the exhibit. Well illustrated!

Jane Chihal
Essential Hatshepsut and Egypt... 10 Oct. 2014
By Sandra Jenkins - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I love everything Egyptian. I lived in egypt for two years during the first Gulf War. Hatsheptsut was such a good and powerful pharaoh. Egypt prospered under her reign. When I visited the temple of Hatshepsut I looked at the desert rock landscape above the temple. It looks to me like many people gathering and celebrating her reign. She is so special.

Peace, Love, Unity, Oneness.
Hatshepsut: The Princess Who Became King 31 July 2011
By Richard Jedediah Burchett - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Great introduction to Hatshepsut's time period...written for middle school aged children. I was expecting a little more scholorship/college aged work, but it's still a great addition to your Hatshepsut library.
Excellent for kids 13 Feb. 2015
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My 8-year old thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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