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A lovely way to interest junior age readers in this fascinating ancient culture.,
This review is from: Cleopatra: Discover the World of Cleopatra Through the Diary of Her Handmaiden, Nefret (Hardcover)
This is a great introduction to the ancient world: a fictionalized biography of Cleopatra with a wonderfully enticing cover set with `real jewels. How could any little girl resist such a treasure?
The story tells the life of an Egyptian Queen through the eyes of her ten-year old maid, Nefret. It's smashing from about age seven because a child can relate easily to Nefret and to some extent them feel that they're experiencing the life of their ancient counterpart. As well as general flavour of life and culture from Ancient Egypt, her journal gives child-friendly coverage of some of the less tasteful incidents in ancient history, telling of events in the royal palace, Cleopatra's marriages and liaisons with the Romans, first Caesar and then Marc Anthony. The pages are rich with appropriately papyrus/sandy coloured pictures which are realistic enough to give a flavour of Egypt yet are suffused with light humour.
As well as the diary (about two-thirds of the book), there's additional general information on what happened next, childhood in ancient Egypt, Cleopatra's family tree, the river Nile etc. as well as a timeline and maps. This is written at the same level as the rest of the book - easy to read through, rather than a myriad of heavy facts.
In all, a very well-put together package to give a young reader a snapshot of Egypt's past.
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