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Cleopatra: Discover the World of Cleopatra Through the Diary of Her Handmaiden, Nefret Hardcover – 1 Oct 2007
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"A lively approach to the story of Cleopatra, through the eyes of a young Egyptian girl with whom modern children can easily identify." -- Nicolette Jones, Children's Book Reviewer, Sunday Times
"No child could fail to be enchanted by Adèle Geras's Cleopatra, brought so vividly, yet accessibly, to life. Historical detail is effortlessly conveyed through the story format..." -- Dinah Hall, Children's Book Reviewer, Sunday Telegraph
"This book is a sumptuous triumph! A really enjoyable account of the most famous queen in history, told by a clever, charming ten-year-old girl." -- Dina Rabinovitch, The Guardian
The stories of three important historical figures, told from the viewpoint of children in their lives. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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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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She thought Cleopatra was amazing because she was a very powerful woman who lived many hundreds of years ago, and so far in her schooling, very few women were spoken of as powerful leaders. So, we jumped right in and for Halloween, she dressed as a stunning Queen of the Nile, even though we realized the real Egypian Queen probably didn't actually look like Elizabeth Taylor:)
She was asking so many questions about how she became powerful, what did an Egyptian queen do in her daily life, in what kind of a house did she live, did she have a husband or children, and especially, why did she die by a snake bite. All the answers I found were very complicated and too academically worded for even a very curious and bright ten-year-old fourth grader. So...we looked on Amazon for a childrens' book about Cleopatra and found this great edition by Adele Geras.
The pictures in "Cleopatra" are fabulous! They are colorful and lovely to look at. The cover has a jeweled eye and is big and bright. It is written as diary entries in the voice of a young girl living at the time of Cleopatra and her family. We haven't been reading it straight through, and that is part of what makes it so great; book you can open to any page, or any particlarly interesting event, and easily find great facts written in a very engaging manner for young readers, (as well as their parents).
I highly recommend this book, it is worth very penny. It will hang around your bookshelf long after fourth grade. I, too, find myself curiously flipping through the pages and reading it with great interest.
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