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Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Oxbow Books (31 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184217505X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842175057
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Julian Heath is an author and freelance archaeological illustrator based in Liverpool. He has a BA and an MA in Archaeology from Liverpool University, where he has lectured on archaeological illustration and the prehistoric world. His publications include Warfare in Prehistoric Britain (2009), Life in Copper Age Britain (2011), and Before Farming (2013). He illustrated Stories from Ancient Egypt and the updated version of the British Museum’s Dictionary of Ancient Egypt.


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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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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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I bought this as a present for my primary age nephew. He loves the stories and I hope that this will feed his love of history.
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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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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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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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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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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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