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A,B,C of Egyptian Myths,
This review is from: Stories from Ancient Egypt: Egyptian Myths and Legends for Children (Paperback)
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.