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EGYPTOLOGY FOR CHILDREN

MAIN EGYPTOLOGY SECTION | KING TUTANKHAMEN | HIEROGLYPHS |

This section highlights just a few of the books which cover, to some degree, the actual archaeological processes used by Egyptologists to study Ancient Egypt. The 'Emily Sands' books are fictional, but give a hugely entertaining impression of the activities of an archaeologist in Victorian times. Books about Egyptology for a general readership may also be useful - many of them a wonderfully illustrated.

For childrens' books about Ancient Egypt - rather than about the archaeological processes - please skip to these sections instead:
History of Ancient Egypt | KING TUTANKHAMEN | HIEROGLYPHICS

EGYPTOLOGY FOR CHILDREN

FOOD AND COOKING IN ANCIENT EGYPT FOOD AND COOKING IN ANCIENT EGYPT by Clive Gifford (Wayland, 2009)

This book skimpily shows how Egyptologists (note, only the term archaeologist' is used in the book) found out about the food of the ancient Egyptians. It cites Meketre's tomb and the tomb of Kha and Merit as being key to our understanding of Ancient Egyptian food. Although it talks about honey it doesn't mention the archaeological use of pollen, which seems a shame as children in the target age (9-12yrs) who happen to be interested could get a lot of satisfaction from such details.

The handful of recipes from Ancient Egypt are adapted to use contemporary ingredients, but require fairly advanced kitchen skills, so will require supervision. Each recipe has simple step-by-step instructions illustrated with original colour artwork. Photographs from the period show food and farming practices.

Farming, mealtimes, cooking methods, diet, festival food, imported food and the use of food in medicines are also covered briefly.

Egyptology: Search For The Tomb Of Osiris EGYPTOLOGY: SEARCH FOR THE TOMB OF OSIRIS Emily Sands (pen name)

A fun, fact-filled oversized book purporting to be an archaeologist's diary lost in the desert sands of Egypt circa 1926 during an expedition to find the lost tomb of Osiris. This fabulous scrapbook style book really captures the mystique of the Egyptian desert. Fascinating factual 'notes' recorded by Emily during her expedition and wonderful illustrations combined with hidden treasures — documents in envelopes, fold-out maps, postcards, drawings and photographs, ticket stubs and 'relics' (scraps of mummy cloth and papyrus) — create a real sense of anticipation, surprise and discovery.

Search For The Tomb Of Osiris is a captivating experience, from the front cover (decorated with a glowing jeweled amulet) to the final page. Secrets awaiting discovery inside include fold-out maps, postcards, drawings and photographs, ticket stubs, mummy cloth and a scrap of papyrus. A great introduction to the fascinating subject of egyptology for children and adults alike.

(Don't miss the other books in the series.)

ANCIENT EGYPT: AWARD WINNING BOOK FOR CHILDREN

PHARAOH'S BOAT by David Weitzman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009)

In the shadow of the Great Pyramid at Giza, the most skilled shipwrights in all of Egypt are building an enormous vessel that will transport Cheops, the mighty pharaoh, across the winding waterway and into a new world. Pharaoh's boat will be a wonder to behold.

Then it was recreated, and built again, thousands of years later. The pictures subtly change in style between the ancient boat and the #modern build.

David Weitzman weaves past and present into a truly satisfying story of technology and discovery, scholarship and craft, showing us the daily life of boat builders - a revealing look at ancient Egyptian life.

'Pharaoh's Boat' has won several awards, including the 'American Library Association Notable Book 2010' and 'Children's Africana Book Awards, 2010 Best Book for Young Children'

Beautifully illustrated - even the endpapers! Great for anyone, from primary age to adult.

Pocket Timeline of Ancient Egypt THE BRITISH MUSEUM POCKET TIMELINE OF ANCIENT EGYPT

A short history of ancient Egypt, displayed as a pull-out timeline more than five feet long.

Wonders of Egypt: A Course in Egyptology WONDERS OF EGYPT: A COURSE IN EGYPTOLOGY Emily Sands (pen name)

A wonderful, beautiful book presented as a journal with pages which look aged, as if written by a Miss Emily Sands in 1927. It is illustrated with 'Emily's' watercolours of people, tombs and maps and uses a typeface which mimics an old typewriter.

Three main sections cover the history of Ancient Egypt ( old kingdom, Memphis and Saqqara, great Pyramids, middle kingdom, Pyramid texts and tombs, an ancient egyptian tale, new kingdom, Valley of the Kings), life and culture in Ancient Egypt (the Nile, work, games, palace life, travel, hieroglyphs) and Gods and Religion, with a fun quiz-style activity for each section.

Suggested age 12 yrs - adult - but very tempting for anyone if you just leave it lying around!

The Egyptology Handbook, with Stickers THE EGYPTOLOGY HANDBOOK, WITH STICKERS (Ologies Handbooks) Emily Sands (pen name)

British Museum Pocket Dictionary of Pharaohs And Queens THE BRITISH MUSEUM POCKET DICTIONARY OF PHARAOHS AND QUEENS British Museum (British Museum Pocket Dictionaries)

Egyptoplogy for Children EGYPTOLOGY CODE-WRITING KIT: From the Desk of Miss Emily Sands with Sticker and Envelope and Postcard and Paper (Ologies)

PICTURE DICTIONARY OF ANCIENT EGYPT (Treetops Non Fiction, Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 11)

Ancient Egypt (My Museum) by Struan Reid

Egyptians (Usborne Beginners)

. . . more egyptology books for children

. . . DVD from Dr. Zahi Hawass

 (ANCIENT EGYPT, White Wolves Non Fiction for age 8-9, below average readers) QUICK EXPERT: ANCIENT EGYPT: AGE 8-9, BELOW AVERAGE READERS (White Wolves Non Fiction) by Jill A. Laidlaw (A&C Black, 2009)

Egyptology to inspire children who don't read with ease.

Also see:
White Wolves Non Fiction for Average Readers Age 8-9: Egyptian Treasures
White Wolves Non Fiction for Above Average Readers Age 8-9: Visit Egypt!
The 'White Wolves' are engaging books that attract children whatever their reading level. The new non-fiction texts reflect the real world, from guidebooks to cookbooks, covering core geography, history and science topics as they do so. Ideal for classroom and topic libraries, and for teaching non-fiction literacy skills in a curriculum context.

EGYPTOLOGY WALL CALENDAR (2008)

2008 has long gone, but the calendar is still beautiful! A calendar based on the best-selling book "Egyptology: Search for the Tomb of Osiris". Like the book, the calendar features photos, sketches, pull-out documents and flaps, plus extras like a game of Egyptian checkers and a "sample of mummy cloth".

Size of the calendar:
Closed:13" x 10.75"
Open:13" x 21.5"







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