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1. Of Beetles and Angels : A Boy's
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1. Of Beetles and Angels : A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard
by Mawi Asgedom
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Asin: 0316826200
Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
Publisher: Megan Tingley
Sales Rank: 56119
Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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Originally self-published in hardcover in 2000, this acclaimed memoir is now in a revised paperback edition, complete with 14 black and white photographs and a new epilogue. Here is an unforgettable true story of a young boy's remarkable journey from a refugee camp in Sudan to an affluent Chicago suburb where his family survives on welfare.Following his father's advice to "treat all people - even the most unsightly beetles - as though they were angels sent from heaven," Mawi Asgedom overcomes racial prejudice, language barriers, and financial disadvantage, eventually realizing his dream of a full-tuition scholarship to Harvard University. Of Beetles and Angels is a compelling survival story sure to inspire readers of all ages and backgrounds. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Ethipoian Boy
Of Beetles And Angels is about an Ethiopian boy that used to live in a refugee camp. He changed his life when he came to America. He became a really bad boy, with his brother. But his brother died in a car accident, so Mawi changed his life. He started to work and study with really good grades at Harvard.
His parents deserve thanks for him becoming a good man. This is a story about a boy from refugee who becomes a really well educated boy. But he had to pass through a lot of problems to have the things he has now.

I recommend this book to students who are from different country, so they can't forget their own culture.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and motivating
The book by Mawi Asgedom is a story of the author's journey from war torn Ethiopia to Harvard University. It is also a story about Mawi's father, Haileab. Haileab was determined to give his children a better life. He could not hand that life to his children and so he motivated and inspired them. He gave up everything-his job, his dignity, his respect, his country, his friends, and more so that his children might have a better life. The impact of this father is visually represented in the book in that all of his words are in capital letters.

My entire family has read this book. We spent several hours discussing it together. Mawi is a great storyteller. He made us laugh and he made us think. I have given at least 15 of Mawi's books to friends and relatives to read. One friend and her husband were so moved by the book that they went and visited the organization, World Relief, in Wheaton, IL to find out what they could do to help refugees. They gave their Christmas bonus to helping several families. Everyone should read this book, adults and children in fourth grade and older, refugees and especially everyone that has contact with people of another culture. I give this excellent, insightful book the highest recommendation.

3-0 out of 5 stars Of Beetles & Angels
Of Beetles & Angels

I think the book, Of Beetles & Angels is a good book for reading, and so I recommend it for teachers that teach reading, and read it to students, because students from other regions can learn that people that are not from America can go far in their studies and have a successful life.

This book is about a family that lived well in Ethiopia, but then the father had some problems, and they moved to America. America wasn't like Ethiopia; they had a little trouble when they got here, but with time life treats them better. Selamawi the main character get support from his parents to learn. Selamawi learns English and studies very hard and because of that he goes to study at Harvard.

I'm Hispanic I'm from Baja California, Mexico I go to Roosevelt High School and I read this book in my English class.

5-0 out of 5 stars Of Beetles & Angels
Of Beetles&Angels is a contemporary autobiography of a young man's journey to success. Young adult readers might not be able to relate to the cultural changes Mawi endured but will be able to sympathize with his emotional plight of poverty, racial poverty, and sense of not belonging. Told from his own point of view, Mawi Asgedom graphically describes his people's escape to Sudan's refugee camp and the move to America. Maw's father's optimism in the human race is uplifting. The inspirational theme of seeing angels in the lowest form repeats throughout the book and attempts to teach the reader a moral lesson. He describes the characters he encounters throughout his life so that the reader can identify with most of them, ex. the class bully, the helpful neighbor, or the church community.
Maws inspirational story is motivating and courageous and a must read for teenagers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Emotional & Inspiring - A Must Read
I have never written a review on Amazon, but feel compelled to share my thoughts. This is an inspiring book that speaks to anyone who, in their youth, failed to appreciate the wisdom, sacrifice, and well-meaning of their parents (despite their flaws). It speaks equally to anyone that that doubts or wants to be reminded of: the power of the human spirit and goal setting; the importance of searching for the goodness in every living thing; or the positive impact mentors - and even strangers - can have on one's life.

Mawi - thanks for having the courage to share this road map to your sole. Peace be with you... -WLK ... Read more


2. Mummies Made in Egypt
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Asin: 0064460118
Catlog: Book (1985-09-25)
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Sales Rank: 88796
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Aliki describes and illustrates the techniques and the reasons for the use of mummification in ancient Egypt. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book - Bad Memories
I think the Aliki book explains the true reality of the ancient Egyptains beliefs. I am actually writing this because I was scared of the book. I wouldn't recommend showing this to a child without telling them what to expect. The book explains about the belief involving the many gods (Osiris, Anubis, and Isis are a few) I don't want any child to be scared of the culture, but who would know?

5-0 out of 5 stars The Wish to Live Forever
Kids love mummies, and mine are no exception. As the Aliki (the book's author/illustrator) says, "A mummy is a mystery-hidden in layers of ancient bandage, bedecked with priceless jewels." We read Mummies Made in Egypt as part of our Egyptian study when our children were 7, 10 and 11. The back cover (accurately) says the book is written for ages 8 to 12. I have to admit I loved this book as much as my children and learned a lot from it. What's great, as another reviewer has pointed out, is that it's not morbid in any way. It presents the facts, clearly and simply, accompanied by equally simple and clear illustrations. Is there a better children's illustrator than Aliki?

5-0 out of 5 stars THE Book for any Amatuer Egyptologist
I discovered this book while watching Reading Rainbow as a youngster, and absolutely fell in love with it. This wonderful book started me on my way to being the lover of ancient Egyptian culture and mythology that I am today. Though written for a very young audience, its very straightforward approach doesn't pull any punches. The mummification process is described in fascinating detail, and there are beautiful illustrations accompanying every page. There are even drawings of those Egytpian gods important to the mummification process. One of my favorite books of all time, it is a treasure-trove of knowedge about Egytpian culture. Pick it up; you won't be disappointed. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Mummies made in Egypt
I know it sounds strange, but this is a wonderful book for more advanced 2nd and 3rd graders. It's simple to follow, easy to read, and has interesting Egyptology and historical information. It's not spooky or morbid, but matter of fact. The illustrations are interesting and keep kids' attention. Both my daughter and son went through a month where they wanted to read it every night. And now my daughter goes to museums and says, Look Dad, an Udjat. (which you'll learn is a hieroglyphic symbol). ... Read more


3. Africa Is Not A Country
by Margy Burns Knight, Mark Melnicove, Anne Bibley O'Brien
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Asin: 0761316477
Catlog: Book (2002-01-01)
Publisher: Millbrook Press
Sales Rank: 156676
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Well done
It's sort of sad that a book like this is even necessary, but I have seen teachers make assignments such as, "Everyone will do a report on how people live in different places. We need reports on Japan, Mexico, Germany, China, and Africa."

"Africa Is Not a Country" takes a brief look at the 50-some individual contries that make up the African continent. Each country is presented in a two-page spread, with some text and a large illustration. The text works in lots of facts about each country, without being overly academic. The illustrations are large, colorful, and detailed. The book begins with morning and ends at night and depicts people having breakfast, going to school, doing housework, shopping, playing, etc. The emphasis is always on modern people (not wildlife, not "exotic" tribes). Well done.

5-0 out of 5 stars children today need this book
Having visited many classes of young children, I have seen the ignorance that children today have about the African continent and the vast cultures that inhabit the mysterious land. Knight's writing is academic, but not too technical, and playful but honest as she presents a look at the daily lives of children from all over the continent. The book is complete with a listing of all the African countries and important facts about them making it handy in the classroom and wonderful detailed stories about specifically chosen countries making it useful for home story telling. Children need this book and the bst part is that they will love it too.

4-0 out of 5 stars A delightful picture book for children
KNIGHT, Margy Burns Mark Melnicove Africa is Not a Country Millbrook Sep 2000 Grade 1-4

This book dispels the misconception that Africa is a country. The authors narrate the experiences of children at play, school, home, and use realistic illustrations to explore the cultural, environmental, ethnic and social diversity of all 53 countries that make up the African continent. They instruct the reader about each African country, revealing its unique characteristics among the family of African nations. For example on Rwanda, kids are shown making pictures of war, while on Kenya, which is famous for producing long distance runners, the authors show two children running to school, dreaming of one day becoming professional runners. The vast and varied African continent is shown using maps and the different people who inhabit the different environments. From vast deserts with camels in the North, to lush agricultural lands in Central and Southern Africa, the authors introduce Africa to young children in this colorful and easily readable book, and explains that Africa is so large, diverse and complex, it should not be thought as a single nation. Africa has so much to offer: soccer, agricultural products, different religious faiths, fossils, and the diversity is not only of land and culture, but of people too. At the end of the book is an alphabetical capsule of all 53 countries, featuring capital city, population, Independence Day, currency, a pronunciation guide, national flags, and unique facts about the country. Beautifully illustrated and well researched, it will be a joy to young children being introduced to Africa and the many countries that make the African continent.

Daniel M. Mungai Queens Borough Public Library, New York City ... Read more


4. The Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Egypt (Greenleaf Guides)
by Cynthia Shearer
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Asin: 1882514009
Catlog: Book (1989-06-01)
Publisher: Greenleaf Press (TN)
Sales Rank: 507757
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Ever wonder how Biblical history and Ancient Egypt fit together? Why was God so angry with Pharaoh, anyway? These were questions we asked when we began our study of Ancient Egypt. We wanted to start our study of western history by beginning at the beginning. After reading through the Old Testament (which is history, after all) we study ancient Egypt. This study guide presents ten lesson plans using the six books listed below. Included are possible vocabulary lists and discussion questions that can be drawn from the reading. Also includes directions for playing a checkers like game found in Tut’s tomb, directions for building a model shaduf (irrigate like the Egyptians!), as well as suggestions for how to adapt your study to fit grades 2-7. Average duration is about 15 weeks. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Who said History had to be Boring?
This book is a hoot. I read a review not long ago by a reader who bought it thinking it was a history text. What it's really meant to do is help you organize your children's study of Egypt utilizing other resources. And this it does very effectively.
The Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Egypt makes use of four primary texts (Elizabeth Payne's The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, Tony Allan's Time Traveller Book of Pharoahs and Pyramids, Angela Wilkes' Deserts, and David Macaulay's classic book, Pyramid). The Guide helps the parent/teacher assign and coordinate the children's reading, suggests additional resources and describes various hands-on projects. My kids' favorite activity came during Lesson One-The Geography of Egypt, when each of them made a colored salt map of Egypt. The instructions were clear and flexible (trust me--a boon to busy homeschool parents!). The children also enjoyed making a giant backyard shaduf (you'll have to read the book to know what that is).
Last night, as I was re-acquainting myself with these materials, my 12-year-old daughter said, "Dad, can you find any more fun stuff like that for our history?"
What more can a teacher and parent wish for?

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Guide.. I highly recomend
I love the approch of this book. My daughter is 10 and we have enjoyed learning about the ancient egypt history. There are lots of activies suggested in the book that truly make the history come alive and sink in.. I would recomend this book very highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great way to study Egypt!
As a history teacher and homeschooling mom, I always look for ideas to give my students to enhance thier study of the era or place. This is a wonderful supplement to any study of Egypt for all students. The Christian emphasis provides an added dimension and allows the students to incorporate the study of the Biblical accounts of Egypt into the study. This is highly recommended for a well-rounded approach. The guide also includes wonderful supplemental readings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good resource
We enjoyed using this guide in our home school. There are a few Bible references included, as well as mentions of Bible stories. The "extras" alone would be worth the price of the book: projects, such as a model of a shaduf, the game of Senet; timelines and extensive vocabulary lists, and the bibliography .

1-0 out of 5 stars Not at all what we expected
The book is very text-like in its approach and presentation. The material seems to be written as a supplement for bible study. It also has a decidedly fundamentalist Christian slant which the authors are not shy about sharing, so be prepared for that. We found the most useful part of the book to be the bibliography - to suggest other books that might be closer to what we're looking for. ... Read more


5. The Kongo Kingdom (African Civilizations)
by Manuel Jordan, Manuel, Phd Jordan
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Asin: 0531202828
Catlog: Book (1999-03-01)
Publisher: Franklin Watts
Sales Rank: 203946
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6. Niger (Enchantment of the World. Second Series)
by Ann Heinrichs
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Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
Publisher: Children's Press (CT)
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7. Pyramid
by David Macaulay
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Asin: 0395214076
Catlog: Book (1975-09-10)
Publisher: Walter Lorraine Books
Sales Rank: 117561
Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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When children catch their first glimpse of a pyramid, a sea of questions inevitably tumbles forth. "Why are they shaped like that?" "How were they made?" "Who made them?" "What were they used for?" Perplexed adults can sigh with relief now that David Macaulay has found a way to thoroughly answer all those deserving questions. His exquisitely crosshatched pen-and-ink illustrations frame the engaging fictional story of an ancient pharaoh who commissions a pyramid to be built for him. With great patience and respect for minute detail (not unlike the creators of the early pyramids), Macaulay explains the sometimes backbreaking tasks of planning, hauling, chiseling, digging, and hoisting that went into the construction of this awe-inspiring monument. Just when the narrative teeters on the edge of textbook doldrums, Macaulay brings us back to the engaging human drama of death and superstition. This respectful blending of architecture, history, and mysticism will certainly satiate pyramid-passionate children as well as their obliging parents. ALA Notable Book. (Ages 9 and older) --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars good introduction
Though this was written nearly thirty years ago, this is still one of the best introductions to the building of the pyramids out there, as he distills the basics down to the bare minimum without sacrificing much detail. The drawings, too, are superb, though the one page showing the various bald-headed workers made me think of Blue Man Group.

I do have some minor reservations, however, which are not necessarily Macaulay's fault (I am not going to go into alternative theories about how the pyramids were built, or speculation about the "real" purpose of the pyramids). One, to have built a pyramid of 2 million blocks in 30 years (working 5 months of the year) would have required that over 400 blocks be cut, finished, transported, and set into place EVERY DAY. Two, he doesn't state how the ramps were built so they could withstand the weight of so many tons of blocks day in and day out. And third, how was this enormous operation made to run so smoothly despite accidents and other problems that had to have occurred?

Despite my reservations, this is still a wonderful book to teach people, especially children, how such a massive undertaking was accomplished.

5-0 out of 5 stars A GREAT, FUN READ
My friend checked this book out from the library and lent it to me, and I really enjoyed it. Communicating through words and drawings, Mr. Macaulay makes us feel like we're there in Egypt watching the pyramids being built through the decades. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a book they can really sink their teeth into.

5-0 out of 5 stars How did this guy learn to draw?
Who hasn't wondered how the Great Pyramids came to be? In this stunningly illustrated, richly detailed book, David Macaulay skillfully shows one way they could have built. I had ordered the book for our family's study of ancient Egypt, based on a recommendation in The Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Egypt, which raved about it. I was not disappointed. In fact, I was stunned at the detail and care of the drawings and fascinated by the accounts. Although the long descriptions were daunting for my then-first grader, the illustrations caught her eye, and her older siblings dug into it with enthusiasm.

5-0 out of 5 stars Egyptian Pyramids
David MacAulty's book discusses and illustrates "one method" by which the pyramids of Egypt may have been built, and follows the construction step by step. His pen and ink drawings are excellent. The book may have been written for children (ages 9 and older) but, I enjoyed the book. I highly recommend it for adults and children with an interest in the pyramids. My eight year old son was fascinated by the book. Hopefully, his interest in Egyptology has been sparked by this fine book. I tend to disagree with the author when he refers to the pyramids as tombs. No bodies have been found within the pyramids. Its more likely the pyramids were used as structures for initiation ceremonies. Although, not specifically stated the entire book, except for a brief discussion of the Queen's pyramid and the mummification process, is devoted to the Great Pyramid of Khufu. The brief discussion of the mummification process is just the right amount of information for a child's book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pyramid
David MacAulay's book illustrartes "one" method by which the pyramids of Egypt may have been built, and follows the construction step by step with text and drawings. His pen and ink drawings are excellent! The book may have been written for children, ages 9 and older, but I enjoyed the book! My eight year old son was fascinated by the book. Hopefully, his interest in Egyptology has been sparked by this fine book. I tend to disagree with the author when he refers to the pyramid as a tomb. Although, not specifically stated, the entire book except a brief discussion of the Queen's Pyramid and mumification are devoted to the building of the Great Pyramid of Khufu. The brief discussion of the mummification process is just the right amount of information for a child. ... Read more


8. The Mystery of the Hieroglyphs: The Story of the Rosetta Stone and the Race to Decipher Egyptian Hieroglyphs
by Carol Donoughue
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Asin: 0195218507
Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 166780
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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For more than 15 centuries, no one could read the strange-looking Egyptian hieroglyphs. And then in 1799 a French soldier in Napoleon's army in Egypt stumbled across the Rosetta Stone, an ancient inscription recorded in Greek, hieroglyphs, and demotic script. Many of the brightest scholars of the time--Egyptologists, historians, and linguists--as well as detectives, professional code breakers, and plain amateurs, all set out to decipher the forgotten words.

Carol Donoughue tells us the fascinating story of the hieroglyphs and the race to decipher them, explaining how this curious writing system began with simple drawings of everyday objects. She compares the hieroglyphic system to modern alphabets in an entertaining narrative complemented with numerous photographs and drawings, maps, historical timelines stretching from ancient Egypt to Napoleon, a glossary, and numerous sidebars. The book culminates in an edge-of-your-seat description of how the brilliant French archaeologist Champollion finally succeeded in deciphering the hieroglyphs. A final section displays an alphabet of "hieroglyphs" and offers some fun activities for children based on hieroglyphic writing. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars loaded with details, brings history to life
This book tells of the discovery of the Rosetta Stone and about attempts to break the code of the hieroglyphs and demotic script. We learn of the various men who tried to break the code and about the successful young man who finally did break the code. The book also tells about who currently owns the Rosetta Stone and the journey and literal fighting that took place over its ownership.

Through this story the reader is introduced to what hieroglyphs are and what demotic script is. Battles are very lightly touched upon, enough to explain why the Egyptians began writing in Greek as well. (The Rosetta stone tells the same story in Hieroglyphs, Demotic script, and Greek and was the key to breaking the hieroglyphic code.) The reader is kept in suspense about the meaning and the decoding of the hieroglyphs...as the discoveries are made the code is revealed to us in bits and pieces. For example we start off not knowing if the symbols stand for sounds of a spoken word or for literal translations to objects/animals, etc. In the end the hieroglyphs are spelled out and the reader is given several examples to try to interpret their meaning. Some of the basic writing rules are clearly discussed such as that the writing can go left to right or right to left, and we are to follow the face of the animal shapes to tell us which way to go. Writing can be vertical and the symbols can be backwards or forwards! There are no punctuation marks, sentences or paragraphs, it all runs together.

There are photographs, illustrations, timelines, and maps throughout this book, which add to the experience. This is loaded with text, it is not as skimpy in text or detail as some books that publishers group into this same age category. Yet it is not as loaded or illustration-driven as the DK/Eyewitness books (as a comparison comment, not a complaint).

I especially enjoyed the details about the life of Jean Francios Champollion, the man who broke the code of the hieroglyphs. Taught to read at a young age and homeschooled by his older brother for most of his life, he was devoted to reading and learning foreign languages from an early age. He disliked math and science and chose instead to study languages. His devotion to his passion lead to his decoding the Rosetta Stone and later to fundraising to pay for an expedition to Egypt. He was so passionate about the bringing history of Egypt to others that he persuaded the King of France to acquire many Egyptian artifacts and he became the curator of the Egyptian museum of the Louvre, which still is on display today. This is all told in an interesting way in this book. We can all learn something from Champollion, to follow our interests, teach our children what they are most interested in, and to excel in one area (of study) can lead to great things if the passion is allowed to flourish. This is a great contrast to our American public educational system today, which wants excellence in many areas of study (and covers each lightly) and doesn't allow time or energy to be spend one or two areas of specialized interest.

My only complaint is that I found the questions posed to the children annoying ("what do you think this means..." and such). I don't think children need to be directed to think about something, it happens to each of us as we read. Perhaps we don't all wonder about the same thing at the same paragraph in a book but that is OK. Sometimes the questions asked the child to interpret something but then the true answer is never revealed which is annoying and I feel leaves the reader feeling incompetent and possibly frustrated to have a curiosity sparked but left without the correct answer, wondering if they are correct or not.

This is a great book to tell the story of unlocking the mystery of the Rosetta Stone and an easily understood introduction to hieroglyphics (and the two other languages) used by the Egyptians. This book really brings history to life.

5-0 out of 5 stars An unusual and beautiful book!
This short (48 pages) book simply and intelligently tells the story of the decipherment of the Egyptian hieroglyphs for children. It is illustrated with beautiful artwork and is a worthy gift for an artistic, curious middle-school child. ... Read more


9. Japanese Designs (Dover Pictorial Archives)
by Y. S. Green
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Asin: 0486423778
Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
Publisher: Dover Publications
Sales Rank: 468835
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Filled with the timeless beauty of Japanese art, this ready-to-color collection of 30 full-page, black-and-white designs depicts popular motifs in the best Japanese artistic tradition--from highly stylized creatures of the sea and air to lush blossoms and sinister dragons. A delight for colorists of all ages, a versatile source of inspiration and permission-free art for designers, artists, and craftworkers.
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10. Great Zimbabwe (First Book)
by Mark Bessire
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Asin: 0531202852
Catlog: Book (1999-03-01)
Publisher: Franklin Watts
Sales Rank: 1058352
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11. The Asante Kingdom (African Civilizations)
by Carol Thompson
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Asin: 0531202879
Catlog: Book (1999-03-01)
Publisher: Franklin Watts
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12. African Heroes
by JimHaskins
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Asin: 0471466727
Catlog: Book (2005-01-14)
Publisher: Wiley
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Inspiring stories of the greatest heroes of Africa, from Imhotep to Nelson Mandela

This lively collection of profiles brings African heroes to life for young readers. It features fascinating stories of the heroes of ancient Africa (including Hatshepsut, the first woman to rule Egypt), of the empire-building era (including Yusuf, an Almoravid Muslim who established the city of Marrakesh in Morocco), of the struggle against European incursion (including Nzingha, queen of Angola, who fought several wars against the Portuguese), and of the twentieth century (including Haile Selassie, King of Ethiopia, who modernized the country and championed the decolonization of Africa).

Jim Haskins (New York, NY) has written more than 100 nonfiction books for young readers. He is a Professor of English at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and winner of numerous awards, including The Washington Post Children’s Book Guild Award and the Coretta Scott King Book Award. ... Read more


13. Ancient Egypt
by PhilipArdagh
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Asin: 087226629X
Catlog: Book (2000-06-01)
Publisher: Peter Bedrick
Sales Rank: 427422
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The Pharaoh’s stolen treasure is a gripping mystery adventure set in Ancient Egypt – where you have to unmask the thief and find the missing treasure. There are clues to spot, suspects to follow and questions that need answers…

…answers that can be found earlier in the pages of Ancient Egypt - a fact-filled record of life in those fascinating times – with full-color illustrations reconstructing life in the past, and photographs of the evidence the Egyptians left behind.

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5-0 out of 5 stars clever and intriguing
This book is a must for all those children who are eager to know more. It's easy to read and keeps the children interested untill the end. My seven year old daughter read it and "played" it for two hours, untill she solved the mistery. I will buy more titles! ... Read more


14. Glorious Age in Africa: The Story of 3 Great African Empires (Awp Young Readers Series)
by Daniel Chu, Elliott P. Skinner, Moneta Barnett
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Asin: 0865431671
Catlog: Book (1990-01-01)
Publisher: Africa World Press
Sales Rank: 114334
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Ghana, Mali & Songhay: The Story of Three Great Empires ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book has done a wonderful job of informing its readers about ancient African kingdoms. In doing so it informs the world, most of whom are ignorant, about great civilizations that stood long before Europe, namely Rome. It challenges the lies of those Caucasians who traditionally distort history so as to place European civilizations above all others,just as they took Egypt out of Africa, painted Jesus white and placed white Jews in the East.

4-0 out of 5 stars Concise History of Early African Kingdoms
This slender volume provides a good basic account of the three primary kingdoms of ancient Africa. We have heard much in recent years from Afro-centric revisionist historians about the alleged wonder of ancient Africa. This book puts some of those myths into perspective. While obviously intended for a young reading audience, this book has some useful information. The maps and pictures have an ameturish quality to them, but will doubtless appeal to high school students and less sophisticated readers. The text is simple and a bit over-stated at times.

The three African kingdoms discussed here were certainly impressive for their time and place, but seem to have left little lasting influence. They were primarily trading empires, with some literature (Islamic Koranic writing and study) some archectecture and medicine. Music, art and higher forms of literature that would be found in Europe in the Renissiance appear to be non-existent. It is interesting to note that all three Kingdoms were heavily influenced by Islam, a non-indigeneous religion. Thus it seems Africa's greatest kingdoms were due more to the influence of Islam than anything else. Much about these kingdoms remains obscure and will likely remain so, thus providing numerous revisionist historians the means to make all sorts of outrageous statements. The perfect atmosphere for invention and fabrication. Still, this book provides a clearer look at the early history of Africa more so than recent ethno-centric studies like those compiled by the dubious Louis Gates. Young and older readers alike can certainly find some merit in this work

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Into to African history
I have used this book to teach both fifth graders and college students about the basics of African history. This book effectively tells the tales of the Sundiata epic, Sonni Ali, the rise and fall of Timbuktu in a way that is entertaining, but also educational. If you want a basic foundation into African history while avoiding the political minefield of "Afrocentrism," read this, learn, and enjoy. ... Read more


15. African Beginnings
by James Haskins
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Asin: 0688102565
Catlog: Book (1998-01-20)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Sales Rank: 376177
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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From the ancient kingdom of Kush, whose black pharaohs ruled Egypt for nearly a century, to the sixteenth-century empire of the Kongo, whose emperor was so powerful he was able to halt the trade in slaves for a number of years, the African continent rang with a series of glorious civilizations that have had a lasting impact on the world's history, and on American culture. James Haskins and Floyd Cooper have won numerous awards for their books for young people, including several Coretta Scott King Honor awards. This groundbreaking book is their first collaboration. Index. Bibliography. All ages.

Consultants on this book were Dr. John Henrik Clarke, noted scholar of black history, and Dr. Enid Schildkrout, curator of anthropology, The American Museum of Natural History. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars African Beginnings
This book was very informative and full of wonderfully painted pictures. It has much information on many of the main countries in Africa including music, religion, etc... Great book for reports for the kids in school. ... Read more


16. Ancient West African Kingdoms: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai (Understanding People in the Past)
by Mary Quigley
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Asin: 1403400989
Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
Publisher: Heinemann Library
Sales Rank: 79610
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17. Ancient Egypt (Cultural Atlas for Young People)
by Geraldine Harris
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Asin: 0816051488
Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Facts on File
Sales Rank: 808831
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Really cool book
Although you messed up on the timelines, ancient Egypt is a relatively good book.it engrossed me in bed time reading and has accurate and interesting data,information, and facts.

3-0 out of 5 stars for children, this book might have been better presented
Divided in two parts, this book chronicles the civilization of Ancient Egypt. The first part focuses on the history of Egypt from the earliest times to the Roman period. The second part takes the reader along the country and provides a detailed map of each region. The book fails as an atlas : the author provides too much information about the various aspects of the Egyptian daily life and society, and the maps have no stability. Offering a helpful glossary, this book, for children ages 9 to 12, has many illustrations regarding the Egyptian civilization. ... Read more


18. African Princess : The Amazing Lives of Africa's Royal Women
by Joyce Hansen
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Asin: 0786851163
Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
Publisher: Jump At The Sun
Sales Rank: 24819
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What was it like to live as a queen in ancient Egypt, or as an Amazon warrior in western Africa? African Princess tells the stories of six remarkable royal women and the eras in which they lived, from 1473 B.C. to the present. Some lived in great luxury; others lived in exile as freedom fighters. The rise of the slave trade and the arrival of European colonists unsettled the entire continent and forced rulers to find ways to govern and protect their kingdoms. Consequently, many of these royal women ruled in extremely difficult times, marked by palace intrigue, foreign invasion, and harrowing adventure. ... Read more


19. The Egyptians
by LouiseJames
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Asin: 0872265366
Catlog: Book (2001-02-09)
Publisher: Peter Bedrick
Sales Rank: 104948
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The How we Know About series explores past civilizations with an emphasis on the archaeological record. In The Egyptians, each double-page spread looks at an important part of the ancient Egyptian way of life and illustrates key evidence – artifacts, architecture, arts and written sources – that enables us to reconstruct and understand their buildings, technology, clothes, jewelry and everyday life:

  • Uncover both the palaces of kings and the simple homes of workers
  • Follow a procession of priests through a temple and learn about Egyptian religion
  • See the construction of the Great Pyramids
  • Watch the pharaoh lead his soldiers into battle

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20. Eyewitness: Ancient Egypt
by George Hart
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Asin: 0789457849
Catlog: Book (2000-06-01)
Publisher: DK Publishing Inc
Sales Rank: 378478
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Eyewitness Books' Ancient Egypt continues the tradition of excellent, accurate, and beautiful reference works for kids 9 to 12 years old. Ancient Egyptian civilization holds a special fascination for many, with its mummies, pyramids, and highly stylized artworks. Kids can explore a Pharaoh's tomb, see a mummy up close, and find out about Egyptian gods. Lots of archaeological relics show what life was like for the ancient Egyptians, from how they dressed to the games they played. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent
It's a great book.
And besides I love to study about ancient Egypt, it's just so interasting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I'm a dabbler in Ancient Egyptian history and this is a great buy.At under $15 I think it's a great deal considering it's hardcover and has a TON of full color pictures.It covers a wide array of topics from Geography to Pharoahs.The book is handsome enough to display on a coffee table, detailed enough to get a taste of ancient egypt, and still simple enough that it would make a terrific gift for a child of any age (I'm 23 and I think this book is fantastic).

Other topics include:daily life of the Egyptian (not just nobility!), tools, jewelry, mummification, writing system, agriculture, textiles, food, religion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eyewitness:Ancient Egypt
I think that Eyewitness:Ancient Egypt is an amazing book.I liked how they wrote about how the Egyptians built their pyramids.If you are thinking about reading this book you should,because you will learn alot. Belive me, it's a very interesting book.

5-0 out of 5 stars ancient egypt
this is a great book on ancient egypt. this book has 60 pages that are filled with lots of info. this book has a great overveiw on ancient egypt and is filled with lots of great colored pictures on every page. if you are into ancient egypt you will want to buy this book that is great for all ages.

5-0 out of 5 stars SEE ancient Egypt
DK eyewitness books are some of the greatest non-fiction books around. The distinctive white background and high-quality photography gives this book an edge over any other nonfiction picture book. And -- these pictures are real! They're beautiful museum-quality photos of all things related to Egypt, accompanied by informative captions and text.

Learn about Egypt, mummies, egyptian gods, and everyday life in Egypt.SEE the objects common to everyday life in Egypt.If you know someone (young or old) who is fascinated by Egypt and archaeology, then you must introduce them to this book! ... Read more


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