Teaching Ancient Civilizations with Children’s Literature: Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs: A Book about Ancient Egypt

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Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs: A Book about Ancient Egypt was written by Gail Gibbons and illustrated by Saho Fujii.   “One of the world’s oldest continuous civilizations began about five thousand years ago, in the land of Egypt.”  The book gives an great overview of how and where ancient Egyptian’s lived, what jobs they held, how they celebrated different occasions, what their houses looked like, their medical & magic healing powers.  Communication and story telling through picture writing, known as hieroglyphs, was a very important part of ancient Egyptians life.  “People called scribes spent up to ten years to learn the hundreds of hieroglyph symbols.”  Ancient Egyptians were ruled by kings, known as pharaohs.  Pharaohs were burried in pyramids along with their family and slaves.   Today people can go and visit pyramids as well as museums around the world and view some of the ancient Egyptian art from that era.

Curriculum Connections

This would be a great book to start off or use to support a lesson on ancient Egypt.  The illustration in the book is great and can be used as a quick reference for life during ancient Egypt.  The photos can be used for early readers.  The life style, architecture and location are described in detail for early learners (SOL 2.1 and 2.4a).

Additional Resources

Book: Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs: A Book about Ancient Egypt
Author: Gail Gibbons
Illustrator: Saho Fujii
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 30
Grade Range: 2-5
ISBN: 0316309281