Friday, October 28, 2011

Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs by Marcia Williams - ESSENTIAL

Williams, Marcia.  Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs Candlewick Press, 2011. $16.99. PICTURE BOOK.  Marcia Williams is a veteran at writing and illustrating myths and retelling their stories in comic strip fashion.  She has written about Shakespeare, Greek Mythology, Robin Hood, and others alike.  Ancient Egypt retells the story of Egypt's pharaohs and its gods.  It starts with Ra and goes on to tell about other gods--like Isis, Osiris, and Set.  Pharaohs that the book mentions include Tut and the curse in his tomb and Cleopatra.  This is a wonderful book.  The illustrations and comic book style make it so that the stories are more memorable for readers, especially young ones.  Greek mythology might be more common in our Western society, but Egyptian mythology has more mystique to it (and this book helps readers of all ages understand a brief overview of Egyptian mythology.  This book is so good my wife and I wan to buy the other books by Ms. Williams.  Pre-K, EL(K-3), EL, MS, HS - ESSENTIAL.  Brent Smith, Reading Teacher

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