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Streissguth, Thomas, 1958-
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
An overview of Egypt emphasizing its cultural aspects.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.8 1.0 4352.
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DT49 .S87 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Bringing culture studies to the middle grades, each book in Carolrhoda's Globe-trotters Club series gives readers fun and factual information on a country's most important aspects. Each title also examines its landforms and major ethnic groups. Each two-page spread -- supported by full-color photographs and eye-catching sidebars -- is self-contained for easy reading and reporting.

Author Notes

Thomas Streissguth is an author who grew up in the Midwest. He worked in New York in magazines for four years and as a juvenile book editor in Minneapolis for six. He has published about 40 books of non-fiction: biographies, history, geography books, and the like. His title's include: Dracula, Cleopatra, Hoaxers and Hustlers, Jack London, and Vladmir Putin.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-A culture as rich and complex as Egypt's cannot be surveyed and summarized easily, but with vibrant color photographs and easy-to-follow narrative, Streissguth manages to provide an informative snapshot. The book opens with a map clearly showing the desert area in contrast to the narrow strip of green along the Nile River where most of the country's 65 million people live. Family structure, city life in Cairo, celebrations, education, shopping, and pyramids and mummies are some of the topics covered in two-page chapters. Characteristics of the population are noted but not in great detail, e.g., the Nubians are described as living in the southernmost part of Egypt, but no mention is made of their dislocation by the construction of the Aswan Dam. Wordplay is frequently used as a hook to draw readers, e.g., the term fellah means male farmer, and the chapter on agriculture is titled "Good Fellahs." The photographs are identical to those in Egypt (Carolrhoda, 1999) in the "A Ticket To" series by the same author. The flag is pictured, but its symbolism is defined differently in Alasdair Tenquist's Egypt (RSVP, 1995). While the statistics in Karen Jacobsen's Egypt (Children's, 1990; o.p.) are not as current, its organization provides a more satisfying glimpse into the culture. Consider Streissguth's title as a secondary purchase.-Frances E. Millhouser, Chantilly Regional Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.