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Putnam, James.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dorling Kindersley, 2000.
Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
940 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.4 1.0 17238.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.9 5 Quiz: 18173 Guided reading level: U.


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DT63 .P988 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Illus. with full-color photos. Unlock the secrets to the  mysterious monuments of the ancient world--from Egyptian pyramids, built before the invention of the wheel, to amazing Aztec and Maya edifices.  

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-There are quite a few books for children on this subject, such as David Macaulay's Pyramid (Houghton, 1975), George Hart's Ancient Egypt (Harcourt, 1989), and Jacqueline Morley's An Egyptian Pyramid (Peter Bedrick, 1991), but most of them use drawings as illustrations, whereas Putnam's has full-color photographs. The best coverage is given to Egyptian tombs, but pyramids in Nubia, Mexico, and Central America are also described. In addition to sharing information on what is known about the Egyptian pyramids, Putnam also mentions unsolved riddles about them, such as how many workers built them, how the stones were moved, etc. Occasionally, the author makes conjectures about why things were done or how people felt. The information here is similar to that found in the titles mentioned above, but the photo-essay format is a novelty.-Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

What are pyramids?p. 6
Built for a kingp. 8
The great Step Pyramidp. 10
The Step Pyramid complexp. 12
First true pyramidsp. 14
The pyramids of Gizap. 16
The pharaohs of Gizap. 18
The Great Pyramidp. 20
Inside the pyramidp. 22
Temples and offeringsp. 24
The Sphinxp. 26
Funeral boatsp. 28
Planning the pyramidp. 30
Building in brick and stonep. 32
Tools for buildingp. 34
The pyramid risesp. 36
A slow declinep. 38
The Middle Kingdom revivalp. 40
Pyramidionsp. 44
Riddles of the pyramidsp. 46
Pyramids of Nubiap. 48
Pharaohs of Nubiap. 50
A queen's treasurep. 52
Pyramids of Mexicop. 54
Mayan pyramidsp. 56
Aztec pyramidsp. 60
The pyramid lives onp. 62
Indexp. 64