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Treasury of Egyptian mythology : classic stories of gods, goddesses, monsters & mortals
Napoli, Donna Jo, 1948- , author.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2013]

Physical Description:
192 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm.
An illustrated tableau of Egyptian myths, combines narrative accounts of the stories of the Sun God Ra, the Sphinx, and numerous pharaohs and queens along with historical, cultural, and geographic facts.--
Ra (Helios) : god of radiance -- The great Pesedjet : a hierarchy of gods -- Set (Seth) : envious god -- Aset (Isis) : devoted wife and mother -- Usir (Osiris) : god of the afterlife -- Nebet Hut (Nephthys) : goddess of service -- Heru Sa Aset (Horus the Younger) : young warrior god and king -- Inpu (Anubis) : god of mummification -- Tefnut (Tphenis) : goddess of moisture -- The great Nile : the source of so much -- Tehuti (Thoth) : god of knowledge -- Heru Wer (Horus the Elder) : winged sun disk and protector of Egypt -- Hut Heru (Hathor) : goddess of delights -- Sekhmet (Sachmis) : goddess of vengeance -- Nit (Neith) : warrior goddess and weaver of the cosmos -- Khnum (Chnoumis) : god of the potter's wheel -- Sobek (Souchos) : crocodile god -- Bastet (Bast) : cat goddess -- Funeral rites : the importance of preparation and judgment -- Imhotep (Imuthes) : god of medicine and architecture -- Map of ancient Egypt -- Time line of ancient Egypt -- Cast of characters.
Reading Level:
860 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.6 5.0 163614.
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BL2441.3 .N356 2013 Juvenile Non-Fiction New Materials
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The new National Geographic Treasury of Egyptian Mythology is a stunning tableau of Egyptian myths, including those of pharaohs, queens, the boisterous Sun God Ra, and legendary creatures like the Sphinx. The lyrical storytelling of award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli dramatizes the timeless tales of ancient Egypt in the year when Angelina Jolie will make Cleopatra a multimedia star. And just like the popular National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology , the stories in this book will be beautifully illustrated to bring ancient characters vividly to life.

The stories are embellished with sidebars that provide historical, cultural, and geographic context and a mapping feature that adds to the fun and fascination. Resource notes and ample back matter direct readers to discover more about ancient Egypt. With its attractive design and beautiful narrative, this accessible treasury stands out from all other mythology titles in the marketplace.

Author Notes

Donna Jo Napoli was born on February 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in mathematics, an M.A. in Italian literature, and a Ph.D. in general and romance linguistics from Harvard University. She has taught on the university level since 1970, is widely published in scholarly journals, and has received numerous grants and fellowships in the area of linguistics.

In the area of linguistics, she has authored five books, co-authored six books, edited one book, and co-edited five books. She is also a published poet and co-editor of four volumes of poetry. Her first middle grade novel, Soccer Shock, was published in 1991. Her other novels include the Zel, Beast, The Wager, Lights on the Nile, Skin, Storm, Hidden, and Dark Shimmer. She is also the author of several picture books including Flamingo Dream, The Wishing Club: A Story About Fractions, Corkscrew Counts: A Story About Multiplication, The Crossing, A Single Pearl, and Hands and Hearts. She has received several awards including the New Jersey Reading Association's M. Jerry Weiss Book Award for The Prince of the Pond and the Golden Kite Award for Stones in Water.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Accomplished children's author Napoli has her finger on the pulse of what young people want to read, and Egypt, with its mummies, pharaohs, and pyramids, is a perennial favorite. Yet Egyptian mythology remains somewhat ignored, making the content of this book, while familiar, feel quite fresh. It begins with a brief introduction to the genesis of Egyptian culture and a primer on its glyphs and naming conventions. Creation stories and enmeshed tales of a panoply of gods are told in a highly stylized way. (An illustrated cast of characters in the back matter clarifies the confusing litany of deities.) Balit's Egyptian-styled illustrations are spectacular and given a proper sandstone-and-tile border. Egyptian mythology is not nearly as common as its Greek and Roman counterparts, but is every bit as engaging, lyrical, and reflective of the cultural beliefs of the civilization in which it finds its origins. This hefty compendium should offer something new for the most ardent mythology fans.--Anderson, Erin Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this excellent companion volume to Treasury of Greek Mythology, Napoli and Balit introduce a panoply of Egyptian gods, goddesses, and other characters, while placing them in the context of Egyptian history, culture, and social mores. Balit's captivating illustrations mimic the decorative art styles of ancient Egyptians, with manicured lines, prominent use of gold, and detailed patterns. Napoli's gripping and candid prose informs while offering the immediacy of a contemporary fantasy novel: "Wrath made Sekhmet blood-crazed. She was vengeance incarnate. Death seemed attracted to her." Sidebars provide additional insights into the lives of ancient Egyptians and other topics, from a brief description of papyrus-making to the rights of Egyptian women under ancient law. These mythological beings emerge as fully formed characters through equally powerful storytelling and images. Ages 8-12. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-Ra spits on the ground and a goddess springs forth. A devoted wife holds a flower so her husband may inhale the scent and a baby appears among the petals. A woman mourns and fertile farmland turns to dust. Prolific storyteller Napoli brings the ancient Egyptian gods to life for modern readers-their jealousies, passions, and grief are the driving forces in tales that explain creation, the seasons, the afterlife, and natural phenomena. Napoli's tone is swaying and intimate, earthy and incantatory, as if she were spinning tales aloud. "In the beginning.ah, many stories open that way." Sentences are fragmented, phrases are repeated, and wonderfully descriptive images are drawn from the physical world: tinkling jewelry, "thorns of anger," hot winds carrying grinding sand. Balit's glowing illustrations combine the flat, frontal style of ancient tomb paintings with flowing, graceful shapes. Curiously, the artist has chosen a very light skin tone for most of the Egyptians-both divine and human-in her paintings, with no explanation offered. Text pages are adorned with patterned borders, textured margins, and scattered stylized stars in gold. These effects, combined with stiff paper and a color palette drawn from semiprecious stones and metals, lend the book a weighty, sacramental quality. A lyrical retelling of the braided, interwoven, sometimes contradictory stories from the land of the Sphinx.-Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.