The past four weeks, we have been focusing on Ancient Egypt and its gods. To do so, we’ve used a number of books for information. Most of these I’ve talked about in my weekly wrap-ups (and I’m copying those reviews), but it’s useful to put them all together in one place.
The Egyptology Handbook: A Course in the Wonders of Egypt by Emily Sands. It has 30 two-page lessons broken into three sections (History, Life and Culture, and Gods and Religion) and is full of illustrations and activities that can be done. The book provides a broad overview of life in Ancient Egypt, without going into too much depth in any one topic.
Everything Ancient Egypt by Crispin Boyer. Again, there are two-page spreads on a specific topic, broken into four major topics (the land, death, life, and fun). This one is full of photographs of actual Egyptian artifacts, including some pretty gruesome mummy pictures. Definitely good for a visual learner.
Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures: Ancient Egypt by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen. This book is out of print, so I’m happy our local library had it. It is full of all the puns you expect from a Magic School Bus book (or TV episode – which are all streaming on Netflix right now!). Make sure you read all the speech bubbles, since that’s where most of the information is found. Mr. Frizzle takes a tour group back to Ancient Egypt and briefly covers all the key points of Egyptian culture.
The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Richard H. Wilkinson. This one was used mostly as a reference book. He breaks down all the gods and goddesses into categories, including male and female anthropomorphic deities, groups, mammalian, avian, reptile, amphibian, fish, invertebrate, insect, and inanimate object deities. There are an amazing number of Egyptian deities!
If you’re doing anything on ancient Egyptian gods, I highly recommend reading Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles series. It’s very similar to the more commonly known Percy Jackson series, but with the Egyptian gods being manifest in certain teenagers. A very exciting story. I’ve reviewed all three of the books – The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire, The Serpent’s Shadow. Just click on a title to see the whole review.
So, if you have any interest in ancient Egypt, you should be able to answer some of your questions with these resources. Enjoy!