- File Size: 139151 KB
- Print Length: 229 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (August 5, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 5, 2015
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00SECZHA4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Treasury of Egyptian Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters & Mortals (National Geographic Kids) Kindle Edition
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A typical passage: "But she was defiant. Though she was not beside Usir physically, she was beside him in thoughts. The last night they were together, he had said she was like the welcome north wind on the hottest days. He called her the sweet wind that refreshes, and that new name now lived around her as an aura. It brushed her cheek so softly that she couldn't help but turn her face toward it, like a babe turns to meet the source of food. She felt more enlivened with each day. Yes, she could manage in this life -- yes, this was good."
Definitely read a few pages before buying, in case to your liking, or better yet skip entirely.
Unfortunately, the author added feelings and thoughts that weren't felt or thought in the original stories as the Egyptians told them, and only included stories about the most interesting or main gods; Ra and Tefnut (completely leaving out her brother Shu), Aset, Set, Usir, Nebet Hut, Heru Sa Aset, Inpu, Tehuti, Heru Wer, Hut Heru, Sekhmet, Nit, Khnum, Imhotep, Sobek, and Bastet (leaving out the other animal gods Maftet, Taweret, Hapu, and Heket). She also left out Nut and Geb, but that's fine as they never do anything (they're the sky and the earth), and Satet.
And my final opinion: this is a great book that I highly recommend, and even though she left out quite a few gods, I think the ones she left out aren't completely needed. Also, the added feelings and thoughts give more life to the story, making it more engaging for older readers. I think that you'll love this book.
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If your child is sensitive, do not buy this book.
Esta lleno de ilustraciónes y está enorme, un poco delgado pero enorme y de verdad permite apreciar cada detalle de las ilustraciónes.
Los peros que le pongo es que si la autora, cuya abuela materna nació en Alejandría, pudo cambiar algunos de los nombres tradicionales de los personajes por otros más cercanos a los "originales" el color de la piel en las ilustraciónes sea tan blanco cuando hasta en la producción cinematográfica más blanca se molesten en cuando menos darle una bronceadita a los actores a pesar de que la ilustradora es mitad Armenia.
However the way this book is written is hard to follow and the wording seems like a poorly translated book that was never edited to be proper english.