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The Story of Tutankhamun by Patricia Cleveland-Peck, illus. Isabel Greenberg.

August 19, 2017

tutankhamunThe Story of Tutankhamun by Patricia Cleveland-Peck, illus. Isabel Greenberg. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2017.

The study of Ancient Egypt is one of the most common throughout  New Zealand schools, I know I once worked for the reference team at Schools Services in the National Library.

This picture book sized reference book for primary, intermediate and even secondary school students would be hard to beat as a reference text. It is the story of boy Pharoah Tutankhamun and the discovery of his burial tomb by Howard Carter in 1922.

It looks at the rivalry between Carter and American Theodore Davis over rights to search for the tomb and the union of Carter and Lord Carnarvon that found the Tomb in the valley of the kings.

The Egyptian Gods and burial rites are simplified so that they are understandable by young students and the mummification procedures make for gruesome but fascinating reading.

The mystery of the curse of opening the Tomb and of Tutankhamun’s death are updated from recent forensic studies and the significance of the find in archaeological terms is described.

The Coup de Grace of this publication is undoubtedly the brilliant illustrations of Isabel Greenburg. She has been true to the Egyptian style and clearly shows the plan of the tomb, the descriptions of the treasures and artifacts found in the tomb and of course of the sarcophagus itself. Her portraits of Carter, Carnarvon and Davis are superb as are those of the Egyptian Gods and Pharoahs.

This book leaves for dead any webpages that may cover the same subject. An essential purchase for school libraries with the cover saying read me.

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