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The fourth in Annick’s series of historical jobs is another romp through a unique time and place – in this case, Ancient Egypt. It is similar in format to the others, a little bit of history followed by detailed descriptions of one hundred jobs divided into various categories. While some jobs are basically the same whether you are in the Middle Ages or Ancient Egypt (baker, priest, teacher, doctor), some are specific to this place. Perhaps you would like to be a charioteer, or an architect designing a pyramid, a reed cutter in the Nile, someone who fans the Pharaoh, or maybe you would like to be an embalmer who prepares bodies for their mummy case? Most Egyptian jobs were passed from parent to child so people didn’t usually have a lot of choice.
Author Kristin Butcher brings a chatty, informal tone to the text along with lots of information that is clear and easy to understand. Martha Newbigging, who has illustrated the others in the series, once again has fun with the pictures, using her characteristic cartoon style to extend the information and entertain the reader at the same time. It continues to be an original and useful series that provides young readers with an interesting window into another culture.
Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2009. Vol.32 No.4.
Take an entertaining and insightful stroll through one of history’s most remarkable civilizations. The featured occupations, which range from archer to vizier, are divided into ten groups. Learn about Ancient Egypt through fascinating profiles of the jobs people performed 5,000 years ago. A bibliography and an index are included.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.