Pros: Packed with information, secret drawer, great artwork.
If you are a fan of the Wizardology, Egyptology or Fairyopolis books then you will absolutely love what Tomb Hunters has to offer. It is set up the same way as the above mentioned books and is packed with a lot of great information. This makes for a great gift for anyone that is in to Egyptian history and can be a great way to get kids motivated to learn about the subject. Coolest parts of the book: two blue gems in the front cover that give the sphinx an awesome look, secret pop our drawer that is activated by pressing the gem on the cartouche, fold open flaps with timelines of pharaohs and other related topics, hard cover book, part of a great series and extremely reasonably priced. Ok, so that is the short version, if you want more information about this book, read on!
I came across this at a new store called Five Below; they sell everything in the store for five dollars or less. In addition to this book I also got a couple of boxes of Star Wars trading cards, Neopets plushies [brand new with Key Quest Tokens] and some other books. This was priced at four dollars but I have to say, it is worth at least twice that much because of all of the cool things that it contains and that super sweet secret drawer. On the back of the book it has a price of $19.95 American, $24.00 Canadian so getting this for four dollars in mint condition was a real steal. Needless to say, I will be hitting Five Below on a regular basis now that I know that they have a huge book section.
Tomb Hunters is part of the Trailblazers series. It is a large, heavy hard cover book with thick pages, interactive flaps and tons of information. There are about thirty five pages to the book section with information about ancient Egyptians, art, everyday life, mummification and how the workers went about building different types of pyramids. Some of the other things that you will read about include the various gods that the people worshiped, sacred buildings, various tombs, canopic jars, the importance in belief of the afterlife and some of the animals that were often mummified and placed inside tombs and pyramids. Some of the best information is found inside the flaps that are scattered around the book. These include 'Ancient Egypt', 'Tomb of Rameses III', 'Preserving Jars', 'Inside The Main Temple' and 'Preserving Jars'.
What makes this book an excellent thing for kids whoa re learning about Egypt is that there is a limited amount of information. Now wait, don't get all flustered. Because there is a limited amount of information it means that kids are given a specific key point and left to do their own research about it. Even though I have read a lot about Egypt and its history and people, I did pick up a few things when I read through this. One thing I didn't know was that there were four smaller obelisks built around the Royal Obelisk. Queen Hatshepsut ordered the 97 foot monument built then four smaller ones were dedicated to the gods after Thutmosis III had a wall built to block the view of the original structure. I knew that there were obelisks built but through that there were only two erected, not four.
The Secret Drawer: Towards the back of the book there is a secret drawer that is accessed by pushed a gemstone on the cartouche. Inside the drawer there are stickers, a pyramid that you can build, King Tut Death Mask, Senet game board and scarabs used for the Senet game. This stuff alone is worth the four dollars I paid for the book. This was a nice perk to the book and something that is well made so no matter how much kids open and close it, it isn't going to break. If you check this out and like it, there are some others from Running Press that you might want to look in to getting. They include the "Ancient Egypt Treasure Chest", "Hieroglyphics" book with Mehen game board, "Start Exploring Ancient Egypt" and "Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt".
I wouldn't call this a coffee table type of book because it is a little on the large side of things but it is something that can really get kids hooked on learning about Egypt. The photographs are incredible and some of them are raised / textured so the planning behind this book was awesome. Another perk you will come across in the book are the brown Key Find tags that are attached to some of the flaps. This adds another level of interest and can be just the thing to get kids even more motivated to learn. When kids are interested in a subject you can use it as a steppingstone to other subjects. If all books were this well planned, interesting and captivating – we would all be geniuses.
^V^ © 2009 Freak369 ^V^
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