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Fun With Hieroglyphs

Fun With Hieroglyphs

Fall 2008 Doing & Learning
Ages: 8 & Up
Author: Catharine Roehrig
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4169-6114-7
Hardcover Price: $24.99
Anyone who has been intrigued by, and curious about, the hieroglyphic writing of ancient Egypt will find a wealth of information (and fun) in this innovative kit from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. An instructive 48-page book explains that hieroglyphs were originally picture words, but some of them later began to represent individual sounds roughly analogous to our alphabet. The 24 fine quality rubber stamps included with the kit are those single-sound hieroglyphs. The book leads readers through exercises in stamping words in hieroglyphs, matching words to hieroglyphs, and writing like an Egyptian by arranging the hieroglyphs in artful patterns. Nine puzzles and matching games are included (with answers, of course) so children can track their progress. One of our testers was inspired to give new meanings to some of the hieroglyphs (prince, princess, Cinderella, glass slipper, sister #1, sister #2 and stepmother) so she could print her favorite fairy tale.
Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2008 Parents' Choice

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