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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Storytelling
Pharaohs and Queens of Ancient Egypt

Pharaohs and Queens of Ancient Egypt

Spring 2016 Storytelling
Ages: 7 & Up
CD Price: $14.95
Review:

Jim Weiss has been a familiar voice in households and minivans for 25 years. It's no wonder that his catalog of recordings is a key element of many homeschooling and "car-schooling" programs.

Did you know that one powerful ruler of Egypt was actually a woman? Since the pharaoh needed to be a man, the young woman Hatshepsut transformed herself, assuming all the ceremonial trappings of male authority, from headgear to a false beard and ruled as a male. Her unusual reign was much longer and more consequential than that of the more famous King Tut, whose significance was more in the drama of discovery than the deeds of his reign. Was the curse of Tut real?

Pharaohs and Queens of Ancient Egypt combines history and storytelling to present Ancient Egypt in all its rich wonder. From the geographic significance of the Nile River to the lives of the Pharaohs to the archeological discovery of Tut's tomb, Weiss expertly presents the world of ancient Egypt in a way that is accessible and interesting to listeners from elementary to junior high age. He becomes a one-man cast, acting out the drama of Egyptian history through his varied and convincing voices, creating the drama and excitement that brings the material to life. /p>

Sam Hillers   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Sam Hillers is a former investment analyst turned teacher of English and history. In addition to his academic pursuits, he loves blues and soul music, racehorses, hot sauce, Asian markets, craft beer, YA fiction, and well-made toys. Whenever possible, he shares these passions with his three boys: Bo, Redding, and Mason.


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