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Who Built the Pyramid?


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Meredith Hooper uses the storybook form in WHO BUILT THE PYRAMID? to make the latest research accessible for a young audience. Meredith Hooper is an historian by training and the author of many books, ranging in subject from Antarctica to aviation, from the history of water to the history of inventions. Robin Heighway-Bury has been illustrating for sixteen years but this is his first book for children. Robin Heighway-Bury lives in London, and found inspiration for his illustrations for WHO BUILT THE PYRAMID? at the Egyptian galleries at the British Museum, which is just a short distance from his studio.


In Meredith Hooper's Who Built the Pyramid?, illus. by Robin Heighway-Bury, the opening spreads introduce different players in Egyptian history, all claiming responsibility for the construction of King Senwosret's pyramid. Readers finally get the facts in the back pages, packed with reportage about the pyramids' planning and later, its pillaging. At times, the text raises more questions than it answers, but the watercolor and computer-generated illustrations reflect the warm tones of the desert civilization. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Gr 3-8-Through a combination of fiction and nonfiction, Hooper describes the construction of Senwosret's pyramid in Egypt 4000 years ago. On each illustrated spread, a different person claims to have built the pyramid, from Montuhotep, who designed it, to Inyotef, who sculpted the capstone, to Wah, who carried water to workers at the site. Some of the figures are real, others are fictional but together they ask readers to consider how many people it took to accomplish this great feat. The oversized computer drawings in bold, bright colors are striking. Final pages provide additional information on the planning, building, and robbing of the tomb. Color photos of the site and artifacts accompany this section. Although there are a number of titles for this audience on pyramids, this book approaches the topic in a unique way.-Betsy Barnett, Eads School District, CO Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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