Discovering Egyptians by Richard Platt


Discovering Egyptians by Richard Platt

Discovering Egyptians is an authoritative book about life in Ancient Egypt for 7-11 year olds. It focuses on the golden age of Rameses II when Ancient Egypt was at the height of its power and prosperity. In 14 superbly illustrated sections it covers all aspects of life in the world's first major ancient civilization, from food, transport and dress to housing, religion and health. It also looks in detail at mummies, pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes and hieroglyphs. One section deals with the Nile, Ancient Egypt's lifeblood. Along the bottom of each spread is an exciting story told in verse about a young Egyptian girl who goes on a journey in search of her lost pet bird and has various adventures along the way.

About the Author

Richard Platt

As an artist
I've written about 60 books, mostly factual books for children. My first children's book was Incredible Cross Sections, which had fantastic illustrations by Stephen Biesty. One of the things I enjoy most about writing is that it gives me the chance to work with wonderful illustrators. When Chris Riddell drew the pictures for Castle Diary and Pirate Diary he managed to capture the characters of all the people in the stories exactly as I'd imagined them. I also love writing because people pay me to find out all this fascinating stuff about strange, wacky and obscure subjects. I spend far more time than I should trying to find amazing facts that bring a subject to life. I trawl through books at home (I've got 2500) and in dusty libraries.

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32 pages


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Publication date

29th February 2008



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