Know-It-All: Ancient Egypt (Weird But True!)

by Sarah Wassner Flynn (Author)

Know-It-All: Ancient Egypt (Weird But True!)
Reading Level: 6th − 7th Grade
Series: Weird But True!
Powerful pharaohs, deadly curses, beautiful queens, legendary cities, tombs filled with gold ... you'll know it all by the time you finish this smart and wacky book! Did you know that ancient Egyptians formed the world's first police force? The 365-day calendar? We have ancient Egypt to thank for that, too! And the next time your parents tell you to brush your teeth, you can tell them that ancient Egyptians invented the first toothbrush and toothpaste. In this cool book, you'll find out what life was like 3,000 years ago along the banks of the Nile River, explore the lives of famous pharaohs determined to leave their mark no matter the cost, and get the lowdown on famous battles for power. Discover weird facts about famous people, from Cleopatra to King Tut--and about famous places, from Alexandria to Thebes. It's a must-have for all budding Egyptologists, archaeologists, or kids who want to be in-the-know about this fascinating civilization!
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Gr 3-7-This new edition to the series is packed with information on every conceivable aspect of ancient Egypt's art, history, culture, mythology, science, and technology. Every spread of this almost 200-page volume covers a different subsection of ancient Egyptian knowledge. There are spreads featuring the rise of the Ptolemaic dynasty, Cleopatra and her political and personal relationships with Roman Empire leaders, famous myths in Egyptian history and the truths behind them, as well as explanations of everyday life in ancient Egypt. Everything from the visual layout of this book to the tone and language of the text is pitch-perfect for an upper elementary audience. While the glossary and the index seem sparse for a book that conveys so much information, it's hard to fault an informational text that includes a discussion of gender roles. VERDICT This bizarrely fun take on ancient Egypt will attract elementary students who aspire to truly "know it all."-Kelly Kingrey-Edwards, Blinn Junior College, Brenham, TX

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Sarah Wassner Flynn
SARAH WASSNER FLYNN has authored several children's nonfiction books for National Geographic. Her most recent titles include Weird But True Know It All: Greek Mythology; This Book is Cute!; The Ultimate Book of Sharks; This Book Stinks!: Gross Garbage, Rotten Rubbish, and the Science of Trash; Awesome 8 Extreme; 1,000 Facts About the White House; Animal Records; and Awesome 8. She has also contributed to the New York Times best-selling National Geographic Kids Almanac as well as the popular Weird But True! book series, including Weird But True! Gross, Weird But True! Food, and Weird But True! Christmas. A competitive amateur triathlete, Flynn has earned All-American honors from USA Triathlon for four years in a row, placing 7th in the nation at the Olympic distance for her age group in 2017. Also in 2017, she qualified to represent Team USA at three different World Championships (Olympic distance, 70.3, and Aquathlon).
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
National Geographic Kids
Publication date
August 27, 2019
Weird But True!
BISAC categories
JUV000000 - Juvenile Fiction | General
Library of Congress categories
Social life and customs

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