Mummy (DK Eyewitness Books)

by James Putnam

Hardcover, 2009



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932 Put





DK Children (2009), Edition: Har/Com, 72 pages, $16.99 (Feb. 2018)


Documents the history and significance of mummies, both natural and man-made, and describes the principles and ceremonies associated with them.

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72 p.; 8.81 inches

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A visual documentary of the history and legends of mummies. This very attractive book covers the topic completely, exploring every dimension of mummies, not just the well known Egyptian variety. Natural mummies and man-made mummies, South American embalming customs and Egyptian, and the many
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beliefs that contributed to the process. Along with this wealth of information are an abundance of high quality photographs of every item imaginable, from dissected mummies to old movie posters.

What a great book for lovers of ancient Egyptology. For some reason, that topic has a broad appeal to children and adults alike. This book builds on that interest and uses it to teach children about the wider ranging use of mummies and their cultural implications. I personally learned a lot reading this, and I thought I already knew a bit about the topic. The information is contained in small paragraphs or picture captions, so it is not too overwhelming. This is an optimal presentation of a wealth of information, much like the other books in the Eyewitness series.
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