We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge 2015 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, as well as reading challenges that we have pledged to join this year.
We have just launched our new reading theme for May-June: Walking the Literary Silk Road – China and the Middle East.
I chanced upon this picturebook biography in our library shelves and I immediately grabbed it as I know it is perfect for our Middle East theme.
Written and Illustrated by: Demi
Published by: Marshall Cavendish, 2009
Book borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.
I confess that much of what I know about Egyptian Pharaohs and Tutankhamun I learned from the movie The Mummy. In this picturebook biography, Demi has outdone herself once again by providing exquisitely-detailed art and significant historical information that makes this Egyptian King’s life accessible even to a young reader.
Demi started off the book by citing an Ancient Egyptian proverb inviting the reader to fall in love with the beauty of Egypt. Then Demi began the story with King Thutmose IV, ruler of Egypt from 1419-1386 BCE, great grandfather of King Tutankhamun. It is clear from the story how life during those times was dominated primarily by faith and religion.
While there were Egyptians who worshiped a sun god named Amun, Thutmose IV had a clear vision of the god Aten, whom he followed. This belief was passed down to Tutankhamun’s father, King Akhenaten who decreed that the Egyptians should only worship Aten, the sun disk. This naturally caused a great deal of unhappiness which lead to betrayal and secrets kept for thousands of years (the burial site of Tutankhamun, for one) – and the rest as they say is history.
This is a fascinating account of Tutankhamen’s life – condensed in easily-digestible information by Demi. The art is also simply inspired:
Definitely a book that needs to be added in any multicultural library.