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Kids Nonfiction 160
Mummies Unwrapped
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
What worked: Fascinating portrayal of what was behind the process of ancient mummies. There's a lot to love about this non-fiction factual account of one part of ancient Egypt. Published in collaboration with the British Museum, the author goes step by step on what was involved in the mummification process.

Accurate descriptions include how the dead body was prepared for mummification; how long the process took; an embalmer's toolkit; where the organs went; and much more! There are little-known facts which are included in 'mummy mistakes'. One fact was that some animal mummies were in fact pieced together with other animals.

As a former fifth grade teacher, I would have loved to had access to this book while teaching the ancient civilizations unit. The illustrations are bright and add to the engaging material.

There's a glossary in the back with terms that are often used.

A must-add to any fifth-grade classroom curriculum when students study Egypt. Also perfect for Egyptologists in training.
Good Points
1. Fascinating portrayal of the behind-the-scenes of ancient mummies
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