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ISBN: 9780753460252
Author: Geras, Adele
Publisher: Kingfisher
Published: 2007-10-01
Retail: $16.95    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: At ten years old, Nefret becomes a handmaid to Cleopatra - the last queen of Egypt. Her diary records her time with the queen, offering a unique insight into the life of this famous and powerful ruler. Fictionally told, factually accurate - Nefret's diary will inspire budding Egyptologists, while two illustrated reference chapters provide further information about ancient Egypt.
Additional Information
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Ancient Civilizations
Target Age Group: 06 to 09
Target Grade: 01 to 04
Grade level: 01 to 04
Physical Information: 0.63" H x 11.67" L x 10.21" W (1.93 lbs) 64 pages
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Reference, Picture Books, Middle School, History, Historical Fiction, Biographies
Grade level(s): 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring)
Cleopatra comes to life through fictional journal entries written by her young handmaid. The pages also include brief captionlike facts and cartoon-style illustrations that feature Cleopatra's personality and romantic relationships with Rome's leaders. An eighteen-page nonfiction section follows, providing a straightforward overview of life in ancient Egypt. Despite the gimmick, this two-pronged approach works. Timeline. Glos., ind. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 October #3)
Adele Geras explores the life of one of the world's most powerful and notorious women in Cleopatra, illus. by M.P. Robertson, presented as the personal diary of Nefret, the queen's handmaid. Kids will learn about Cleopatra's involvement with Julius Caesar, the daily workings of the Egyptian palace and marketplace, and other historical facts. Neither text nor illustrations shy away from grimmer moments in Cleopatra's life. (Kingfisher, $16.95 64p ages 6-10 ISBN 9780-753-46025-2; Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 June)

Gr 3–6— The first part of this book is the fictionalized diary of Nefret, one of Cleopatra's young handmaidens. Many of the traditional stories surrounding Cleopatra and her dealings with the Romans are related, some of which are perhaps not completely true. The second part gives the historical background of ancient Egypt at the time of the queen's rule in a style reminiscent of the "Eyewitness" series (DK), while also tying the history into elements of Nefret's story. Because the whole book is relating aspects of both Egyptian and Roman history in relatively little text, it can only cover part of the story. The narrative, however, is not vague, and the second half has wonderful details about hairstyles, meals, and religion. The map of Alexandra adds great context, and the glossary and index make for easy navigation. The cover, with its three-dimensional jewels, is similar to that of the "Ologies" series (Candlewick), but the inside contains none of the extras, although it is no less exciting. The diary half of the book is illustrated with splashy full-color cartoon-style characters that have little bearing on reality (for example, Cleopatra is depicted as quite beautiful), but are humorous. The historical half has some illustrations but is mainly filled with photos of artifacts and paintings of ancient Egypt. This is a fun approach to Cleopatra's life and history, and readers will find it educational and entertaining.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA

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