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Gift Of The Nile - Pbk Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-15 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:0816762295
LANGUAGE:English

"Title: Gift of the Nile
Author: Jan M. Mike
Genre: Non-Eurpeon Folk Tale
Theme: Slavery, Friendship, Loyalty

Opening Line/Sentence: In the time when Senefru was Pharaoh over all of Egypt, a young girl named Mutemwia came to live in the Royal Palace.

Summary: Long ago in Egypt a young slave becomes friends with a Pharoh. The young slave is unhappy because she is not free to live in the world. Once the slave becomes free she still stays friends with the Pharoh- showing that true friendship is the most important thing.

Professional Recommendation #1: From the School Library Journal: Grade 1-3-- Based upon an ancient hieroglyph, this folktale tells of the Pharoah Senefru and the young woman, Mutemwia, who is given to him by her father as a gift. Wise, talented, and forthright, she soon becomes the Pharoah's special confidante. But when she confesses her homesickness to him, he imprisons her. Soon he, too, loses interest in life, and asks his magician for help. In the end, Mutemwia is granted her freedom, but she remains Senefru's truest friend. Mike's retelling is vivid in places, but stilted language and a choppy style reduce its power and appeal. The story itself goes in too many directions to build effectively. Although there is some explanatory material on the last page, there is no pronunciation guide. The characters in Reasoner's illustrations don't have mouths. If this is a characteristic of hieroglyphs, an explanation, or at least a reproduction of a hieroglyph of a human (other objects are offered on the last page) would be useful. Problems with color reproduction give the characters inconsistent skin tones. While the illustrations pick up many of the motifs of the hieroglyphs, as well as pyramids first built by Senefru, both the visuals and the text are, at best, average.

Professional Recommendation #2:
Review by Choice Review
Contact with Egypt is one of the principal themes of archaic and classical Greek cultural history. Evidence of that contact and its influence can be found in the writings of most Greek authors and numerous types of Greek art. By providing the first comprehensive account in English of the Greek discourse on Egypt, Vasunia (classics, Univ. of Southern California) fills a major gap in classical scholarship in seven lucid and jargon-free chapters tracing the discourse from Aeschylus to Alexander the Great. The author highlights Athenian sexual fantasies about Egyptian men in Aeschylus' Suppliants; Herodotus' innovative treatment of Egyptian space and time in his Egyptian logos; the conflict between Greek and Egyptian theories of writing; and mythical views of Egypt in Isocrates' Busiris and Plato's Atlantis stories. Among the few weaknesses in this excellent study, two stand out: the anachronistic assimilation of ancient Greeks to the category of "European" and the exaggeration of the significance of Hegelian ideas for the practice as opposed to the philosophy of history. This fine study well illustrates the application of relevant literary theory to classical texts, and belongs in the libraries of all universities. S. M. Burstein California State University, Los Angeles

Personal Response: I personally thought this book had great illustrations and I really enjoyed the plot. Having little to no knowledge on African Folktales I thought this had a really good story line and theme. I do agree that some of the hieroglyphics were confusing and could have been better explained.

Evaluation of Literary Elements: Although the hieroglyphics were confusing, I thought that this was an important thing to include in an African Folk Tale. The language of this book is easy, meant for children in the lower grades. One thing I also thought may be difficult is the nouns because they are all from ancient Egypt.

Consideration of Instructional Application: I think it would be fun for students to watch a movie on ancient Eygpt to learn more. I also found a game online that helps match hierogpyhics to words, I think this would be a fun activity for students as well and a good way for them to learn more about ancient Egypt and their way of communication.
" said.

" Beautiful illustrations with stilted storytelling. Who says you have to write a legend in overwrought passive voice? " said.

"Title: Gift of the Nile
Author: Jan M. Mike
Genre: Non-Eurpeon Folk Tale
Theme: Slavery, Friendship, Loyalty

Opening Line/Sentence: In the time when Senefru was Pharaoh over all of Egypt, a young girl named Mutemwia came to live in the Royal Palace.

Summary: Long ago in Egypt a young slave becomes friends with a Pharoh. The young slave is unhappy because she is not free to live in the world. Once the slave becomes free she still stays friends with the Pharoh- showing that true friendship is the most important thing.

Professional Recommendation #1: From the School Library Journal: Grade 1-3-- Based upon an ancient hieroglyph, this folktale tells of the Pharoah Senefru and the young woman, Mutemwia, who is given to him by her father as a gift. Wise, talented, and forthright, she soon becomes the Pharoah's special confidante. But when she confesses her homesickness to him, he imprisons her. Soon he, too, loses interest in life, and asks his magician for help. In the end, Mutemwia is granted her freedom, but she remains Senefru's truest friend. Mike's retelling is vivid in places, but stilted language and a choppy style reduce its power and appeal. The story itself goes in too many directions to build effectively. Although there is some explanatory material on the last page, there is no pronunciation guide. The characters in Reasoner's illustrations don't have mouths. If this is a characteristic of hieroglyphs, an explanation, or at least a reproduction of a hieroglyph of a human (other objects are offered on the last page) would be useful. Problems with color reproduction give the characters inconsistent skin tones. While the illustrations pick up many of the motifs of the hieroglyphs, as well as pyramids first built by Senefru, both the visuals and the text are, at best, average.

Professional Recommendation #2:
Review by Choice Review
Contact with Egypt is one of the principal themes of archaic and classical Greek cultural history. Evidence of that contact and its influence can be found in the writings of most Greek authors and numerous types of Greek art. By providing the first comprehensive account in English of the Greek discourse on Egypt, Vasunia (classics, Univ. of Southern California) fills a major gap in classical scholarship in seven lucid and jargon-free chapters tracing the discourse from Aeschylus to Alexander the Great. The author highlights Athenian sexual fantasies about Egyptian men in Aeschylus' Suppliants; Herodotus' innovative treatment of Egyptian space and time in his Egyptian logos; the conflict between Greek and Egyptian theories of writing; and mythical views of Egypt in Isocrates' Busiris and Plato's Atlantis stories. Among the few weaknesses in this excellent study, two stand out: the anachronistic assimilation of ancient Greeks to the category of "European" and the exaggeration of the significance of Hegelian ideas for the practice as opposed to the philosophy of history. This fine study well illustrates the application of relevant literary theory to classical texts, and belongs in the libraries of all universities. S. M. Burstein California State University, Los Angeles

Personal Response: I personally thought this book had great illustrations and I really enjoyed the plot. Having little to no knowledge on African Folktales I thought this had a really good story line and theme. I do agree that some of the hieroglyphics were confusing and could have been better explained.

Evaluation of Literary Elements: Although the hieroglyphics were confusing, I thought that this was an important thing to include in an African Folk Tale. The language of this book is easy, meant for children in the lower grades. One thing I also thought may be difficult is the nouns because they are all from ancient Egypt.

Consideration of Instructional Application: I think it would be fun for students to watch a movie on ancient Eygpt to learn more. I also found a game online that helps match hierogpyhics to words, I think this would be a fun activity for students as well and a good way for them to learn more about ancient Egypt and their way of communication.
" said.

"Title: Gift of the Nile
Author: Jan M. Mike
Genre: Non-Eurpeon Folk Tale
Theme: Slavery, Friendship, Loyalty

Opening Line/Sentence: In the time when Senefru was Pharaoh over all of Egypt, a young girl named Mutemwia came to live in the Royal Palace.

Summary: Long ago in Egypt a young slave becomes friends with a Pharoh. The young slave is unhappy because she is not free to live in the world. Once the slave becomes free she still stays friends with the Pharoh- showing that true friendship is the most important thing.

Professional Recommendation #1: From the School Library Journal: Grade 1-3-- Based upon an ancient hieroglyph, this folktale tells of the Pharoah Senefru and the young woman, Mutemwia, who is given to him by her father as a gift. Wise, talented, and forthright, she soon becomes the Pharoah's special confidante. But when she confesses her homesickness to him, he imprisons her. Soon he, too, loses interest in life, and asks his magician for help. In the end, Mutemwia is granted her freedom, but she remains Senefru's truest friend. Mike's retelling is vivid in places, but stilted language and a choppy style reduce its power and appeal. The story itself goes in too many directions to build effectively. Although there is some explanatory material on the last page, there is no pronunciation guide. The characters in Reasoner's illustrations don't have mouths. If this is a characteristic of hieroglyphs, an explanation, or at least a reproduction of a hieroglyph of a human (other objects are offered on the last page) would be useful. Problems with color reproduction give the characters inconsistent skin tones. While the illustrations pick up many of the motifs of the hieroglyphs, as well as pyramids first built by Senefru, both the visuals and the text are, at best, average.

Professional Recommendation #2:
Review by Choice Review
Contact with Egypt is one of the principal themes of archaic and classical Greek cultural history. Evidence of that contact and its influence can be found in the writings of most Greek authors and numerous types of Greek art. By providing the first comprehensive account in English of the Greek discourse on Egypt, Vasunia (classics, Univ. of Southern California) fills a major gap in classical scholarship in seven lucid and jargon-free chapters tracing the discourse from Aeschylus to Alexander the Great. The author highlights Athenian sexual fantasies about Egyptian men in Aeschylus' Suppliants; Herodotus' innovative treatment of Egyptian space and time in his Egyptian logos; the conflict between Greek and Egyptian theories of writing; and mythical views of Egypt in Isocrates' Busiris and Plato's Atlantis stories. Among the few weaknesses in this excellent study, two stand out: the anachronistic assimilation of ancient Greeks to the category of "European" and the exaggeration of the significance of Hegelian ideas for the practice as opposed to the philosophy of history. This fine study well illustrates the application of relevant literary theory to classical texts, and belongs in the libraries of all universities. S. M. Burstein California State University, Los Angeles

Personal Response: I personally thought this book had great illustrations and I really enjoyed the plot. Having little to no knowledge on African Folktales I thought this had a really good story line and theme. I do agree that some of the hieroglyphics were confusing and could have been better explained.

Evaluation of Literary Elements: Although the hieroglyphics were confusing, I thought that this was an important thing to include in an African Folk Tale. The language of this book is easy, meant for children in the lower grades. One thing I also thought may be difficult is the nouns because they are all from ancient Egypt.

Consideration of Instructional Application: I think it would be fun for students to watch a movie on ancient Eygpt to learn more. I also found a game online that helps match hierogpyhics to words, I think this would be a fun activity for students as well and a good way for them to learn more about ancient Egypt and their way of communication.
" said.

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