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Living in . . . Egypt Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-21 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1481497138
LANGUAGE:English

" Living in... is a series that will introduce beginning readers to kids from around the world. We learn some of the different geographies of the land and some of the major cities. Then, we spend a day in the life of each child from getting to ready for school to the end of the day. In between, we learn a little bit of history and some other facts pertaining to arts, culture, or sports. A page of country facts is included at the end. " said.

"For a book that's supposed to explain basic information about the country of Egypt to young children, it completely glosses over pertinent data about how dangerous a place it currently is to live. The narrative makes Egypt seem like any American city, be it New York, San Francisco or Omaha. It also glamorizes and pushes Islam in a way that isn't even remotely realistic. Much less, the history lesson it provides about Arabs invading and taking over Egypt is farcical. To quote: "When Arab Muslims took over Egypt, they brought their religion, language, and culture too. Over hundreds of years, many people CHOSE to follow Islam...". Chose? Chose? Really? The Egyptians were over-ran and forced to submit to Islam under punishment of death. No one chose Islam! I'm all for children learning history at an early age, but this modern take is nothing more than hyper-progressive, politically correct fantasy." said.

"A little girl gives us a tour of her home country of Egypt sharing history, geography, a typical day in her life, and her religion.

So far this series has been very predictable in it's layout, but this one varies from the rest. Instead of following the girl to school and learning most things about the country along with her at school, she tells most things to the reader outside of school. Also in the others in the series pretty much every subject gets an even amount of page space, but this one had a ton of info on Muslim practices...as in literally every other page spread was about something dealing with Islam. It felt more like a guide to Islam than Egypt and wasn't equal to the rest of the books in this series. I get that Egypt is mostly a Muslim country, but Hinduism didn't get anywhere near this coverage in the India one, and none of the Western countries mentioned a religion much at all. Having read the rest of the series, this one came off a wee bit like Muslim propaganda instead of just the normal guide to history and culture of a country. It does provide a decent intro to Islam for kids, but that isn't what this is supposed to be. It's ok but it could have been better. I normally give this series 4 stars, but it lost a few for my disappointment with how this one was done compared with what I've come to expect.
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