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Book Review: Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourselfby Carmella Van Vleet

The best in children’s literature, selected by Jim Whiting.

Carmella Van Vleet

I am a former teacher who has been writing full-time for the last ten years. History wasn’t my thing as a kid but I once I discovered a big part of history is “STORY,” I fell in love with all kinds of civilizations and people who helped create the world we live in.

I have several activity books that are popular with grandparents looking to do fun (and educational) craft projects with their grandkids. My books especially appeal to those who love history or science and those who learn best by working with their hands.

From reed boats, papyrus, and amulets to pyramids, pharaohs, and mummies, Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself explores the fascinating lives of ancient Egyptians through more than 25 hands-on building projects and activities. Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself gives readers today a chance to experience how the ancient Egyptians lived, cooked, worked, worshipped, entertained themselves, and interacted with their neighbors through building projects that use common household supplies.

Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself

Nomad Press, 2006

Ages 9 and up

128 pages, $14.95

Detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates for creating each project combine with historical facts and anecdotes, biographies, and trivia for the real-life models of each project. Together they give kids a first-hand look at daily life in ancient Egypt

Also, here two links to my publisher’s page where readers can see a sample project and see reviews and awards:



My other books (all from Nomad Press) include:

Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions You Can Build Yourself

Amazing Arctic and Antarctic Projects You Can Build Yourself

Explore Ancient Egypt!(for ages 5-9)

Explore Ancient Rome!(for ages 5-9)

Explore Ancient Greece!(for ages 5-9)

My work has appeared in magazines such as “Highlights,” “Parenting” and “Scholastic Instructor.” I am the author of nine books for children. My tenth book, Discover the Seven Wonders of the World, will be released in fall 2009 from Nomad Press. I am currently working on a YA novel.

You can learn more about me and my books at my website: www.carmellavanvleet.com.

For more information about Jim, please see www.jimwhiting.com. To inquire about availability of specific titles or to send a comment, write him at jimruns3@gmail.com.

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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