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We're Sailing Down the Nile
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Laurie Krebs draws inspiration for her books from her adventures around the world. She is a former teacher from Connecticut, USA, and a mother and grandmother. She is the author of many globe-trotting titles for Barefoot Books, including We All Went on Safari and Off We Go to Mexico! Anne Wilson gains much of her inspiration and sense of colour from her travels. She has an MA in Illustration from St. Martin's College of Art, London, and has been illustrating children's books for several years.

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PreS-Gr 3-As six children sail down the Nile River, they visit seven sites including the Valley of the Kings, Al-Faiyum Oasis, Cairo, and the Great Pyramid of Giza. The immensity of temple statues, the activity of the marketplace, and the difference between farmland and Cairo's skyline come alive in the printed collaged papers on painted backgrounds in naive style. The mediums and layout emphasize the warm colors of the Egyptian desert in contrast with the cool colors of the river, sky, and vegetation. Following the story, the destinations are highlighted on a map and described in two sentences each, leaving out important details. The author misses an opportunity to introduce the term "felucca" for the Egyptian sailboat and never states that the Nile is the world's longest river or explains why it flows north. Appended pages summarize the periods of ancient Egyptian history, social classes, mummies and pyramids, the mighty floods, and "Egyptian Scripts." Despite a spread devoted to ancient gods and goddesses, it never becomes clear why each page of the story includes a box featuring a god and his/her symbol. Despite some flaws in the overall package, the rhyming verses of the children's journey and the accompanying illustrations do create a simple introduction to Egyptian sites.-Julie R. Ranelli, Queen Anne's County Free Library, Stevensville, MD Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Six smiling Egyptian children invite readers to accompany them on a sightseeing jaunt down the Nile River, depicted in vibrant, naive-style collage artwork. The young guides stop at several Egyptian tourist attractions as they make their way from Aswan north to the Great Pyramids of Giza (a concluding map traces the journey). "Climb aboard the river boat! We're sailing down the Nile./ We'll reach the Valley of the Kings in just a little while." As in Off We Go to Mexico and her other travelogues for youngsters, Krebs keeps the rhyming couplets simple and concise as she introduces a sampling of attractions. Wilson (The Great Race) sometimes zeroes in on just the children against ruddy-orange hues that paint the riverbank, as when they visit a temple along the Nile's edge. The aquamarine ribbon of river beautifully contrasts with the warmer hues of the land. The artist presents a variety of settings, from farmers toiling along the shores to Cairo's colorful skyline, and reinforces the role of the Nile as central to Egyptian life, past and present. A vignette of a different ancient god (Ra, Isis, etc.) appears in the upper right corner of each spread, an addition that seems somewhat out of place. In the back matter, young history buffs will find a brief chronicle of ancient Egypt, a rundown of its gods and their powers, maps, plus information on hieroglyphics, mummies and pyramids. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Truly fabulous illustrations...It is important for our kids to learn that differences should be celebrated" -- Paml L. "As in Off We Go to Mexico and her other travelogues for youngsters, Krebs keeps the rhyming couplets simple and concise as she introduces a sampling of attractions... The artists presents a variety of settings, from farmers toiling along the shores to Cairo's colorful skyline, and reinforces the role of the Nile as central to Egyptian life, past and present." -- Publishers Weekly "Publishers Weekly"

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