The Tomb of Tutankhamun: Discover Egypt's Greatest Wonder!

The Tomb of Tutankhamun: Discover Egypt's Greatest Wonder! illus. by Somchith Vongprachanh. 48p. (Explore 360°). illus. photos. Barron's. Mar. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780764168215.
Gr 4–6—Based on the title, readers expecting to read only about Tutankhamen's tomb, its history-making discovery, and the splendors within may be disappointed—but they shouldn't be. The volume is filled with clear, explanatory prose and exceptional color photos. Helpful captions provide basic background information about ancient Egypt, including hieroglyphics, pyramids, daily life, mummies, gods and religion, and burial customs. Thus, this volume offers some necessary, important facts and historical context that lead up to the story, covered in the second half, of Howard Carter's extraordinary discovery of the boy king's tomb and its breathtaking treasures, only some of which are on display here. A free downloadable 3-D app is available, which will help interested students and browsers to explore the tomb more thoroughly and gain further insights. Certainly, this topic has been the subject of many works, but for readers who aren't very familiar with the narrative surrounding Tut's tomb, this is a good, simple introduction; even without the app, it should whet appetites for further reading on this fascinating subject.
VERDICT A fine addition to public and school collections; hand to Tut fans and browsers, and use as supplemental material in units on ancient Egypt.

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