proported to be by Emily Sands (but really by Dugald Steer)
Egyptology is designed to resemble the scrapbook of a (fictional) missing archaeologist from the 1920s, this 'ology' title is full to the brim with novelty features like fold-out maps, mini-books, pull-outs, postcards, etc...
Another journal of the missing archaeologist Miss Sands has been uncovered! Miss Sands wrote this one as an introduction to Egyptology for her nephew and niece. In it, she includes interesting details about ancient history and art, and every page is full of flaps, fold-out sections and other novelties. More educational than the first, but no less appealing!
like this don't work in a classroom library, of course, but teachers
can use it as the foundation for class activities on Egyptian
True, you're going to have a hard time keeping the Egyptology books
in pristine condition. That's an
indisputable fact! The magic of these books--the thing that draws
kids in and gets them hooked--is also the
thing that drives teachers,
parents, and librarians crazy: all those delicate or removable "novelty
features." Some adults decide not to purchase these books for this
reason. Understandable. But they are worth it!!!
If you do decide to 'take the leap' and get one or more of these books, we can virtually guarantee that your students/children will LOVE them. Most kids have seen at least one of the popular 'Ology' books (Spyology, Pirateology, Monsterology...) and we have yet to see one that didn't totally absorb the reader. It's quite a successful formula!
Interest Level: Grade 5+
Guided Reading Level: V
DRA Level: 50
Lexile Measure: 1180L
Note: The intended audience for this book is grade 5 and up. Most children in this range should be able to read this book on their own, with the exception of most fifth graders, who (on average) do not read on this reading level until the end of fifth grade. If you are giving this book to fifth graders to read, plan to provide extra support for individual reading OR read this one as a read-aloud.
Below are sample pages from the first book,
All the spreads in the
book employ a fun, scrapbook format. (What you can't tell from our
small version here is that this spread includes a fake papyrus
illustration held on to the bottom left of the page via some string.)
is a spread from the second book, The
Egyptology Handbook. You can tell from this spread that
there's more of an educational focus to this book, while still
scrapbook format, interesting writing, and novelty items. Kids won't
even realize how much they're
And lastly, here are a few other spreads, shown from a side angle to show the novelty components.
Of course, these small pictures won't do. You have to see the book in actual size so you can clearly see all the details, read the little interesting sidebars, navigate all the novelty items, etc. Hopefully we have given you an idea of what to expect in the Egyptology books.