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Mummies Made in Egypt

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Aliki describes and illustrates the techniques and the reasons for the use of mummification in ancient Egypt.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 25th 1985 by HarperCollins (first published 1979)
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Apr 07, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I read this over and over and over as a kid with morbid fascination. It's the first place I heard of the brain being pulled out through the nose!
Apr 01, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and informative. Excellent illustrations. Good explanations.
Sarah VanDyke
An interesting book because it describes the embalming and mummification process. I was intrigued to know more and also shocked to read what is involved. I did not know that it took 70 days to do an embalming and that there were many coffins involved. The illustrations depicted paintings and sculptures found in tombs and described the text without being graphic. The book is recommended for grades 2-6, but I would utilize the book in the higher grades of the recommendation due to the topic and de ...more
Jul 25, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki Brandenberg describes and illustrates the techniques and reasons for the use of mummification in ancient Egypt. Ancient Egyptians believed that when someone died they would live in their tombs on earth but travel to live with gods and goddesses in another world.

The text is simple with solid information. The text is supplemented by additional information explaining the illustrations. Ceremonial customs, rituals, and symbols are explained and illustrated. An illustr
Shelem Horton
Feb 13, 2014 Shelem Horton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feburary
I think it's a great book to teach kids about ancient Egypt. Kids will love to learn about mummies and how they were made and all. It's super interesting, fun to read, and the pictures are awesome. You feel like you're going on a field trip to Egypt! It would be really cool if after reading this book as a class, go to a museum or wrap dolls as if they were mummies. That'll be fun I think.
Feb 10, 2014 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Shelves: february
This book was informative and would be good to use when teaching about Egypt. However, I feel like some children may find the process of mummification a little disturbing so I would probably wait to share it until the children are slightly older.
Jenna West
Feb 04, 2015 Jenna West rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-studies
I love this book! It is very informative and has great illustrations to go along with the pictures. The text makes reading easy to understand, and gives information in a story-like style. This book makes it fun to learn about mummies!
Anna J.
Oct 04, 2013 Anna J. rated it it was ok
Shelves: eng-261, nonfiction
Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki is a nonfiction picture book that describes the process of mummification. The pictures and concepts are clearly defined, making the book very informative and easy to understand. There are a few parts where it is a bit detailed in talking about cutting out organs and such, but, overall, it seems like a decent resource to use when discussing the Egyptian culture and belief system about death and the rituals that went along with mummification. Scholastic recommends th ...more
Oct 10, 2011 Ebookwormy rated it liked it
Recommended to Ebookwormy by: Tapestry of Grace
A fascinating, but sad book. The details of how the mummies were made are wonderful to ponder, but all the information about the motivation for preserving bodies (that the everlasting ba and ka might have a physical body to return to) are heartbreaking. What's even more heartbreaking is that most people living in ancient Egypt couldn't afford to be embalmed, and died thinking their lack of wealth separated them from their eternal destiny.

This is not to say the author/ artist hasn't done an exce
Dec 16, 2014 Hillary rated it liked it
Shelves: english-355
I would love to use this for a social studies unit in my future classroom! Reading it was so much fun because it was not only a good review, but I learned things I never knew! The boys will love the illustrations and gross facts!
Oct 16, 2014 Jaclyn rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
I liked the visuals to this book a lot! It made me gross out with the Egyptians in the mummifying process, but it got better. I truly thought that it explained the mummy process very clearly step by step. It was a pleasant and captivating read.
Nicole Clark
Feb 10, 2014 Nicole Clark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: febuary
This book was amazing for children to understand how Egypt kept there royalty preserved. It is great for understanding the Egyptian culture and how advance there really were back then.
Dec 09, 2015 Evelyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childhood
Oh, this book. Can't tell you how much I loved this book (and thrilled to see other people who "wore their covers fuzzy" and wanted to be Egyptologists too!). I got this book at 5 or 6 (nuts to the reviewers who think it's "too creepy" or not good for kids under 13 or even 10!) and proceeded to inform everyone, even my school's headmistress, about mummification for weeks, if not months. I love, love, love this book. I think it helped make me the nerdy history/science/anthropology buff I am today ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: february
This book is a little creepy. It showing pictures of dead Egyptians and gives a detailed description of the mummification process. I would safe this subject for 6th grade.
Amie Anderson
Oct 02, 2013 Amie Anderson rated it it was ok
Shelves: eng261
Mummies Made in Egypt is a nonfiction picture book for children that talks about ancient Egypt and their mummification and burial processes. While the book was interesting, and I believe it is important for children to understand other cultures, I didn't appreciate how graphic some of the pictures were of the dead people and what they would do to the bodies. I probably would not recommend this book to a student under the age of 10, but kids up to age 13 would likely enjoy it. Since this a nonfic ...more
Giovannia Giles
Feb 29, 2016 Giovannia Giles rated it it was amazing
Great for children
Allison W
Nov 03, 2015 Allison W rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!!
Jeanette Hurrelbrink
Sep 09, 2015 Jeanette Hurrelbrink rated it it was amazing
Great kids book!
Feb 11, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-rainbow
I wore the edges of this book fuzzy when I was a kid. I wanted to be an egyptologist and discover lost tombs (until we moved to Texas where is was very hot and I discovered I didn't like the heat - that's it for the desert)! I had delicious kid nightmares about the part where the brains got pulled out through the nose, and being wrapped up forever. I love it! I have a copy for my future-kids' shelf.
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Step by step, follow the process of mummification from the embalmer's slab, where the corpse was made ready, down into the tomb, where the mummy was sealed and sent to its new life in eternity. Written and brightly illustrated by the author of The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus.
Ages 8-12.

$6.95, softcover
Jan 14, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: in2books
Social studies unit.

Informative and age-appropriate, but I preferred Joyce Milton's Mummies.
Apr 11, 2012 Toni rated it it was amazing
I remember reading this countless times when I was a kid - there was a copy of it in my second grade class and it was a favorite of mine. I think it was the first text I had read that had described the process of mummification, and I was completely fascinated. Not sure how well it's aged over the years, but definitely a great introduction into Egyptology for kids.
Sep 28, 2012 Roxanne rated it it was amazing
My 6 year old son and I really liked this book. It did a good job explaining how mummies were created and why and what ancient Egyptians thought about the dead. Parts of it were kind of gross (which is always fun) and the book wasn't overly complicated. But we still learned a lot (me too!.
Aug 31, 2010 Ruth rated it it was amazing
An excellent overview of how mummies are made (with detailed drawings) and where they were buried. My five year old was fascinated with this book and read it many times on her own after I read it to her the first time. Nice illustrations, clear text. Third or fourth grade reading level.
Emily Mangina
Jan 07, 2014 Emily Mangina rated it liked it
Recommends it for: homeschoolers, teachers
Tapestry of Grace - year one - unit one - week two
Jun 04, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it
My kids really enjoyed this (and the Reading Rainbow episode which discusses the book). Has good illustrations with solid information without being disgusting like other mummy books.

We'll use this again for our ancient world studies.
Apr 06, 2008 Danelley rated it it was amazing
My mom got me this book when I was young and impressionable and I absolutely LOVED it! Of course, it's geared more toward a third grader with a TON of pictures, but a really fascinating book on the mummification process. I LOVE THIS BOOK!
Apr 26, 2013 Chai rated it it was amazing
This was one of the first books I ever borrowed from the library as a kid. Back then, I just liked looking at the pictures. Once I finally had the ability to read the entire thing it instilled a life long fascination with ancient Egypt.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
A detailed (and grotesque) description of the process Egyptians went through to preserve the dead via mummification.

Definitely a book for the curious.
Feb 29, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing
This book is a superb overview of the ancient Egyptian practice of mummification. The artwork is great as it mimics the Ancient Egyptian style.
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Aliki has written and illustrated many books, both fiction and nonfiction, loved by readers throughout the world. The books were inspired by a word, an experience, or the desire to find out. Aliki lives in London, England.
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