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Pepi and the Secret Names

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Prince Dhutmose has commanded a splendid tomb to be built for his final journey to the Land of the Dead. Pepi's father is to decorate it, but how can he paint the unimaginable—the terrible gods: Horus the Hawk, Sebek the Crocodile, and Mertseger the Winged Cobra? Pepi decides to help him and, armed with his quick wits and a knowledge of secret names, the boy sets out into ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published November 18th 2004 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books (first published April 1st 1995)
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Katrina Cole
This book had some nice illustrations, but the text was a bit hard to follow. It is a very lengthy story and hard to read out loud. There is some use of hieroglyphics throughout the text, but this is also difficult to incorporate when reading out loud. It might be a nice choice to follow up a unit involving hieroglyphics, pyramids, tombs, or mummies. You would definitely want to study the names of the hieroglyphic symbols first though. The best part is that you can decode the hieroglyphic "secre ...more
Written by Jill Paton Walsh, illustrated by Fiona frenan. Published by Frances Lincoln Children's books, copyright 1994.

Grade level: 2nd or above

In ancient Egypt, pepi is a young boy whose father is painting the tomb for the Prince. In order to help his father paint the gods correctly, Pepi gets the animals to pose for his father by telling the animals if they don't come, he will tell everyone their secret names.

This book was a little different than I expected, but I still liked it. I liked the
Canadian Reader
A lovely looking book that communicates something about the preparation of Egyptian tombs. However, the use of a code, which is supposed to resemble hieroglyphics, makes the book unsuitable for reading aloud and the conclusion is anti-climactic.
This was a little bit longer than we usually get through in one sitting, and I was a little worried my kids (6.5 and 3) wouldn't make it. But they did! The story was really entertaining - I think the animals being both scary at first then helpful later was fascinating to the kids. The pictures were engaging and sparked more discussion than usual with my guys. We also had a lot of fun writing our names in hieroglyphs at the end of it all. Fun book for young kids interested in Egypt and/or hierogl ...more
This book portrays what it might of been like to help built and work on the Pharaoh's tomb. (minus the talking animals) So there is some historical information blended in with fable.
A very good historical fiction picture book to complement ancient Egyptian history lessons.
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Jill Paton Walsh was born Gillian Bliss in London on April 29th, 1937. She was educated at St. Michael's Convent, North Finchley, and at St. Anne's College, Oxford. From 1959 to 1962 she taught English at Enfield Girls' Grammar School.

Jill Paton Walsh has won the Book World Festival Award, 1970, for Fireweed; the Whitbread Prize, 1974 (for a Children's novel) for The Emperor's Winding Sheet; The
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