The Scarab's Secret

The Scarab's Secret

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A tiny scarab beetle saves the Pharaoh from a trap that would have led to his death. Includes facts about ancient Egypt.
Publisher: New York : Walker, 2006.
ISBN: 9780802795618
0802795617
Branch Call Number: E
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Balit, Christina

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QueenBoadicea Oct 05, 2015

This gentle tale tells of a preternaturally wise young prince and the mute unassuming beetle Khepri whose path crosses his not just once but twice—to their mutual advantages.

The simple story is accompanied by Ms. Balit’s vibrant and colorful drawings that are almost like hieroglyphics, filled with puzzling yet enticing plays with flattened perspective. When the young prince comes down a flight of steps into the catacombs that have been prepared for him, it almost seems as if he’s just stepped off the boat that is shown behind him…or is it merely a picture on the wall? Such artful juxtapositions highlight this story as it prepares us for the Khepri’s eventual transformation into the creature that carries the rising son into the morning sky.

This picture book is yet another special story that highlights myths and legends of ancient Egypt and may provide a wonderful surprise for young readers (or even older ones) who might not have heard about it previously.

FindingJane Oct 05, 2015

This gentle tale tells of a preternaturally wise young prince and the mute unassuming beetle Khepri whose path crosses his not just once but twice—to their mutual advantages.

The simple story is accompanied by Ms. Balit’s vibrant and colorful drawings that are almost like hieroglyphics, filled with puzzling yet enticing plays with flattened perspective. When the young prince comes down a flight of steps into the catacombs that have been prepared for him, it almost seems as if he’s just stepped off the boat that is shown behind him…or is it merely a picture on the wall? Such artful juxtapositions highlight this story as it prepares us for the Khepri’s eventual transformation into the creature that carries the rising son into the morning sky.

This picture book is yet another special story that highlights myths and legends of ancient Egypt and may provide a wonderful surprise for young readers (or even older ones) who might not have heard about it previously.

Read aloud to a group of students in grades 2, 4 and 6 -- and it was great for that mix! Suspenseful and intriguing, but not too dark for younger kids. Nice short length for a library tour group, this was a great segue into exploring lots of areas of the nonfiction collection, too.

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