Clad in flowing linen robes, adorned with jewels, pampered by servants, Heb-Nefert led a life of leisure and joy with her royal husband on the banks of the Nile. Now she lies, a mummy encased in glass in a museum, recalling the days of long ago. . . . Christiana's evocative illustrations capture the drama of Heb-Nefert's compelling tale and reveal ...
Clad in flowing linen robes, adorned with jewels, pampered by servants, Heb-Nefert led a life of leisure and joy with her royal husband on the banks of the Nile. Now she lies, a mummy encased in glass in a museum, recalling the days of long ago. . . . Christiana's evocative illustrations capture the drama of Heb-Nefert's compelling tale and reveal the majesty and mystery of royal life in ancient Egypt. Full color.
I thought that this book has the most beautifully painted illustrations, and they are skillfully coordinated with the flow of the story. Both the author and the illustrator really bring a little bit of history to life. The story reminds the reader that the mummies of ancient Egypt were once living people, and should be viewed with respect. I thought this was a nice introduction of history to young children whose family may have plans to take them to a museum. The author has made it easy to read, yet doesn't "dumb down" their way of communicating the story to a young reader.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-03-10 A mummy's moving soliloquy on youth, love and the fleeting nature of life is the centerpiece of this hauntingly beautiful picture book. Bunting's quiet, lyrical prose can send shivers down a reader's spine, whether revisiting Heb-Nefert's glory days or following her, like her faithful cat, Nebut, "into the silent twilight of the afterlife when day changed to eternity," and to her final resting place in a museum "in glass coffins under lights in quiet rooms." Christiana's (White Nineteens) ethereal watercolors underscore the elegance of the words, echoing Heb-Nefert's dreamy tone with brushstrokes as whisper-soft as a layer of sheer Egyptian gauze. He expertly juxtaposes a predominantly cool background against darker images (e.g., the mummy herself, "black as night, stretched tight as leather on a drum") and splashes of color (jewels in the young Heb-Nefert's hair; a dash of yellow on a young museum-goer's shirt) for a keenly striking visual effect. Certain to leave a lasting impression. Ages 7-12. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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