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Thursday, November 17, 2011

We're Sailing Down The Nile

Today we're going to take a journey through Egypt with the book, We're Sailing Down the Nile by Laurie Krebs and illustrated by Anne Wilson.

Travel the Nile River with your kids starting at the temples at Abu Simbel in the south and moving north to finish the journey at the Giza Plateau. Of course there are many stops along the way including (but not limited to) The Valley of the Kings, Ashwan and Cairo.

As with other books by Laurie Krebs, the text is fun and easy to read out loud. The repeating, rhyming text encourages children to participate in the story:
"Climb aboard the river boat! We're sailing down the Nile. We'll reach The Valley of the Kings in just a little while."
 The vibrant illustrations in the book tie in seamlessly with the text and make the reading even more fun. Watch farmers working in their fields and gaze in awe at the incredible landmarks that Egypt has to offer! The illustrations are of course stylistic and do not have a lot of detail but I think this just adds to the book, evoking a feeling of the country.

One of the greatest things about this book is the end notes: eleven full pages of information including:
  • Information about Ancient Egypt
  • Facts about gods and goddesses of Egypt
  • A map of Egypt including landmarks
  • More in depth information about the sites visited in the main text
  • and more!
This book is recommended for kids age 4-10. Younger kids will enjoy the colorful illustrations and rhyming text. Older children (and adults!) will find the facts in the back of the book interesting and informative. This book is a great introduction to kids who are interested in learning about Egypt and the Ancient Eqyptians!

You can purchase We're Sailing Down the Nile online at http://www.shopbpbooks.com

Books for Africa
We're Sailing Down the Nile is one of many books that Barefoot Books offers for the Books for Africa organization. Books for Africa has one goal: to end the book famine in Africa. Since 1988, Books For Africa has shipped over 22 million high-quality text and library books to children and adults in 45 African countries. Millions more are needed.

Barefoot Books is helping this cause by offering many of their books for a reduced price to be purchased and donated to Books for Africa. When you buy one of these books it will be sent directly to a child in need.

Find out more about Barefoot Book's association with Books for Africa.
Purchase a copy of We're Sailing Down the Nile to be sent to a child in Africa

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