Egypt has reopened many of its museums and historical sites, which were in jeopardy during the uprising that led to President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. But at the time of the uprising, many historians were afraid how much damage the museum and other sites of ancient art had suffered. Egyptian art is revered and has been studied for years and years, so what better way to teach young readers about preserving these ancient artifacts than with How The Sphinx Got To The Museum.
How The Sphinx Got To The Museum leads young readers through the process of preserving the granite sphinx of Hatshepsut, a female Egyptian pharaoh. Young readers will be fascinated to learn what a sphinx is, how it was made, how it's preserved, and how it made its way to New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Told in a cumulative style, much like "This is the House That Jack Built," they learn about the Sphinx admired by the Egyptian Priests, sculpted by the sculptor and ordered by the Pharaoh while also learning about some of the people influential to a museum--the conservator, the curator, the riggers, etc...
Additional facts and figures are provided at the end of the book and you can even learn where other granite sphinxes can be found today. I love how Hartland lays out the process in a simple manner while her unique illustrations are fun to look at. At a time when Egypt's artifacts have been front and center in the news, How The Sphinx Got To The Museum reminds us all about the importance of preserving our history.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Blue Apple Books (September 1, 2010)
Source of review copy: Publicist
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