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Publisher: Templar, an Imprint of Candlewick Press,
Material: hard cover
Summary: This interactive book uses flaps to engage the reader as the story of Cleopatra unfolds. Besides the queen’s life, her role as the country’s leader and her relationship with Antony the author also gives the reader a sense of what life was like in ancient Egypt. This is a picture book for older audiences.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, independent reading, reluctant reader, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 10 and Up
Interest Level: 8 and up
Reading Level: 5.8
Age of Child: Read by a 10-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My friend’s son found the book interesting although he is not a big fan of ancient history.
Adult Reader Reaction: The format is very busy and there’s a lot happening on each page but the information is excellent. The author doesn’t “talk down” to the child. This is a pretty thorough account of the queen’s life for a book of this nature.
Pros: The interactive format is very attractive and should make the reader want to learn even more about this famous queen and her country.
Cons: Readers who can be overwhelmed with lots of activity or content on a page may not enjoy this book, or may need help "taking breaks" as they go through it.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book that will take time to get through, as it has activities to engage the reader in "hands-on" history.
Educational Themes: There is a lot to explore within the book itself, and it engages readers to ask questions that will lead to answers in other resources.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.