Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Bernadette Simpson
One not only reads but views Bernadette Simpson’s An ABC Escapade Through Egypt. Filled with beautiful photographs of Egypt’s rich culture, the book reads like a children’s version of The Amazon Race. Using the alphabet and alliteration as the backbone driving the various excursions through this amazing country, Simpson introduces the reader to the food, entertainment, history, culture, wildlife, transportation, and other facets of Egyptian life. There is even a recipe for kids to make doe-ah (don’t know what this is – pick up the book!).
Want to learn more about a Camel’s hump? What about the many uses of date palm trees? Learn about the many types mangos and what a prickly pear is. Are hieroglyphics more your interest? Well it’s all here.
Don’t let the title fool you. This is not a preschool letter learning book for pre-school children, though they are sure to enjoy the wonderful pictures. This is a thoughtful, informative journey for 9-12 year olds which can be fully appreciated by adults as well. Certainly, Bernadette’s rich background, having lived all over the world and now residing in the small town of Dahab in South Sinai, has provided her the sensitivity to experience and convey the wonders of Egypt.
Be sure to visit Bernadette’s website to learn more about her and Egypt (http://www.bernadettesimpson.com).
As an extra treat, visit Ginda Simpson’s (Berndaette’s mother) webpage; she is an artist and writer living in Umbria Italy (http://www.gindasimpson.com/NEW%20Index.htm).