Nile Crossing
Nile Crossing

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Annotation: Khepri, who lives in ancient Egypt, begins to feel nervous as he and his father travel to Thebes for Khepri's first day of scribe school.
Catalog Number: #150845
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Comport, Sally Wern,
Pages: 34
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8028-5425-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99701-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8028-5425-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99701-1
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2016057818
Dimensions: 26 x 29 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
A starting-school story set in the Egyptian New Kingdom (c. 1550-1070 B.C.E.). "A fisherman's life is the best life of all," but for young Khepri, son of a fisherman, life is about to change. On this morning, he rises early with his father for a journey across the Nile to begin school, where he will learn to be a scribe. The first-person point of view is perfect for conveying, in vivid, sensuous prose, Khepri's feelings and descriptions of the town, river, and bustling city of Thebes. Comport's illustrations—digitally created with pastels and acrylic paint—are inspired by traditional decorative textiles and patterns and are beautifully presented in double-page spreads. Oddly, though, the poetic narrative abruptly ends as Khepri is about to enter the gates of the school. A densely printed, one-page backmatter section titled "Writing in Ancient Egypt" concludes the story, but it makes the book feel out of balance. Though it was unusual for the son of a fisherman to attend school in Khepri's time, his story evokes the same excitement and fear that many schoolchildren experience when starting a new year, so the withholding of the in-school experience from the main narrative is a disappointment. A beautiful, flawed story that rings true even if set thousands of years ago. (historical note, bibliography, author's note, illustrator's note, glossary) (Picture book. 6-9)
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 1,504
Reading Level: 4.9
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 190434 / grade: Lower Grades
Guided Reading Level: I

A unique twist on the first day of school Khepri lives in ancient Egypt, happily fishing alongside his father in the waters of the Nile. But today, Khepri will have to replace his fishing pole with the reed pens of a scribe: it's his first day of school. As he and his father travel to Thebes, Khepri faces his anxieties about starting school and eventually finds a sense of peace. From the author of Brother Hugo and the Bear , this gorgeous and poignant book delivers a relatable story in an unusual historical setting.


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