Not to be stopped by a little thing like tired butt in chair I pronounce our Perfect Picture Book Friday today as “Muti’s Necklace, the oldest Story in the world.” I have been sitting in this chair for four hours working on my memoir but I won’t let that stop me from my fav Friday things! Perfect Picture Book Friday! 🙂 *YaY!*
Title: Muti’s Necklace, The Oldest Story in the World
Author/ Illustrator: Louise Hawes/ Rebecca Guay
Publisher info: 2006 by Houghtonmifflinbook/ rewritten from old Egyptian Papyrus with fictional ending
Ages appropriate for: from preschool to age seven though I think older kids will also enjoy this
Summary from Jacket: Muti treasures the necklace her father gave her so much she risks the wrath of Egypt’s Pharaoh when it falls into the water. Based on an ancient Egyptian story.
Themes: Egypt, history, love, father and daughter relationship
First Three Sentences: “Thousands of years ago, before there was an alphabet or pencils or paper to write stories on, there was a daughter of Egypt whose family loved her very much. When she was born, her father carved her a necklace made of turquoise, blue as a dragonfly’s wing, and carnelian, red as the inside of a pomegranate.
The girl’s name was Muti, and she wore her splendid necklace everywhere.”
Links to resources: For a thorough look at every aspect of this story here is a pdf that says it all,http://www.claycarmichael.com/documents/Mutisnecklacestudyguide.pdf
“Cooperate with others in your class to build the
pyramids! You’ll need a tray, some sand, some
stay-soft modeling clay and some paints:
Fill the tray with a half inch of sand. Make three
pyramids out of clay. (If the clay is not white, you’ll
need to paint them white.) Set the pyramids in the
sand. Model and paint some camels and some
workers to build the pyramids. Model and paint
some palm trees and put them in the sand, too.
Find a small, round mirror and bury it in the sand to
serve as a pond or lake. Make a boat for the lake. “
Why I love it: The Author had rewritten it from papyrus so it really is one of the oldest stories known to man. She had given our heroine an ending suitable for modern times. I loved the courage she showed. Like *YaY! Girl Power!* in early Egyptian days. The illustrator was magnificent with the bluest of blue and striking bold primary colors. This was a book to read more than once. To turn down the life of an empress for the simple life of her family and her father’s love. – that is life’s ultimate answer.
Here is my gift for my writer friends!
Some of you remember my speaking engagements at elementary schools last year about time and clocks and doing readings of my picture book “Annie’s Special Day.” I even had a speaking engagement this summer at Shenandoah University Children’s Literature Conference!! (Put in site) ***
So when I read Vivian’s Post on the Fear of Public Speaking, I really related to it.
and one more for good measure
And my special interview by Val Muller
And for more picture book fun, as my friend Stacy Jensen says:
To find more PPBF books, visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog
See you next Tuesday!! We are going to meet one of the authors from my writer group who also writes children’s stories. I’ll tell you what and why and how next Tuesday.
As my friend Penny Klostermann says:
Oh! And while you’re checking things out, head on over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s place and check out all the fantastic Perfect Picture Book Selections! Each book is reviewed by a picture book -lovin’ reviewer, AND includes activities to go along with the book. You will find a handy list right HERE.
And I agree with her!
I can’t let you go without looking at this wonderful logo Margot Finke made me.
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