________________ CM . . . . Volume XIV Number 19 . . . . May 16, 2008


Pyramids of Giza. (Structural Wonders).

Sheelagh Matthews.
Calgary, AB: Weigl, 2008.
32 pp., hardcover, $22.95.
ISBN 978-1-59036-725-4.

Subject Headings:
Pyramids of Giza (Egypt)-Juvenile literature.
Pyramids of Giza (Egypt)-Design and construction-Juvenile literature.

Grades 4-8 / Ages 9-13.

Review by Janice Foster.

**** /4


The pyramids of Giza consist of three pyramid complexes built as tombs for Egyptian kings.… The oldest and largest of the three main pyramids is known as the Great Pyramid. It is the world's largest pyramid and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that remains today.


Pyramids of Giza is part of the "Structural Wonders" series which includes titles such as Great Wall of China, Parthenon and Taj Mahal. Readers of all ages will be intrigued by the informative presentation of  the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World.

     Author Sheelagh Matthews provides an interesting examination of both the history and the science behind the Pyramids of Giza. Readers will become familiar with the Egyptian rulers of that era, the building materials and methods of the period as well as the reason for the creation of these architectural structures. These pyramids are also examined in terms of the science behind the geometric design as well as the technology used in their construction. The inclusion of one-page chapters such as Computer-Aided Design and Eye on Design links this historical structure to modern day architecture and looks at how modern technology can help analyze ancient building methods. Pyramids of Giza also includes information on careers in architecture and construction, environmental viewpoints and a brief look at other pyramidal structures ranging from the old, such as the zuggernaut Etemenanki, to the new, such as Canary Wharf Tower in England.

     The attention of the readers of Pyramids of Giza will be captured by the attractive format of the book. The clearly written text is enhanced by numerous features including informative charts, illustrations and maps, web links, colourful photographs, a hand-on activity, a glossary and 'Quick Bites' fact boxes. The combination of textual information and these features provides a comprehensive examination of a structural wonder which will ensure that Pyramids of Giza will fascinate its readers.

Highly Recommended.

Janice Foster is a teacher-librarian at Henry G. Izatt Middle School in the Pembina Trails School Division in Winnipeg, MB.

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