Long before Cleopatra there was Hatshepsut, one of the few females to rule Egypt. Children will be fascinated by this compelling and true account of the royal daughter who, upon the deaths of her father and husband, assumed the position of pharaoh of Egypt.
Keenly aware that her country was unaccustomed to a female leader, Hatshepsut did much to quell their fearsfrom wearing traditionally male clothing to referring to herself as ''he,'' and even wearing the false beard of a pharaoh. Though her people may have been cynical at first, Hatshepsut proved herself worthy of the throne, becoming a master politician who ruled for more than 20 years.
Dramatic visuals and absorbing narrative combine to give young readers a close-up look at some of the most influential people of all time. Emphasizing the childhood of each famous individual, the books in this series blend personal diaries, school reports, family photographs, and primary quotes to create a scrapbook-style layout that children will be drawn to immediately. Timelines are used throughout to depict key events. The comprehensive presentation makes these books perfect for students assigned to read a biography.
"Striking jackets and an ample assortment of archival images .concise spirited narratives will pull readers into the story." Booklist
"These handsomely designed books present the lives and accomplishments of powerful leaders Volumes are illustrated with maps and many colorful photographs of the art and sculpture that give substance to years long past."School Library Journal
"This biography introduces readers not only to Mandela, but also to the political turmoil that affected South Africa for over a century. It begins with his birth, and covers his school years, his political ventures, imprisonment, release, presidency, Nobel Peace Prize, and retirement. Full-color photographs appear throughout and a time line runs along the bottom of each spread."School Library Journal