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The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone [Paperback]

By James Cross Giblin (Author)
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Describes the discovery and deciphering of the Rosetta Stone, and explores the culture and history of ancient Egyptian civilation

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Decipher the history of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs with this enlightening account of the discovery and translation of the Rosetta Stone. Packed with illustrations, engravings, and historical photographs, The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone is an informative yet accessible overview perfect for aspiring young Egyptologists, kids interested in archaeology, and students in grades 3 to 7.

This ALA Notable Children's Book also includes excerpts from the translated text of the Rosetta Stone and a bibliography with suggestions for further reading, making it an ideal starting point for Ancient Egyptian research and reports.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone by James Cross Giblin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 235
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 150
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 129
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 146
  • Publishers Weekly - 02/01/1993
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 156
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 178
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 209

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.08" Width: 5.94" Height: 0.28"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 1993
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
Age  10-13
ISBN  0064461378  
ISBN13  9780064461375  

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More About James Cross Giblin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James Cross Giblin is the author of eighteen books for young readers, many of which have received awards and honors. Twelve of his titles, most recently Charles A. Lindbergh: A Human Hero and When Plague Strikes: The Black Death, Smallpox, AIDS have been named Notable Children's Books by the American Library Association. In 1996 he received the Washington Post--Children's Book Guild Award for Nonfiction for his body of work. Mr. Giblin lives in New York City.

James Cross Giblin currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.

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The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone  Jul 11, 2004
The Rosetta Stone, found in Egypt in 1799 by the French but later turned over to the British, contains text written in three alphabets: Greek, Egyptian, and hieroglyphics. Decoding the hieroglyphics on the stone remained a puzzle to many experts for years. This book provides a biography of the stone, describing the contributions made by many linguists that eventually led to deciphering the mysterious symbols.

Black and white photographs of the stone as well as portrait illustrations of the men who helped decode the symbols break up the text. The book provides a very informative history of the writing system of ancient Egypt.

An ideal introduction to how heiroglyphics were decoded.  Mar 3, 2001
"The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone" is accessible to our 9-year-old would-be Egyptologist with just a bit of vocabulary help from adults, yet is not the least insulting to her parents. This small book, with fewer than 100 pages, largeish type, and many clear illustrations, gives a readable and straightforward account of how the Rosetta stone allowed scholars to understand and even find the pronunciation of a language long after its last speaker was long dead. We learn, for example, that to the ancients, she was "Cleopadra" and not "Cleopatra".

There is enough detail to help understand the process, and to convince the reader that the reconstructions are sound. The stone and its translation is put into its historical context, both ancient and modern.

This is an admirable, brief, and inexpensive introduction to the subject, and is well-written. The professional will look elsewhere, and the complete greek, demotic, and heiroglyphic texts are available in the inexpensive Dover reprint of E.A. Wallis Budge's "The Rosetta Stone", which I review separately.

This is a young persons book, written with not much detail  Jan 11, 1999
A nice little book, easy to read and worth the price paid for it. I would have liked to see more detail, perhaps in the next book I buy. I gave it three stars as it is a light report of the Rosetta Stone. I read the whole book in about 1/2 hour. It does have other sources from which to select more detailed books.

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