In Ancient Egypt (How'd They Do That?) (How'd They Do That? Lifestyle, Culture, Holidays)
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What was life like in ancient Egypt? Did everyone spend their lives building pyramids and writing mysterious symbols on stone walls? Not exactly! Egyptian families had much more to do than that. Some women had jobs being professional weepers! Dinners were often cooked on the roof, and everyone kept a close eye on whether the water in the Nile was going up or down. Travel back in time and find out what it was like to work for a pharaoh, how long kids went before they had to wear clothes, and other fascinating details about this period in history.
4/26/12 3:57 PM The Giza pyramids 8 ANCIENT EGYPT BOOK.indd 8 4/26/12 3:57 PM The Gift from Hapi The cauldron Stones, ropes, and heavy wood logs were used to help lines of workers pull the enormous stones that built the pyramids. stone were so big and heavy that Kebi could not imagine how hard it must be to move them up the ramps that surrounded the pyramid and put them into place. Kebi glanced over at her father. He looked worried. She knew he was thinking about the days to come. Would
Shemu, from March to July. This was known as the Season of the Harvest. All the crops were ready to be picked. Time was of the essence because everything had to be brought in before the Nile flooded the area and the seasons started over again. 11 ANCIENT EGYPT BOOK.indd 11 4/26/12 3:58 PM Houses like Kebi’s still exist in parts of Egypt. 12 ANCIENT EGYPT BOOK.indd 12 4/26/12 3:58 PM Chapter 2 In Kebi’s Home Now that Kebi knew that the Nile could bring too much water to the land, she
RECIPE: An Egyptian Treat Desserts were not eaten very often in ancient Egypt. The Egyptians did not have sugar, so they relied on honey to add a touch of sweetness to their food. Here is one treat they might have made on special days or to celebrate the end of harvest time. INGREDIENTS 1 cup flour ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 6 tablespoons butter, chopped 1/3 cup honey 3 tablespoons milk Sesame or poppy seeds EQUIPMENT Mixing bowl Wooden spoon Baking tray or sheet 40 ANCIENT EGYPT
BOOK.indd 40 4/26/12 4:01 PM DIRECTIONS 1. Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder in the mixing bowl. 2. Add the butter. With your fingers, rub and smash the pieces of butter into the dry mix until it looks like breadcrumbs. 3. Add 2 ounces of honey and mix. 4. Stir in the milk until the dough is stiff. 5. Shape the dough in a ball. 6. Divide the dough into three equal pieces. 7. Roll each one on a floured surface until it is in a long strip. 8. Coil the strip around into a spiral. Do the same
http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/Homework/egypt/mummies. htm Ancient Egypt: Grain Harvest http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/timelines/topics/harvesting_grain. htm 45 ANCIENT EGYPT BOOK.indd 45 4/26/12 4:02 PM Further Reading Books Adamson, Heather. Ancient Egypt: An Interactive History Adventure. Mankato, Minnesota: Capstone Press, 2010. Boyer, Crispin. National Geographic Kids Everything Ancient Egypt: Dig Into a Treasure Trove of Facts, Photos, and Fun. Washington, D.C.: National