Last week, we talked about books that build character. These were the suggestions from the website Nourished and Nurtured. Today we’ll see what they recommend for the next category.
Picture Books That Give a Taste of Culture and History
The Everyday Life of an Egyptian Craftsman by Giovanni Caselli – This book tells the story of a young boy in ancient Egypt. My kids are fascinated with life in Ancient Egypt. The detailed illustrations in this book are wonderful. My daughter is in love with all things related to Ancient Egypt, and she loves to read this book over and over.
Gilgamesh the King by Ludmila Zeman – This book is the first in a trilogy wherein the Epic of Gilgamesh is re-told for children. The illustrations in these books are absolutely gorgeous. These books are filled with action and love, making them a great introduction to one of the oldest stories in the world.
My Name is Georgia by Jeanette Winter – Filled with pictures in the style of Georgia O’Keefe, this book tells the story of Georgia and her unusual life. From her childhood, through life in the city, and finally ending with many years in the desert, the beauty of Georgia’s life shines through in this book. My children love to read about Georgia.
Lugalbanda: The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a War by Kathy Henderson – I was fascinated when I heard of Lugalbanda, which is the oldest known written story in the world – nearly 5,000 years old! My children love the illustrations in this book, and love to learn about Lugalbanda, a boy who brings peace to his people.
Mr. Semolina Semolinus by Anthony L. Manna- This Greek folktale tells of Princess Areti, who makes a man to marry out of sugar, almonds, and semolina wheat. When he is kidnapped by an evil queen, Areti must go on a quest to rescue him. My kids think this book is so much fun; they always laugh at the end when the queen tries to make her own man and fails because of her own vileness.
Have you seen any of your favorites so far? If so, what are they?
Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty. Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night. Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604588667