Saturday, March 8, 2008

Cleopatra - Adele Geras

This large-sized biography is very reader friendly with wonderful illustrations by M.P. Robertson. The information is provided through short entries in the diary of Nefret, Cleopatra's young handmaid. Nefret describes what life was like for her before she worked in the palace and after. She tells of what is going on in the life of the queen as well. The reader learns of Cleopatra's relationship with the Romans, particularly Julius Caesar. In her diary, Nefret does mention her own family and friends, but it is obvious how as a royal servant her life centered on her queen, Cleopatra. A section at the end of the book includes Cleopatra's family tree, maps, time-lines, glossary and more specific information relating to the time period. The cover will grab the attention of many children with the sparkling jewels. Robertson's illustrations will keep their attention the rest of the way.

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