Books by Tamara Bower

THE MUMMY MAKERS OF EGYPT by Tamara Bower
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Thrill-seekers and serious students of ancient Egyptian culture and values will be equally enthralled. (map, bibliography, family tree) (Informational picture book. 8-11)"
An exact description of a royal mummy's embalming and burial, drawn from ancient records and from evidence found in a nearly intact tomb discovered in 1905. Read full book review >
HOW THE AMAZON QUEEN FOUGHT THE PRINCE OF EGYPT by Tamara Bower
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

As in her Shipwrecked Sailor (2000), Bower gives a little-known ancient tale fresh life without robbing it of its distinctive cultural milieu. Peeved to no end when his troops are thrown back by an army of women, Prince Pedikhons challenges their queen, Serpot, to single combat. A trained museum illustrator who has worked at several archeological sites, Bower draws expertly on ancient Egyptian visual conventions and styles to depict the climactic encounter and its prelude. She paints a set of mural-like scenes and adds lines of hieroglyphics with both phonetic transcriptions and English translations on every page. As if that's not enough, she closes with detailed notes on the tale's likely historical basis and on the various styles of ancient Egyptian writing. Not, however, that this is all about pedagogy: Having battled each other until sunset, Serpot and Pedikhons proceed to fall dizzily in love, then go off together to conquer India. A rare tale, as enjoyable for its authoritative, scholarly appurtenances as for its vivid retelling. (bibliography) (Picture book/folktale. 7-10)Read full book review >
THE SHIPWRECKED SAILOR by Tamara Bower
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

For all its brevity, this sailor's yarn, possibly 4,000 years old, positively vibrates with wonder, danger, joy, and deeper meaning. Sole survivor of a sudden catastrophe, a sailor washes up on an island paradise—which, he soon discovers, he shares with a gigantic serpent, 30 cubits long and covered with scales of gold and lapis lazuli. The serpent, declaring himself the Prince of Punt and the last living member of a once-large family, welcomes the sailor to the "Island of the Soul," promising him that he will be reunited with his wife and children, and that although the lovely island will disappear when he leaves, he will always carry it with him. Bower, trained in the Egyptian Departments of two major art museums, not only illustrates the tale with expertly stylized scenes based on New Kingdom temple and tomb murals, but repeats important lines in hieroglyphics, paired to literal translations, and appends incisive notes on her sources and symbology. Budding Egyptologists as well as lovers of well-told, multi-layered folktales will treasure this outstanding debut. (bibliography, map) (Picture book/folktale. 7-11)Read full book review >