The Shipwrecked Sailor by Tamara Bower
An Egyptian Tale with Hieroglyphs

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This story is based on one found on a papyrus scroll of hieroglyphs from the nineteenth century B.C., Egypt. It tells the tale of a voyage on the Red Sea to a mysterious and enchanted land of riches located south of Egypt.

On his way to the King's gold mines, a sailor is shipwrecked on a magic island, the Island of the Soul. Not long after he arrives, a gigantic serpent with scales of gold appears and reveals to the sailor that he is the Prince of Punt, and is also a lone survivor. The two become good friends, but one day a ship comes to rescue the sailor. Bearing gifts from the Prince, the sailor returns to Egypt with full hands, and a full heart.

This is a tale of the surprising (and fortuitous) bonds that unite us, and of the good that comes to us when we least expect it. Tamara Bower's lush illustrations are rendered in Egyptian style, and phrases from the story appear in hieroglyphs with their literal translations.


About Tamara Bower

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Tamara Bower has been fascinated with ancient Egypt since childhood, when she was drawing hieroglyphs all over her school noteboooks. She was trained in archaeological illustrations in the Egyptian Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and later made illustrations for the Egyptian Department at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. She has worked with numerous learned scholars and has traveled to Egypt to work on excavations in Abydos with the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Bower lives in New York City with her cat, Mazie.
Published October 1, 2000 by Atheneum. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For all its brevity, this sailor's yarn, possibly 4,000 years old, positively vibrates with wonder, danger, joy, and deeper meaning.

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