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The Shipwrecked Sailor: An Egyptian Tale…

The Shipwrecked Sailor: An Egyptian Tale with Hieroglyphs

by Tamara Bower

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This book was about a ship returning to Egypt who had 120 sailors on it but it got shipwrecked and only one person survived and got cast on an island shore. It was a lush island that had food every where and it seemed like paradise until a serpent came along and wanted to know where he came from. He told the serpent his story and the serpent had the same thing happen to him so they both kept each company and became friends until he was rescued four months later as the serpent predicted. This book was a culturally generic book but it was interesting to read as it showed a map of Egypt towards the end to show where the ship was traveling to and it also showed hieroglyphs of some words at the top or bottom of almost every page. I would extend this book by having the serpent elaborate on his story of how he lost his family. Another extension idea would be how they spent the four months together on the island.
  lf028176 | Mar 26, 2017 |
A realistic tale part of Egypt's folklore, based in a real historical event. A papyrus is found in the nineteenth century BCE, with the mystic tale of a voyager who navigated the Red Sea in search of gold to discovered through a snake's revelation, he is the Prince of Punt Island. Ancient Art stamped with hieroglyphs, makes u travel in time to the past, in an arid landscape, with some fantasy elements like the giant snake, and symbols representing this ancient civilization. Fourth and Fifth graders could benefit from learning the subject, as well as learning about the translation of symbols well incorporated in the book with a special highlighter, as part of the design. A mix of surrealism and fantasy worth sharing.
  eearly15 | Apr 12, 2016 |
In this book by Tamara Bower, the classic Egyptian text "The Shipwrecked Sailor" is translated into a cute story suitable for children. It is not especially faithful to the original text--a fair amount of the most tragic parts are neatened up, and some of the original framing device that points to the unreliability of the narrator is left out entirely--but faithfulness to the original is not its intended purpose.

The short segments of original hieroglyphs and their phonetic transliteration/English translation should be of interest to anyone curious about how hieroglyphs are written but have no background in the subject. The illustrations are bright and colorful and clearly evocative of Egyptian relief carvings.

I'll admit I prefer John L. Foster's version of the story because it is more faithful to the original and includes the original text as well, but this is definitely the better of the two for people seeking books for younger children. Either way, "The Shipwrecked Sailor" is an excellent introduction to world literature for people interested in authentic fairy stories and tall tales from the ancient and non-Western world. ( )
  zhukora | Jul 25, 2011 |
Egyptian folktale which depicts a young sailor who gets shipwrecked on a magic island. The sailor befriends a golden serpent who teaches him the beauty of friendship.
  olivegreen1 | Jun 5, 2011 |
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For my brother, Devin: This island will always be with you, for it lives in your heart.
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A ship is returning to Egypt after a long journey to Nubia.
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Please note that The Shipwrecked Sailor: An Egyptian Tale with Hieroglyphs by Tamara Bower is a fundamentally different translation of the original hieratic text "The Shipwrecked Sailor" from the translation contained in The Shipwrecked Sailor: A Tale from Ancient Egypt by John L. Foster, and the two should not be combined.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689830467, Hardcover)

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.

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A tale, based on a story found in ancient papyrus scrolls, about a shipwrecked sailor who finds fortune when he is befriended by a serpent that is the Prince of the magical island of Punt.

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