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Cleopatra: Queen of Egypt    by Clint Twist & Ian Andrew order for
by Clint Twist
Order:  USA  Can
Templar, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The story of Cleopatra is the tale of one of the most endearing and famous women in history. The problem with the story of the Egyptian queen is that there is perhaps too much mythology mixed with the facts.

This well designed picture book for youngsters eight years of age and older uses a journal approach and interactive elements to provide an authentic account of Cleopatra's life. Was she really the beautiful and heartless schemer who stopped at nothing to get what she desired? You'll find out as you read this biography.

Divided into sections that address the legend of the lady and how it was created, the history of her royal family, her childhood, and the conflicts that threatened her throne, this fascinating book does an admirable job of presenting a balanced picture of Cleopatra.

This oversized volume would be an excellent resource to use before reading Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra or watching any of the film versions of her life. I think many older readers will also find this an entertaining book.

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