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Read like an Egyptian

March 30, 2009

Chers Amis,

Yesterday we had the great joy seeing the Tutankhamun and the Golden age of the Pharaohs exhibit in Atlanta grâce à a  very generous extended-family member’s gift (thank you, Bette!).  The kids had been studying Ancient Egypt this fall in history so this was the perfect capstone to their reading and work.

One of the objects from the exhibit that the kids found the most interesting was a large wooden shabiti with gilded accents. Why you wonder? Well, shabitis were figurines of the deceased that magically came to life in the next world and did any difficult work and acted as servants.  What child wouldn’t like someone to do their share of ‘Super Saturday Morning Clean up’?

As a special thank you we decided to make Bette her own shabiti bookmark to guard her page in her current book of choice and perhaps to read to her in the next dimension.  It turned out so well we thought we should share it as it would be a great book club craft to go with any Egyptian themed novel.  We would heartily suggest the Newbery award winner, The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw if you are looking for such a selection.

Et voilà, here is the shabiti-bookmark-pattern. To add the cartouche with the receipient’s name in hieroglyphics we visited Write Like an Egyptian at the University of Pennsylvania’s website. ( Note: we entered the name, viewed it in print preview and printed at 50%).  After it was assembled we ran the shabit through my Xyron 900 laminator, cut her out, punched a hole in the wig, and added a gold and burgundy ribbon as a accent. It was a fun activity in honor of a lovely lady and the golden experience at the museum that made us feel like royalty.


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  1. March 31, 2009 7:53 pm

    Oh, lucky you! That must have been just fabulous!!!

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