Picture-Show & Hands-On Mummy-Making(!) with Author/Illustrator Tamara Bower

Meet award-winning author/illustrator Tamara Bower as she introduces her new book The Mummy Makers of Egypt and leads kids in a one-of-a-kind art project on Sat, May 21, 4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m. For kids 7-10 years old.

mummyTamara will talk about her work on archaeological excavations in Egypt, and then about how mummies were made.

After sharing examples of some of the (nontoxic) ingredients used to make a mummy, including myrrh, natron, and cedar oil, Tamara will lead kids in an art project to draw an Egyptian sarcophagus.

The Mummy Makers of Egypt is artist and Egypt specialist Tamara Bower’s third, gorgeous book about Ancient Egypt. The book gives us kid-loving gory details of the mummification process, artifacts, hieroglyphics, and details of life in ancient Egypt. The book features sidebars of hieroglyphs and their meanings, a map, and an afterword telling more about ancient Egypt in general.

“A charming and well-researched book with vivid, engaging, exquisite original artwork …that brings ancient Egypt to life. A delight for children, aficionados of ancient Egypt, and scholars.”
—Dr. Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology, American University in Cairo

TAMARA BOWER has been fascinated by ancient Egypt since she was a child and dressed up to play as ancient Egyptians with her friends. She was trained in archaeological illustration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she worked as a staff illustrator in the Department of Egyptian Art.  She is the author of two other children’s books about ancient Egypt: How the Amazon Queen Fought the Prince of Egypt (2005) – (winning the ALA Amelia Bloomer Award for Nonfiction Picture Books, the Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award, and the Africana Book Award for Young Children) and The Shipwrecked Sailor (2000).