Yesterday before work, I sat down with my cup of tea and my library copy of “The Egypt Game” and read the first chapter. Let me tell you, I couldn’t wait for my work day to finish so I could continue reading. Zilpha Keatley Snyder has this way of describing people, places and interactions that gets your imagination running and puts your mind right in the story. So many times I was awestruck at how I could completely visualize the characters and what they were up to. Here are a few other aspects of the novel that I appreciated:
- The ethnic diversity of the characters
- The maturity and lack thereof that the young ones possessed
- How the kids visited the library to research more about Egypt
- How much the kids appreciated Egyptian culture
Now, I will address the last point individually. I must take this time to confess that I am a geography nerd. I hold a bachelor of arts degree in geography and am very proud of that accomplishment. Many might think that geography is simply the study of landforms and capitals, but that, my friends, is so far from the truth. Geography is the study of space and place, so the fact that the young characters in this novel spent so much time learning about and being a part of the Egyptian culture, just tugs on my heart strings. Children should be spending more time learning about cultures other than their own and growing in their appreciation of those same cultures.
One book down, ninety nine to go. The Indian in the Cupboard is up next!
Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Originally published by Atheneum in 1967