“A low growl broke the quiet scene. My head spun to the left. My blood ran cold. Looking down, silhouetted on top of a large dune next to me, were three of the most ferocious, meanest- looking beasts that I had ever seen. The Dobermans! I consider myself pretty tough, but these guys were more than twice my size and I knew I was no match for one, much less the three of them together. I had forgotten to heed the send-off warnings of my colleagues, and I was in deep trouble, deep, deep trouble."
- - - Yes Maadi, you are indeed in deep trouble - again. - - -
In this spirited children’s novel, Maadi’s Adventures in Egypt, the land of the Pharaohs is vividly brought to life through the eyes of an adventurous, free-spirited dog, Maadi, who believes in learning and having fun, while at the same time leaving a little chaos behind. In this book she has the opportunity to visit and experience the antiquities, sights, and cultures of Egypt. As young readers join her in this remarkable and enjoyable journey, they will not only develop a knowledge and an appreciation for Egypt’s world famous antiquities, but also for the history, the people, the surroundings, and the local customs of this diverse country, presenting a unique cultural awareness.
The heart of this book is the premise that the four most important aspects for a novel for children should be that it -Educate - - Entertain - - Enrich - - Inspire-.
Educate: While visiting the antiquities and landmarks of Egypt, Maadi and the reader will discover the fascinating history of the Great Pyramids and Sphinx, the tombs of the Pharaohs, the Suez Canal, the Nile River, the treasures of the Egyptian Museum; and meet the people and canines of the land.
Entertain: While attaining the valuable information about these antiquities and landmarks, she has her own personal adventures: creating a chaotic scene at the Egyptian Museum; becoming the subject of a desperate rescue mission on the Nile River; joining forces with a befriended wild dog in a heroic act at the Valley of the Kings; observing a humorous and educational scene at the Pyramids; spending many hours alongside the Suez Canal running on the sand dunes, swimming in the canal, and interacting with some of the wild dogs passing through. She also adds to the venture by twice succumbing to her call-of-the-wild instinct leading to desperate situations, once in the bowels of downtown Cairo, and once on the sand dunes of the Suez Canal.
Enrich: The young reader will be enriched with the knowledge gained of the exotic sites, the antiquities, and an intriguing new culture.
Inspire: After viewing the photos of the sites and the people, young readers will not only be inspired to further explore the mystique of Egypt, but will also be inspired to discover the world.
Loaded with photographs, this book will whet the young adventurous appetite for Egypt, and the world. This delightful story provides the young reader with an appreciation of not only the antiquities, but the people, the history, the surroundings, and the local customs of this diverse country half way around the world.
Though Egypt Is going through rough times right now, the people are strong and through time, Egypt will recover.
(Warning - Grownups may also find this an entertaining and enjoyable read.)
Ages 10 to 14 Grades 4 to 8