In faraway Cairo, allegiance between friends is put to the test. Bastet and Sabah do not have easy lives, but they have their small pleasures, their dreams, and each other. This story of loyalty and friendship will resonate with the youngest reader. More
Bastet Text-Only Version
I bought Bastet and Toad in Town. Two fabulous children stories. Then I wrote a review of each. But I posted the Toad in Town review to Bastet by mistake. So here are my corrected comments for Bastet.
Charming and compelling as the story about loyalty among friends is, I was even more struck with the many useful ways this unusual story could be used in the classroom. The Enrichment Materials are ideal for a social studies unit on Egypt for Grades K through 3rd for example.
Bastet Text-Only Version
For the serious young reader - ages 6-9
This version of Bastet does not include the illustrations. The text itself carries the story completely...no pictures necessary for the serious young reader. This is a high level reading experience, and the quick turning pages keep the story moving.
Being a Loyal Friend
In far away Cairo, allegiance between friends is put to the test.
Among the cats that live in the streets of Cairo are two friends, Bastet and Sabah. Their lives are not easy, but they have their small pleasures, their dreams, and each other. Their fondest dream is to visit the Egyptian Museum and there see the mask of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
Bastet and Sabah know it is unlikely that two homeless cats will ever be allowed inside the museum, but the possibility is a treasure they share.
Then, unexpectedly, Bastet is offered the chance to visit the museum-courtesy of her new "friend," Khufu. There's only one problem: Khufu insists that Sabah not be included in the adventure.
Linda Talley's narrative unfolds with the richness of a Persian rug, like those sold in the Khan el-Khalili, the world's oldest marketplace and home to Bastet and Sabah. She takes us on a stunning tour of Cairo-through the crowded bazaars, along the banks of the Nile River, and, finally, to the Egyptian Museum and the treasures of the boy pharaoh, Tutankhamun.
The moving story of Bastet, Sabah, and Khufu will dramatize for readers young and old the importance of allegiance between friends.
A surprise and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information" which includes lots of facts about Cairo, the Mosques, Feluccas, Galabias, Bazaars, Mummies, Gods and Goddesses, Bastet, The Cat in Ancient Egypt, and best of all, Tutankhamun. This is fascinating detail that did not make it into the story itself, but is very rich in interesting description.
A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with young readers about the message of the story...the importance of loyalty between friends. So even though on the surface this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.
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