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Letters from Egypt

Letters from Egypt

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When Mary went to Egypt to start a school for girls, she never thought she would stay so long. Her letters back to her family in England reveal Egyptian culture, weather, traditions, animals, plants, and more. A fascinating living geography book from 1879 that will touch your mind, your imagination, and your heart. (Grades 3–12)

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A fascinating living geography book from 1879!

My Good Friends,

By God’s providence I have been led to settle in this distant land, and can but seldom visit England; however, I do not forget friends there, for whom I always have felt great interest. One day it came to my mind that I might do some little good to old folk at home—and perhaps to the young, too—in spite of being so far off, and having a large school to look after, and several other things; and this was my idea:—that I would write some simple familiar accounts of the land of Egypt where I dwell . . .

Mary Whately’s letters paint a fascinating picture of life in Egypt in 1879. And her insight into customs, culture, and climate ring true even today. Plus, many Bible quotations and allusions are woven throughout the letters, along with illustrations of how life in Egypt reminded Mary of those passages. Letters from Egypt is a living geography book that will touch your mind, your imagination, and your heart.

  • Living Geography—Learn about the people, customs, and climate of Egypt in these letters from a Christian friend.

  • Biblical Insights—Gain a greater understanding of the culture and how it is reflected in so many Scripture verses.

  • Missionary Emphasis—See the mixed multitude of people and be stirred to pray for the work of the Lord among them.

  • Recommended—Listed as a suggested resource in the SCM Curriculum Guide. Corresponds wonderfully to the study of Ancient Egypt in the Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt module.

    For those of you who already have the Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt handbook, simply read about five pages from Letters from Egypt once a week and you should be able to get through the book during the year. You can easily read this geography book on the same day you do map drill, or you could read it on a day of the week when you aren’t doing a lesson from the handbook.

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Dimensions 8.5 x 5.5 x 05 in
Media Type

Printed Book, E-book (pdf)

Suggested grades

3–12

Author

Mary L. Whately

Pages

192

Reviews

  1. mrskatie

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    At what grade would you use this? I have a six yr old – would it be too much to read aloud to him? Should I wait a few years?

    • mrskatie

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      Okay, I need an edit button ;-) I just saw on the top of the page, “suggested grades 3 to 12″

      • Sonya

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        Still a good question, mrskatie. I’ll use this opportunity to elaborate on the suggested grades. ;-)
        I wouldn’t necessarily read this one to my 6- or 7-year old by himself. However, if you are reading it aloud to the older children, I don’t recall there being anything in it that might upset the younger ones. You can allow them to listen in. I just think the older ones would be able to follow the writing style a little easier.

  2. JK

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    You can get this book for free on google books! Do a google book search for the author – because of copywright laws it is free!

    • JK

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      Oh – and also “The Cat of Bubastus” falls under the copyright laws, too! Look for it for free in google books!

    • Sonya

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      Thanks for mentioning these, JK. I love Google Books!

      Yes, the original Letters from Egypt is in public domain, but we had a really hard time finding it in print. And since, overall, it was such a good fit for our Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt study, we wanted to make it available once again in print.

      I say “overall” because the original version contains a few things that I would omit or reword were I reading it aloud to my children, so the SCM version reflects those changes. For example, the original version has some opinions stated as universal facts that, unfortunately, do not contribute to the unity of Christians. We’ve changed those portions in our version.

      We’ve also added Scripture references to the author’s many quotations and allusions to Biblical tie-ins to life in Egypt, so you can find those passages easily.

      Just wanted to mention these differences so you could have a heads-up if you choose to use the Google Books version.

      • JK

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        Oh – that is fantastic! What a way to weave God into the book. Nice job!

      • roseannvj

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        Thank you very much for explaining how The SCM version is different. Those changes will be very helpful, and I’m glad to know there is a difference between the google books version and yours. Knowing this, helped me solidify that I DO need to buy it.

  3. Shanna

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    Where would you add this in for the Module 1 guide? Would you recommend just having your older children read it or do as a read aloud for the whole family?

    • Sonya

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      The easiest way is to read about 5 pages one day a week. Since the Genesis through Deuteronomy handbook is set up for 4 days/week, you could easily read this on that fifth day or add it to the day you do map drill.

      I think the whole family would be able to glean from it, especially the Scripture tie-ins. But you know your children better than I do, of course, so feel free to download the sample and read a chapter or two to help in your decision. Either way would be fine; do what works best for your family.

  4. Linda

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    Thanks Sonya, for having it available in print. As much as I like Google Books, I prefer to have the convenience of a printed and bound copy in my hands. I have lots of google books saved but have yet to print and actually read them.
    Blessings,
    Linda<

  5. Stephanie

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    I just want to add our results. I know it is recommended for 3rd through 12th grade but I have been using it this year with my five and six year olds. Of course they haven’t understood everything but they have taken in the big picture. It has had such an impact that when their AWANA books asked what country they would like to be a missionary in, they said Egypt so they could “help the poor people and see the Nile river.” I contribute that entirely to their study of this book.

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