Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht [SCM]

by Richard Platt Author

Young Nakht journals his experiences in everyday life in Ancient Egypt. The diary describes a lot about the culture and activities, and also includes all the "classes" in Egyptian society. Nakht personalizes the information and makes it come alive for the reader in his journal entries. Great resource if the parent is aware of the small issues listed in the review below.


Additional Details

Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
1st - 3rd
Geographical Setting
Historical Setting
1473 BC - 1473 BC


  • 1 I Say Farewell to My Friends
  • 2 We Sail down the Nile
  • 3 Our New Life Begins
  • 4 I Start My Studies Anew
  • 5 A Grand but Final Journey
  • 6 I Learn to Weigh Great Stones
  • 7 Following Father
  • 8 Strange Ships Visit Our Wharf
  • 9 The City of the Dead
  • 10 I Make a Foolish Leap
  • 11 Hunting in the Delta
  • 12 We Ask the gods to Help Us
  • 13 The Crops Ripen
  • 14 The Craftsmen's Quarter
  • 15 Sinister Guests Come to Dinner
  • 16 The Mystery Unravels
  • 17 Our House Gains a Room
  • 18 We Go to Thebes!
  • 19 At the King's Court
  • 20 A Trip to Giza
  • 21 I Lose My Sidelock

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A Few Points to Know Ahead of Time

Reviewed by Parent/Teacher

When I read this book, I enjoyed the way it made ancient Egyptian culture come alive. I was a little disappointed in just a few spots among the pages and thought I might share them with you so you would be aware. Page 23: Nakht unknowingly gets drunk. The story never comes right out and says so, but the clues are there. Page 26: A two-page spread picture that includes an exposed mummy's face. The pictures are all more cartoonish than realistic, but a sensitive child may be startled. Page 36: A small picture of the naked backside of Nakht while washing. Page 53: Nakht's father tells him about the sphinx but Nakht doesn't believe him. No explanation is given for this mistrust, and it is not dwelt on further. Page 60: A short section in the back of the book illustrates how embalmers did their work. You may want to skip this part for sensitive children.

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