How the Sphinx Got to the Museum

Hartland, Jessie

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
How the Sphinx Got to the Museum
Inside New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the sphinx of the Pharaoh Hatshepsut holds court. But how did this ancient artifact get to the museum?

Publisher: Maplewood, NJ : Blue Apple Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781609050320
Branch Call Number: J 932.014 H
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 29 cm.


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Follow along step by step as an ancient sculpture is created, abandoned, rediscovered after many centuries, and at last transported from the sands of Egypt into New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Great for younger readers.

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Nov 24, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Basically author/illustrator Jessie Hartland came up with a radical notion. Why not combine a book that explains the jobs people do with a real life mystery (how a busted sphinx was returned to its full splendor for display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and then present it in a cumulative tale format? Why that’s so crazy it just might work. And work it does in a story that satisfies a child’s need for story while also working in some pretty cool details about why museums are full of statues from other countries far far away.

May 03, 2011
  • ronjohn rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

gets repetitive


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Nov 24, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8


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Nov 24, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A group of kids visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art and are told a strange fact. Before their eyes sits a sphinx created for the Pharaoh Hatshepsut. The kicker? That same statue was destroyed a mere twenty years after its creation on orders from Hatshepsut’s successor and stepson. So how on earth has it come to reside fully intact in a museum in America? To answer that you have to begin at the beginning. And so the docent recounts the many steps and people who contributed to the sphinx’s story. Hatshepsut commissioned, the sculptors sculpted, the priests admired it, and the stepson had it destroyed. From there the story takes a turn, rediscovered centuries later in a pit by an archaeologist, brought to America, and restored. As each piece of the puzzle falls into place we are consistently reminded of the people who came before, until at long last we reach the present day. A section called “More History” at the end clarifies many of the details and gives kids additional information on the real statue and its current location.


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