Loved: I love the innocent seriousness with which the kids play the game! I totally remember making up pretend worlds and scenarios like that in my own youth. Plus, I really love the fact that the kids don’t have much in common at the beginning, but have formed solid bonds of friendship by the end.
Learned: A lot about Egypt! I think I read this at about the same time as we were doing our own “Egypt” presentations at school. I remember making a canopic jar out of clay and dressing up as an Egyptian princess when we turned our classrooms into ancient pyramids one week. I love to return to books like this when I need to remember the pure joy of imagination!
SUCCESS!! CONGRATS TO EVERYONE WHO MADE IT TO THE END OF THE CHALLENGE (OR MADE A VALIANT EFFORT)!