Pharaoh's Daughter

Pharaoh's Daughter

[a Novel of Ancient Egyp]t

Book - 2000
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Born into slavery, adopted as an infant by a princess, and raised in the palace of mighty Pharaoh, Moses struggles to define himself. And so do the three women who love him: his own embittered mother, forced to give him up by Pharaoh's decree; the Egyptian princess who defies her father and raises Moses as her own child; and his headstrong sister Almah, who discovers a greater kinship with the Egyptian deities than with her own God of the Hebrews. Told by Moses and his sister Almah from alternating points of view, this stunning novel by Newbery Honor-author Julius Lester probes questions of identity, faith, and destiny.
Publisher: San Diego : Silver Whistle/Harcourt Brace, 2000.
ISBN: 9780152066628
Characteristics: 182 p. ;,20 cm.


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Jun 28, 2013

In its literary aspect, this book was very good. It was well-written, with interesting historical details and realistic, suspenseful personal dilemmas for the main characters. However, as I got deeper into this book, I realized that the message it conveyed was one I do not agree with. Its moral is that, as long as you are being yourself and doing what truly makes you happy, it does not matter what religion or god you follow. The truth is, if you are following a false religion, you will never be truly happy. Only through God can you really "be yourself". Also, I was disappointed in how Moses was portrayed. Yes, he was human, and I liked how this book showed him struggling realistically. However, his service to God was so much more than a way to escape murder accusations or a way to "find himself". In the end, this book is a well-written, insightful, original historical fiction, but it must be read with discernment.

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Dec 22, 2014

indigo_raccoon_15 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over


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