This month the Poppins Book Nook is about Wizards. I looked up the definition to make sure that my book choice was appropriate.
Wizards, Sorcerers and Magicians, Oh My!
Wizards (or Magicians) in Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles
- Their parents appear to be dead. Mum in a blast at Cleopatra’s Needle. Dad trapped in a golden sarcophagus at the British Museum.
- The world is in a battle of chaos versus order and chaos in the form of a gigantic snake named Apophis, appears to be have the upper hand.
- The other magicians around the world want to destroy the Kanes.
- Ra the sun god needs to lead the attack against chaos, but he appears to be senile
Ancient Egyptian Gods: Which One Are You?
The three chapter books are not as popular as Riordan’s Percy Jackson series but we enjoyed them just as much. It could be that Ancient Egyptian mythology is not as well known as Greek or Roman so it’s more challenging for kids to follow. Rick Riordan has a helpful guide to the Egyptian gods.
The god of the sun, Ra was the first pharaoh of the world, back in the days when gods inhabited Egypt. From Rick Riordan’s website.
My son and I enjoyed comparing them to the Greek gods, but I found a game where you can discover which Egyptian god you are from QuizFarm.
Here are some of the questions:
|do you feel the laws today are in place for a good reason?
|do you enjoy astrology?
|do you believe in truth?
|do you think everything needs order?
Answer the 33 questions to discover your inner Egyptian god. Perhaps you are a godling too!
I scored as Thoth who is the God of knowledge, hieroglyphs, and wisdom.
Image of Thoth from Rocket to Luna
Thoth is the god of wisdom, letters, the recording of time, science, magic, the scribe at the divine court. He is depicted as ibis-headed, often carrying a scribes pallet or a papyrus. He is said to be self- created before creation, the one who gave Ptah the Word that caused everything to come into being. He is also seen as a moon- god, possibly because he won the five sacred days of the year from the moon-god Khonshu in a game of draughts. Your Symbols: ibis, baboon, writing palette and reed pens.
Craft for The Kane Chronicles: Paint a Stick to Make Your Own Magic Wand or Staff
In the Kane Chronicles series, magicians have a lot of paraphernalia to cast spells. They use clay and wax to make figurines. They have staffs, wands, crooks, and flails. And there are all different types of magic from healing magic to earth magic to chaos magic.
With all the Riordan books, my son and I were left feeling like 1) we could be half-god or house a god, 2) we might have undiscovered magical powers, and 3) we just need some training to find out.
Make your own wand or staff and maybe you will discover magical powers within you! We are still working on polishing ours.
Painted Sticks from Anne With an E. Aren’t hers gorgeous?
These are ours.
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