As fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, my children and I were excited about his newest series, The Kane Chronicles. Where Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Lost Heroes focus on Greek and Roman mythology, The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1) addresses many aspects of Egyptian mythology.
I, myself, am not as knowledgable about Egyptian gods and myths, so it was nice to look more into this aspect of culture, belief, and history. I also loved that the main characters are bi-racial. Just as good books with strong female leads are often hard to find, strong characters of other minority groups are even more difficult to find. Riordan’s small glimpse in the previously separate lives of Carter and Sadie, who exhibit different physical traits, reveals prejudice still felt by many, providing strong bi-racial characters, along with a confident female lead.
While we enjoyed this book and learned more about Egyptian mythology in the process, I’ll admit that I didn’t like it as well as The Lost Heroes series or even the first Percy Jackson series. The book alternates between characters, a style which Riordan often utilizes. However, this book is written as though Carter and Sadie are telling the story and recording it. The conversational retelling was less enjoyable to me. I noticed that my 8 year old, normally my child to laugh out loud as I read to teh kids, didn’t find the book nearly as humorous as The Lost Heroes. That being said, I’m certain my children will reread the book and they are looking forward to the second book in the series.
I have intentions of following the Earth based holidays, surprising my family with little gifts in recognition of them. Somehow, after the wondrousness of Yule, January tends to fly by. Imbolc sneaks up on me, and I resign myself to giving Valentine’s gifts, instead.
This year, however, I’m doing much better. Imbolc did not sneak up on me again. I secretly ordered a copy of Rick Riordan’s The Red Pyramid, along with a reference book. I wanted to make something to go with it, but without having read the book yet, I was at a loss of what to make. I finally decided to knit some little drawstring treasure bags. Every great archaelogist, or child, can use a treasure bag.
When the kids woke up on Imbolc, they received a double surprise. Not only were there gifts awaiting them in the living room, we were in the middle of a huge snowstorm. That meant another home day with Daddy, who was very excited to watch the kids come into the living room.
February brought many heroic crafts to Our Family Creates! Check out some of the wonderful posts from last month’s participants:
The Artsy Mama made a personalized birthday hat for her son’s first birthday. Learn how to make a Hero’s Birthday Hat for your hero or heroine with very few sewing skills.
Heroes are often everyday people. Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children was inspired by the gift of a sock in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, prompting her to make Dobby’s Sock as part of her Harry Potter ornaments.
Visit Code Name: Mama and Living Peacefully with Children to find out how you can participate in the next Families, Create! Carnival. Our March theme is “Animals” – what animals are your favorites and why? Get creative and share with us how animals are a part of your and your children’s lives.