Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

World Cultures & Geography

Unit 5 Bibliography: North Africa and Southwest Asia

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Books for Independent Reading

Extra Support

The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story
by Rebecca Hickox
Holiday, 2000
This vivid retelling, with atmospheric illustrations of an Iraqi folk tale, is a variation of the Cinderella story.

Hidden Under the Ground: The World Beneath Your Feet
by Peter Kent
Dutton, 1998
Clues to ancient civilizations lie under the ground.

Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs
by James Rutherford
Houghton Mifflin, 2000
Readers are introduced to Jean-François Champollion.

The Shipwrecked Sailor: An Egyptian Tale with Hieroglyphs
by Tamara Bower
Atheneum, 2000
This ancient tale is told in hieroglyphs, modern Egyptian, and English.

On Level

Israel and the Arab Nations in Conflict
by Nathaniel Harris
Raintree, 1999
This book introduces readers to the conflict.

Celebrating Ramadan
by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Holiday House, 2001
In this photo essay, Ibraheem, an American Muslim boy, and his family celebrate the special month of Ramadan.

Science in Ancient Egypt
by Geraldine Woods
Watts, 1998
This book offers an intriguing look at the accomplishments of ancient Egyptians in the fields of architecture, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, and general science.

Secrets of the Mummies: Uncovering the Bodies of Ancient Egyptians
by Shelly Tanaka
Hyperion, 2001
Readers learn about archaeology and how bodies were mummified.

The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers
by Melissa Whitcraft
Watts, 2000
The author describes how the rivers affect human settlements in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq.


The Golden Age of Islam
by Linda S. George
Benchmark, 1998
This book covers the civilization of the Islamic Empire, from the last years of the eighth century to the thirteenth century.

The Middle East: Opposing Viewpoints
by Mary Williams, ed.
Greenhaven, 2000
The author introduces the conflict.

The Suez Canal
by Gail Stewart
Lucent, 2001
Readers learn how the Suez Canal was built and why it is important.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems and Paintings from the Middle East
Naomi Shihab Nye, ed.
Simon & Schuster, 1998
Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, and Persian poetry and art.

Reference Books

Ancient Civilizations, 3000 B.C.–A.D. 500
Time-Life, 1998
The author introduces Sumer, Egypt, Nubia, Israel, and others.

Ancient Egypt: The Great Discoveries
by Nicholas Reeves
Thames & Hudson, 2000
This book highlights everything important and fascinating in Egyptian archaeology, from 1799—the year of the discovery of the Rosetta Stone by Napoleon's Expedition—up to the present-day excavations of Zahi Hawass in the Valley of the Golden Mummies.

Global Studies: The Middle East
by William Spencer
McGraw-Hill, 2004
The author provides comprehensive background information and selected world press articles on the regions and countries of the world.

A History of the Modern Middle East
by William Cleveland
Westview, 2004
This work provides a comprehensive analysis of modern Middle Eastern history, from the Ottoman and Egyptian reforms through the challenge of Western imperialism to the Iranian Revolution and the Gulf War.