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Presents the life of a Egyptian woman who lived in fifth century Alexandria and became a respected scholar in mathematics and philosophy.
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D. Anne Love has been writing full time for children and young adults since 1989. Before that she worked as a teacher, school principal, and professor. Many of the books she writes are inspired by things that she simply wants to know more about. The answers to her questions are often just the beginning of a great story. Visit her website at www.dannelove.com.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-5 In fourth-century C.E. Egypt, women had few opportunities. How Hypatia, daughter of mathematician Theon, became one of the greatest philosophers of her day makes fascinating reading. The opening text, accentuated by a map of Egypt and a painting of the Mediterranean coast, introduces cultural life. A somewhat modern pictorial interpretation of Theon, his wife, baby, and a pet dog transition to Theon's insistence that his daughter be educated like any boy just as soon as she started to walk. Hypatia mastered fishing, riding a horse, and rowing, but her father had bigger plans. His daughter studied literature, writing, and natural science before discovering her passion in the sentences made not of words, but of numbers mathematics. She learned arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy. Finally, she studied philosophy and oration and began using all her skills to write and teach, spreading her fame through the world. Love presents factual information about Hypatia and does not fictionalize details about her personality or thoughts, about which little is known since few primary documents survive. With just a picture walk through the book, readers will understand how many subjects her education encompassed. Attractive paintings add life to a clear and captivating text that offers a unique contribution to units about Egypt, philosophers, or women in history. Julie R. Ranelli, Kent Island Branch Library, Stevensville, MD
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