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Cleopatra's name still glitters across history, evoking opulence, ambition, and tragedy. Raised in the shadow of the mighty Roman Empire, she dared to dream of a world united under Egyptian rule. She almost succeeded, and if she had, we would live in a far different world today.Cleopatra was not the renowned beauty of legend--her strength lay in her intelligence, courage,Cleopatra's name still glitters across history, evoking opulence, ambition, and tragedy. Raised in the shadow of the mighty Roman Empire, she dared to dream of a world united under Egyptian rule. She almost succeeded, and if she had, we would live in a far different world today.Cleopatra was not the renowned beauty of legend--her strength lay in her intelligence, courage, and charm, and she would need all three in her short and perilous reign. She became Queen of Egypt at eighteen and by twenty had been driven from her throne. But she raised an army and won the support of the great Julius Caesar, who helped her return to rule. We will never know what these two brilliant and ambitious people might have accomplished together, for Caesar soon fell to Roman assassins. Instead, it was Mark Antony, another famous Roman, who risked everything with Cleopatra in pursuit Of world power.In this latest of their "distinguished storybook biographies" (New York Times), the authors' meticulous text and Ms. Stanley's majestic illustrations capture the brilliance of Cleopatra's life. From the enchantments of the royal court at Alexandria to luxurious cruises up the legendary Nile, from the intrigues of the Roman marketplace to a desperate sea battle with a shocking end, these award-winning biographers tell the tragic story of one of the most fascinating women of all time....

Title : Cleopatra
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ISBN : 9780688104146
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
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Cleopatra Reviews

  • JoAnne Styger
    2018-12-27 09:34

    Some may think these picture books by Diane Stanley are for young children, that's totally false! Older children (and even adults! 😉) will enjoy the beautiful illustrations and brief biographies. I also recommend Queen Bess and Peter The Great in this series.

  • Briana
    2018-12-29 10:44

    Cleopatra by Diane Stanley is a biographical picture book of the life of Cleopatra. This book spans the time in her life from when she first became queen at eighteen years old to her death at age thirty-nine. I think this is a great alternative way for to children to learn about Cleopatra.

  • Emma
    2019-01-15 06:31

    I LOVED IT!

  • Michael
    2019-01-11 06:25

    Definitely a children's book. Important facts were left out.

  • Katherine
    2018-12-23 03:29

    Cleopatra is a partial biography picture book written and illustrated by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema. The book begins with Cleopatra at age 18, when she was crowned Queen of Egypt in 51 BC. The book covers her struggle for power against the advisors of her young brother, the King. Cleopatra allied with Julius Caesar, and his influence helped her to gain control of Egyptian rule. Caesar and Cleopatra were lovers and dreamed of uniting the world into one vast empire. After Caesar’s murder, Cleopatra found a similar relationship with Roman general Mark Antony. A good deal of the text is devoted to explaining the political climate in Rome, and the struggle for dominance between Antony and Octavian. Eventually, Octavian became the victor. After Antony’s death, it is believed that Cleopatra killed herself with a poisonous asp, so that she would not face the humiliation of being paraded before the people of her enemy.The authors do a good job of sticking to the facts of history and refrain from fictionalizing aspects of Cleopatra’s life. They make the assertion that most of what is known about Cleopatra comes from the writings of her enemies, so that we must take the information with a grain of salt. The authors do not make conclusions for the reader when the situation described is ambiguous. Although many works of historical fiction and films have portrayed Antony and Cleopatra’s tragic end as similar to that of Romeo and Juliet, Stanley and Vennema make it clear that no one knows for sure how she died. They tell the version given by Plutarch in detail and then assert:“That is the story as Plutarch tells it. No one knows exactly how she died, except that she must have taken poison in some form.”The authors describe a number of aspects of Cleopatra’s life. Not only do we hear about the major events of her life, but we are told how she looked, dressed, and behaved. Such description gives the reader a sense of Cleopatra’s personality without inventing information or fictionalizing her life story. The biography is written like good nonfiction and has the factual feeling of an investigative report rather than the feeling of a narrative. The inclusion of dates, names, and historical events, round out the biography, extending the reader’s understanding to the events and climate of the time. The illustrations in the book have a distinct feeling of classicism. Although most people think of Cleopatra as an ancient Egyptian figure, she actually lived during the height of the Roman Empire. The artwork in the book reflects this reality rather than the common perception. As a result, we see figures adorned in Roman robes and sandals and classical architecture featuring columns and arches. Some elements traditionally associated with Egypt are included, such as a view of the pyramids in the background of a seascape. Touches such as these give the reader a sense of place, but do not dominate over the classical feel. Stanley makes use of bright, vibrant colors to help create a sense of royalty and riches. Cleopatra is depicted wearing a lavish display of jewels and gold to highlight the extravagant lifestyle discussed in the text. The text itself is presented on blocks of tiny squares that look like a classical mosaic. In addition, maps of important battles and locations are provided to facilitate understanding. Overall, the artwork does a good job of contributing to the storytelling and creating a sense of time and place for the life story of this important historical figure.

  • Samantha
    2018-12-30 08:31

    Did you know that Queen Cleopatra was not even Egyptian? She was indeed a ruler of the country, but was a descendent of a royal line from a general of Alexander the great. Cleopatra became Queen in 51 B.C. at the young age of eighteen. Her brother, Ptolemy XIII was King, but simply to young to enforce any policies. For this reason he was guided by three advisors. Cleopatra was determined that she could rule her kingdom on her own, but two years after her coronation she was driven out of Egypt by her brother's advisors. However, Cleopatra's wit and beauty would soon enable her to conquer her opposers. She won the heart of the most powerful man in Rome, Alexandria of Julius Caesar. The two fell in love, which angered Cleopatra's brother. A six month seige took place, concluding in Cleopatra's return as Queen of Egypt. Cleopatra and Caesar stayed in Egypt for quite some time, until it was time to return back to Rome. The citizens of Rome were appalled to see that Cleopatra had come along, considering Caesar was already married! Still, the two lived their lives together and even bore a son. Caesar began to erect statues of himself and Cleopatra acting as if they themselves were Gods. The scandalous behavior sparked fear in the men of the republic, so they planned an assasination to take place on March 15, 44 B.C. On the footsteps of the senate Caesar was murdered, and in one instant, Cleopatra lost everything. She quickly returned to Egypt to avoid the same fate as Caesar. Cleopatra would not face lonliness for long. Rome soon became conquered by Marc Antony. He fell for Cleopatra's spell the instant he saw her. Over a period of ten years, the couple had three children. Their lives were not always filled with joy. They soon waged war against Octavian. All good things eventually come to an end. Antony's fleet surrendered, and the great empire Cleopatra had acquired was gone. Cleopatra and Antony became so depressed that desperate measures were being taken in preparation for their final days. Cleopatra looked into various kinds of poisons that would end her life quickly. Their story concluded in a similar fashion to Romeo and Juliet. No one truly knows how Cleopatra died...it is a mystery taken to the grave.Diane Stanley provides a wealth of information in this picture-illustrated biography. Cleopatra's story is so enchanting, it is no wonder why her name resounds across the world. The rich colors used to make the images are a wonderful match to the luxurious lifestyle of Cleopatra herself. I would recommend this book to upper elementary, even middle school aged students. It is a wonderful resource for both teachers and parents. Reading biographies or finding information on the internet can be an overwhelming experience. Many times it is difficult to narrow down and sum up the information presented. This book provides that facts in an easy-to-read form, that almost anyone can comprehend. There is also a map and pronunciation guide given in the front and back of the book, providing both visualization and phonological familiarity.

  • Amanda Hamilton
    2019-01-03 03:36

    The life of the famous eighteen-year old princess of Egypt is presented with clarity and substance in Cleopatra, written by husband and wife Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema. Illustrations by the talented Diane Stanley add interest to the text and bring Cleopatra's story to life.The authors explore Cleopatra's life simply in this engaging 48 page text. A brief historical background and map of the Mediterranean region at the time of her life begins the book. From her appointment as Queen of Egypt to death from the bite of an asp; Cleopatra includes the subject's struggle for power, experiences with marriage, motherhood, and duties as queen, and examines her possible internal motivation and thoughts as her short but memorable life is explored. This book is attractively laid out and incorporates an Egyptian theme. On most pages, the text is on the left side of the book, printed on a tile mosaic background; Stanley's oil paintings illustrate the right side of the book and add immensely to the story. Stanley uses rich, warm colors and clear images of people in situations to tell Cleopatra's story. Details in the pictures and the overall incorporation of Egyptian life in the century before Christ will entice the book's audience.The authors' writing style adds to this book. Major points of Cleopatra's life are included in a manner that is as much narrative as expository. The text uses vocabulary and literary devices that are appropriate for readers in upper elementary and middle school, but can also be enjoyed by adults. The authors' blend Cleopatra's life with information about Egypt's past, while also motivating the reader to anticipate the story in a passage on page 6, it states "...Cleopatra was strong-willed and ambitious. She longed to return her country to the glory of its earlier years. Perhaps Egypt could even regain the empire it once had under the warlike Pharaoh Thutmose III, fourteen hundred years before."A preface provides insight into Cleopatra's modern reputation and why information in the book differs from common knowledge. A note on ancient sources and bibliography verify accuracy of information in the book. The authors avoid stereotypes, differentiate between fact and fiction, and provide information that is correct and true in this high-quality biography for young readers.Stanley and Vennema combine forces to create a wonderful, readable, high-quality biography with Cleopatra. Beautiful illustrations and attractive text make this an inviting book for anyone wanting to learn the exciting and engaging true story of the legendary queen.

  • Julesmarie
    2019-01-11 06:43

    The text in this one is fascinating, informative, and age-appropriate for its target audience. I read this to my class of 3rd graders during our unit on Ancient Rome and they were captivated.Where I had to take stars off was in the illustrations and in some of the facts.This book chooses to use the legend that Cleopatra met Julius Caesar by being hidden and carried into his chamber by a servant. The quote from the book: "Apollodorus wrapped her up in a roll of bedding (some say it was a rug) and carried her into the palace." Never in any other source have I heard it called a roll of bedding, and many sources even argue against the legend of it being a rug.And the illustration to go along with this has poor Apollodorus who has just carried Cleopatra into the palace depicted as a tiny, scrawny young man, so my students devolved into laughter as they wondered how he managed to carry the queen AND all of the bedding/rug.However, I was impressed that the traditional bitten-by-the-asp theory of her death wasn't here proclaimed as the likely truth. Especially in light of current research which is showing that theory to be less and less likely, I appreciated that Ms. Stanley presented what we know for certain as well as several theories. I was grateful for the opening that gave me to have some good discussions with my students about the challenges of accuracy in history that is so ancient and not as well documented.

  • Christine Turner
    2018-12-30 06:31

    Cleopatra's name still glitters across history, evoking opulence, ambition, and tragedy. Raised in the shadow of the mighty Roman Empire, she dared to dream of a world united under Egyptian rule. She almost succeeded, and if she had, we would live in a far different world today. Cleopatra was not the renowned beauty of legend--her strength lay in her intelligence, courage, and charm, and she would need all three in her short and perilous reign. She became Queen of Egypt at eighteen and by twenty had been driven from her throne. But she raised an army and won the support of the great Julius Caesar, who helped her return to rule. We will never know what these two brilliant and ambitious people might have accomplished together, for Caesar soon fell to Roman assassins. Instead, it was Mark Antony, another famous Roman, who risked everything with Cleopatra in pursuit Of world power. In this latest of their "distinguished storybook biographies" (New York Times), the authors' meticulous text and Ms. Stanley's majestic illustrations capture the brilliance of Cleopatra's life. From the enchantments of the royal court at Alexandria to luxurious cruises up the legendary Nile, from the intrigues of the Roman marketplace to a desperate sea battle with a shocking end, these award-winning biographers tell the tragic story of one of the most fascinating women of all time.

  • Haley Caudell
    2019-01-10 06:36

    Cleopatra by Diane Stanley is a biographical picture book of the life of Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt. This book spans the time in her life from when she first became queen at eighteen years old to her death at age thirty-nine. I think this is a great alternative to a regular biography, especially for children. I found it easier to continue reading about Cleopatra because of the colorful illustrations. The illustrations by Peter Vennema were an excellent addition to this already intriguing history. While most biography books are straight forward and all information, this picture book made the history of Cleopatra into a story that is captivating for students. I would definitely use this book, along with other biographical picture books in my future classroom because I feel like they are great learning tools. This book provides both information and entertainment. I also thought it was important that the preface included the restrictions about this story. It mentioned that the story of Cleopatra was told by her enemies, because that was the only account of her life that they had. This is important for students to know when learning about a significant individual because different sides of the story presents different perceptions.

  • John
    2019-01-01 10:55

    Cleopatra is a historical non-fiction story. The story has great illustrations that illuminate the story cluing the reader into emotions and giving them a taste of what times were like when Cleopatra lived. The book has a great map of the Roman and Egypt empires with notes from things that were in the story. There is also an author's note about primary and early sources in the beginning of the book. I was surprised to learn the Cleopatra was not even Egyptain at all, she was actually from Greece. She inherited the thrown of Egypt because she was part of the Alaxander the Great bloodline. She was the only Royal appointed over Egypt who bothered to learn the language and culture and that is part of why she is still so fondly remembered. I feel like I learned a lot from this story and it has many uses in the classroom. It's perfect while studying Egypt or Rome and is simple enough for elementary children to read on their owns with little assistance, but with enough content to be used in even a high school classroom. A great activity would be to have eight graders read the book to younger students like second graders as an activity/

  • Virginia
    2019-01-19 06:33

    Diane Stanley has written a biography of Cleopatra that includes a great deal of detail about this powerful and enigmatic woman. Stanley makes it clear to her readers from the start that, if there were resources written about Cleopatra while she was living, they have been lost. The things we know about Cleopatra come primarily from mentions of her in manuscripts about Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. It isn't until the writings of Plutarch, a Greek historian who lived a hundred years after Cleopatra was already dead, that we find descriptions of the events of her life. Stanley's Cleopatra is written in a way that makes it accessible to younger readers interested in her life. Though it is still a fairly difficult text (1000L), Stanley's beautiful illustrations help depict the story in those words, adding a wonderful aesthetic quality to the book, but also great assistance to the reader. This is a fascinating book about a fascinating woman!

  • Viri
    2019-01-09 05:38

    I would like to share this book by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema, where we get to learn about the life of the famous and beautiful queen Cleopatra and how she became queen. This book gives a completely new look of the queen that is not a simple and boring tale of a normal queen on Egypt. This is a great biography book where we are placed in her time and are taken to the beautiful ancient Egypt looked, as well as their art work. Throughout this book we can see that Diane, the illustrator really took the time to place and draw every single little square that is a prominent skim for the architectural works and the writings on the walls in the pages, and the coloring was a great cool color that we might expect to find the illustrations of that time to be like.I thought this books could be used for a report on Cleopatra as well as an example of ancient Egypt's architectural works and simple jet beautiful segments of colors.

  • Claire
    2019-01-16 02:26

    This is the first book today my eye was drawn to. There's a lot more to this lady than what popular culture depicts. This book is much more accessible to the general public than Plutarch, Suetonius, Pliny or any of the other history tomes in Latin. (I'd have said "or Greek" but all the Greek I have concerns more Plato and Xenophon.)I do not recall thinking there had been any misinformation in this cute little book, just none of the real reasons I ended up studying the Classics so long in such depth. (Of course I've only skimmed the iceberg - there is much more to it than I can readily explain!)I probably should have been thinking more politically, "How did this person keep such a vast empire under control?" and less in wonder over this nonalingual entity, but I've been a little tired, lately.

  • Abbey Pace
    2019-01-23 03:34

    Be sure to read the "Preface" and the "Note on Ancient Sources" in the beginning of the book because I learned many new facts about Cleopatra that had never learned before. I thought that it was very interesting to know that everything we know about Cleopatra was written by her enemies, so she is portrayed as a conniving, immoral woman. Cleopatra was actually quite the opposite; finding her strength in her intelligence, courage, and charm to rule Egypt at such a young age. The big illustrations captured the brilliance of the life that Cleopatra lived. I would love to read this to my future classroom as a fun way to introduce Cleopatra and this time period, rather than reading it out of an ordinary history book.

  • Cris
    2019-01-15 07:27

    This book tells the story of Cleopatra's quest for power, through her various liaisons and connections, first within the Egyptian royalty and then as part of the Roman Empire. It's not illustrated in mosaic on the inside (correction: It is illustrated in Mosaic, its just very hard to see) and it is not a quick read. It is very clear and succinct history. However, it is probably better for kids who already know something about the birds and bees and less than perfect relationships. I like how the affairs were explained, "they lived like husband and wife", but I still will probably find something less specific until my kids are old enough.

  • Kelly Powell
    2019-01-16 09:34

    Prior to this book I didn’t know much about Cleopatra and I learned why it is important to read the entire book because of the information found in the preface of this book. I learned first that my only knowledge of Cleopatra was a common misconception and that as a teacher I need to encourage my students to read the book in its entirety so that you can know all of the information the author has laid out for you. I found this book very interesting and would love to further my research on this topic.

  • Tori Davenport
    2019-01-02 03:47

    This is a great overview Queen Cleopatra's life. Details of her first coming to the throne, all the way to her death, this is a great book that will help students understand all that happened in her life. This book would be a great story to read to your students when you were talking about Egypt and the pharaohs. If you touch on William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar then you could also read this story to your students. As it will help them better understand who Cleopatra was and her role in Julius Caesar's life.

  • Tnb
    2018-12-29 08:41

    For its pictures this book is lovely. However, as information provider, this book is quite empty. Other books by the author are much more thourough and insightful. I understand that the information available is scarce, but I maintain that the structure and presentation should have been more complete and logically organized. There were details that should have been elaborated on because they are not the customs today, and are a natural assumption, especially by a young reader. I am sad to find this book a disappointment.

  • Katie Nanney
    2018-12-23 04:40

    I didn't know a lot about Cleopatra before I read this book, and now I have a better idea of what she was like. I think Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema did a nice job of telling the story of Cleopatra without going into too much gory detail to scare the kids. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone under 4th grade, because they allude to things younger kids would not understand, but I can see it being used for a history class in the older grades. I liked that the story flowed well and the pictures gave the whole book an ancient Egyptian feel.

  • Nichole Sedler
    2019-01-01 05:33

    Written by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema, Illustrated by Diane Stanley, HarperTrophy, 1997.Summary: This is a lively retelling of the classic story of Cleopatra. Unlike the many popular references to Cleopatra, that portray her as a stunning beauty, this book portrays her as an intelligent political leader. Response: This book would be a great way to introduce younger readers to biographies. The illustrations and detailed factual information make it both entertaining and educational. Possible Themes or Units: World History and/or biographical study.

  • Heather
    2018-12-29 05:26

    This is a solid introduction to Cleopatra for the elementary set. The pictures were colorful and richly detailed. The text flowed easily and was very informative without being boring. It held everyone's attention.It did, however, deal with some unsavory topics such as adultery and suicide. We had many discussions about that.I felt that the value of this book made it worth reading, but make sure you take the time to discuss your views on certain topics.

  • Kathryn Oyler
    2018-12-24 04:54

    This book describes the life of Queen Cleopatra and how she became queen. It places the reader in her time and gives off the image of how Ancient Egypt looked, as well as giving examples of the artwork on the pages. The illustrations are fabulous. The reader can easily pick out the minor details the illustrator made in each of the pictures. The book can be used in a 4th grade classroom where students can use it as a tool for a report on Egypt or Cleopatra herself.

  • The Reading Countess
    2019-01-01 07:52

    I was searching and searching for a biography that dealt with someone who did "questionable" things in their lives...this was the best I could find. I have read REAL LIVES OF FAMOUS WOMEN before and had better success with Cleopatra than this book. I found it heavy with information that might be confusing to the average middle grade reader. When asked, my kids rated the book either high or low, there was no in between.

  • Erin
    2019-01-19 05:49

    My sister is reading a Dear America book about Cleopatra, which got her interested in the woman and Ancient Egypt in general. She now has a stack of library books to read up, and I happened to pick up the first on the stack, which was this one. This was a good informational book for children about the woman. It did well at helping children get an idea of some of the politics behind what was happening in Cleopatra's life. I really like the illustrations that accompanied it too.

  • Amanda
    2018-12-27 07:39

    The text in this story is a bit hard to read, as it is printed on a mosaic-tiled background. Cleopatra naturally tells the history of Cleopatra VII—her rise and fall in Egypt, as well as her love affairs with Caesar and Antony. The text is accompanied with gorgeous, life-like illustrations. This would be appropriate for an older reader, either an advanced elementary reader or a middle-school reader.

  • Samantha
    2019-01-09 09:37

    For a children's book, it is extremely informative. I would use this book in two story sessions and perhaps end with a project that the children can associate with the great lady. I only say this because it seems a little long winded and in-depth for an 3rd, or 4th grader, but this is just theory. Beautiful illustrations!

  • Alison
    2019-01-10 07:26

    Cleopatra was not the person I thought she was. I found it very interesting that she was actually a Macedonian Greek. This is a wonderful book to read to a classroom to teach some aspects of historical figures from our past. It would also be good for the students to learn what a biography is and how it is formatted.

  • Charlotte Osborn-bensaada
    2018-12-29 03:52

    Diane Stanley simplifies significant historical events surrounding Cleopatra's life into this very readable account of Cleopatra, Julies Caesar, Antony and ultimately Augustus Caesar. One of the things she does especially well is to articulate sources what one should understand in terms of bias within historical accounts.

  • Megan Dorcas
    2019-01-21 07:52

    By reading this book I have learned more than I ever thought I would about Cleopatra. The book discusses her background, her family, and her love life. This book makes history a little bit more enjoyable for kids. If they genuinely struggle getting through some regular history reading, than this book would be the perfect match! Its an easy read and very informative and educational.