Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs (Paperback)
In 1802, Jean-Francois Champollion was eleven years old. That year, he vowed to be the first person to read Egypt’s ancient hieroglyphs. Champollion’s dream was to sail up the Nile in Egypt and uncover the secrets of the past, and he dedicated the next twenty years to the challenge.
James Rumford introduces the remarkable man who deciphered the ancient Egyptian script and fulfilled a lifelong dream in the process. Stunning watercolors bring Champollion’s adventure to life in a story that challenges the mind and touches the heart.
Master storyteller James Rumford combines his love for art and history in his picture books. Each of his books is vastly different in its content, design, and illustrations but one aspect remains constant throughout his work: his passion about his subjects. Rumford, a resident of Hawaii, has studied more than a dozen languages and worked in the Peace Corps, where he traveled to Africa, Asia, and Afghanistan. He draws from these experiences and the history of his subject when he is working on a book. His book Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing was a 2005 Sibert Honor winner.
"A tale of heroic perseverance and discovery. . . . As adept with his pen as he is with his watercolor brush, Rumford etches his lucid prose with lyrical descriptions." Publishers Weekly
"An engaging introduction to a timeless topic"
School Library Journal
"Expect this title to perform double duty among Egypt buffs who read for pleasure and social studies teachers on the prowl for fresh, classroom-friendly material." —The Bulletin (4/00) The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books —