Pocket Bios: Cleopatra

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Book Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Patricia Crete
Illustrator: Bruno Wennagel, Mathieu Ferret
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9781250166210
Pages: 32

Born in Egypt, Cleopatra was the daughter of the pharaoh. She was very bright. She ruled as queen with her brother at her side when she was eighteen, until her brother decided to rule by himself. She fell in love with Julius Caesar and had a child with him. After Caesar was killed, she returned to Egypt and became the sole ruler after her brother’s death. She was the last queen of Egypt. Then, leader Mark Antony fell in love with Cleopatra and they had three children. Before their defeat against Octavian and his army, Mark Antony and Cleopatra took their own lives.

This book includes simple information about important events in Cleopatra’s life and cute, comic-like illustrations. The vocabulary and concepts are quite simple, so it is an appropriate resource for third through sixth graders to use to quickly learn about important historical figures. The text includes experiences that make these important, world-changing people human. The back of the book includes a map with labels and events, as well as a timeline, interesting random facts, and illustrations of relevant people from his life.