|half dug up ruin in Yahxa, Guatemala April 2011|
When I read the book " Mara, Daughter of the Nile" I really liked it. It was about a slave girl named Mara and she was living in the time of Queen Hatshepsut. Mara became a double spy for Hatshesput's kingdom and rebels who wanted Thutmose III (Hatshepsut's stepson) to be the rightful Pharaoh. In the book Hatshepsut is a tyrant or villain of the story. I actually thought of her as a tyrant, a villain. But that was before I read "His Majesty, Queen Hatshepsut". By the end of this book I began to see that Hatshepsut wasn't evil. She had the courage to stand up and proclaim herself Pharaoh of Egypt. In her last years of being Pharaoh, things became hard. Thutmose the III and the priests of Amon (Egypt's head God) were her enemies. She faced a lot of sorrow, for many sad things happened. Her daughter Nefrure, was bit by a snake and died; Senmut, her closest friend and love also died. She fought bravely against her stepson until finally she was poisoned by someone she trusted. I almost cried at the end of the book: Hatshesput was a great Pharaoh and, indeed, I saw her from a different view. I think I discovered what and who she really must have been.I get so excited when my children can create such relationships to history and other subjects. Her curiosity led her to want to know more. Along the way she has read some online articles about the Queen, she also picked up a few books that were meant for her sister like Hatshesput, His Majesty, Herself by Catherine Andronik and a couple of others that we borrowed from the library.
|ruin Yahxa, Guatemala April 2011 trip|
"He is furnished with the desire for Knowledge, i.e., Curiosity; with the power to apprehend Knowledge, that is, attention; with powers of mind to deal with Knowledge without aid from without––such as imagination, reflection, judgment; with innate interest in all Knowledge that he needs as a human being; with power to retain and communicate such Knowledge; and to assimilate all that is necessary to him.
Ms. Mason was one smart lady ; )
He requires that in most cases Knowledge be communicated to him in literary form; and reproduces such Knowledge touched by his own personality; thus his reproduction becomes original." Charlotte Mason, Towards a Philosophy of Education Vol. 6, pg 18-19