Hatshepsut

Screenshot 2018-03-14 19.09.07here another story from the book Goodnight stories for rebel girls. It is the story of Hatshepsut, a woman who became pharaoh in the Ancient Egypt.

Long before Cleopatra, a woman ruled Egypt for twenty-five years. Her name was Hatshepsut and she was the first woman to become pharaoh.

At the time, the idea of a woman being pharaoh was so strange that Hatshepsut had to act as she was a man in order to convince Egyptians that she was their legitimate leader. She proclaimed herself king and not queen; she wore men’s clothes and sometimes even put on a false beard!

Hatshepsut reigned longer and more successfully than any other pharaoh in all Egyptian history. But apparently that wasn’t enough. Twenty years after she died, someone tried to erase her from history. Statues of her were smashed, and her name was removed from the records.

Why? Because, a femal pharaoh freaked people out. What if her succes encouraged other women to seek power? Thankfully, it’s not so easy erase the memory of someone immortalized in stone.

Enough traces of her life and work remained for modern archeologists to piece together her story.

Hatshepsut’s mummy, wrappen in linen and perfumed with resins, had been removed from her original grave and hidden, but it was found in the Valley of the Kings a few years ago.

 


For the teacher:

Goodnight stories for rebel girls in Italian is Storie della buonanotte per bambine ribelli.

The beautiful illustration is by Eleni Kalorkoti: here the link to her site.

Chocolate Salami (Salame di Cioccolata)

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here is a very easy recipe that you can prepare by yourself when you invite your friends at home for tea time: the Chocolate Salami.

Ingredients

  • 300g Crunchy biscuits, without butter (do you know Oro Saiwa? something so)
  • 150g Butter
  • 200g Dark chocolate
  • 2 Eggs
  • 100g Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons icing sugar
  1. Cut the butter into pieces and let it warm to room temperature. Then add sugar and eggs, and mix.
  2. Break the chocolate bars into pieces and put them into a small bowl. Ask an adult to melt the chocolate using the “bagno Maria” method (put the bowl on boiling water in a small pot). When the chocolate is completely melted, set the bowl aside and let the chocolate cool.
  3. Break the biscuits using your hands; make them into crumbs.
  4. Add chocolate to the butter and mix.
  5. Then add this mixture to the crumbs and mix again.
  6. Take the dough and make the shape of a salami. Wrap it in a layer of plastic film or greaseproof paper.
  7. Put the chocolate salami in the fridge for 3 hours or more.
  8. Then remove the salami from the paper and dust it with icing sugar.
  9. Cut into slices and serve.

Enjoy it!