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Where's My Mummy?



Last updated Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Author: Carolyn Crimi
Illustrator: John Manders
Date of Publication: 2009
ISBN: 0763643378
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Oct. 2012

Synopsis: From School Library Journal
Little Baby Mummy does not want to go to bed. Demanding one more game of "Hide and Shriek," he runs outside to conceal himself in the graveyard, but Mama Mummy doesn't join him. Like the young bird in P. D. Eastman's Are You My Mother? (Random, 1960), he sets off to find her, heading into "the deep, dark woods, the spookery woods" and encountering several creepy creatures: "Clank clink clank/Woo boo woo/Clank clink cloo/'Mama Mummy, is that you?'/But out of the woods clanked—/Bones!" This skeleton, as well as a blob and a vampire—all making their nighttime preparations—greet the mummy and tell him to go to bed. The only time the youngster is truly frightened—by a mouse—his mother is there to comfort him, take him home, and tuck him into bed. The gouache paintings depict the action with humor, and the eerie details and nighttime hues create just the right mood. Well-placed page turns add a bit of suspense. A reassuring offering for youngsters who want just a touch of the shivers.

Note to readers:
•  There are many sound effects so it would be good to read through and become familiar with the text.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you know what a mummy is?
•  Do you ever not want to go to bed?
•  Have you ever played hide and seek?
•  What characters do you see during Halloween?

Vocabulary:
•  Grave – a place for the burial of a dead body
•  Tomb – where a corpse is buried
•  Cemetery/ graveyard – a burial ground
•  Tromped – to step hard
•  Creature – a human, animal, or an imaginary or fantastical being
•  Gargled – to rinse your throat or mouth with liquid while making a noisy sound
•  Slithery swamp – a gross slippery place
•  Plunked – to push, shove, toss

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What creatures do you see out on Halloween?
•  What do you do to get ready for bed?
•  What kinds of things scare you?
•  What creature was the scariest in the book?

Craft ideas:
•  make a trick-or-treat bag and decorate it
•  make a mask of one of the creatures using construction paper. Use the mask to decorate the bag
•  make a mini mummy (paper doll out of construction paper) and use it to decorate the bag

Special activities:
•  imitate some of the sound effects like gargling, snoring, etc.
•  bring toilet paper or streamers to wrap students up and make them look like mummies (arms, legs, or torso)

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!