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Come along for a mummy discovery tour spanning both centuries and continents. On the way, readers can learn what mummies are, how they are created, and where they have been found. Readers will also discover how scientists investigate mummies, where to visit mummies, and why they are an endangered species.
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Overview

Come along for a mummy discovery tour spanning both centuries and continents. On the way, readers can learn what mummies are, how they are created, and where they have been found. Readers will also discover how scientists investigate mummies, where to visit mummies, and why they are an endangered species.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cartoon drawings accompany this informative, lighthearted account of mummy history and how-tos. Ages 9-12. (July)
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
The author takes readers on a mummy discover tour that spans both centuries and continents. Youngsters learn what mummies are, how they are created, where they have been found, how scientists investigate them, where to visit them, and why they are an endangered species and should be treated with respect. Aspiring mummy masters will treasure this well-illustrated introduction to this intriguing topic.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Deem examines mummies from all around the world and from all different time periods to create a thorough, not-for-the-squeamish portrait of what it takes to become mummified. Many methods of preservation are explained, including those that were accidental, such as bodies that were preserved by ice, bogs, or desert sands. The author provides plenty of intriguing anecdotes and tips off readers on where to track down museums that display mummies and where to read more about them. Like Nathaniel Harris's Mummies (Watts, 1995), this title relies on drawings rather than photographs for illustrations. Visually, both Deem's and Harris's volumes pale in comparison to Jim Putnam's Mummy (Knopf, 1993). While Kelley's black-and-white drawings are informative, they are cartoonlike and sketchy. Though there's a bundle of information in Deem's book, its lack of commanding illustrations-a crucial element for this subject matter-may make Putnam's title more popular.-Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440413165
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/9/1997
  • Pages: 184
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.59 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

True Kelley has illustrated many books for children, including Stay! Keeper's Story by Lois Lowry. She lives with children's author Steven Lindblom and their daughter, Jada, in Warner, New Hampshire.

James M. Deem introduces readers to one of the world's original disaster stories and the startling discoveries that have been made as the people and the city of Pompeii have been slowly, painstakingly, brought back to life. Mr. Deem is the author of numerous books for young readers. He lives outside Phoenix, Arizona.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2000

    How to make a mummy talk

    It's a pretty good book. It tells about how different civilizations from around the world made mummies and why. There are mummies made on purpose and mummies made accidentally. Great book.

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