• Title: I Am the Mummy Heb-Nefert
  • Author: David Christiana, Eve Bunting
  • Released: 2000-09-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 32
  • ISBN: 0613299833
  • ISBN13: 978-0613299831
  • ASIN: 0613299833
From School Library Journal Grade 4-6. In this quiet, evocative voyage through time, an Egyptian mummy looks back on her life. In her own time, Heb-Nefert was the wife of the pharaoh's brother, with servants who dressed her and a loving husband with whom she explored the royal gardens and hunted birds on the Nile. She recalls visiting her humble childhood home where women baked bread outdoors and a snake was coiled in a basket to catch rats and mice. When she died, her body was anointed with oils and spices, and bandaged to begin the process of mummification. Her loyal cat was mummified, too, so it could follow her into the afterlife. Finally, she looks down on her shriveled body where it lies in a museum and observes the daily stream of visitors that pass by, rarely thinking that a similar fate awaits them. Bunting uses a poetic, lyrical voice to transport readers beyond the withered mummified remains they see and into Heb-Nefert's ancient world. The atmospheric watercolors pick up both the sunlight on Egyptian sands and the dark shadows of sealed tombs.?Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Gr. 3^-6. In a picture book for older readers that is both lyrical and melancholy, a female mummy remembers the days when she danced for the pharaoh's brother and became his wife. She recalls the work of her handmaidens, who shaved her head and painted her with yellow dye. Atop her flaxen wig "a cone of scented fat / melted to liquid in the summer warmth / and smelled of flowers. I was so beautiful. / But these things pass." The young woman, who "rose above [herself] and watched" after her death, describes how her body was prepared and tells about her funeral. Eventually she is put into a glass coffin in a museum, where foolish people stare, not understanding that "three thousand years from now they will be dust and bones." Christiana's watercolor pictures superbly capture the contrast between the breathtaking beauty of the young woman and her surroundings and the frighteningly wizened mummy. A good deal of information about ancient Egypt is conveyed through the story, and Bunting and Christiana also do justice to the profoundly mysterious subject of mummies and the enigma of what awaits us after death. Susan Dove Lempke --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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