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Howard and the Mummy: Howard Carter and the Search for King Tut’s Tomb — 19 Comments

  1. I had never heard of this name, Howard Carter, until I picked up this book. WOW! Where has this information been, so glad that I was able to put my hands on this book. The fact that so much information made it into a book is phenomenal. 5 of 5 stars.

  2. I thought this book was interesting for people who are interested in the subject matter. While I enjoy reading about Ancient Egypt and archaeology, it is not something I am particularly fascinated with. The story was interesting, and I thought the illustrations were very engaging. While I don’t think I would use it in a public library read-aloud situation, I think it would be a great recommendation for kids asking for books on the subject, or for a related display.

  3. I liked this book, but didn’t love it. It would be a good addition to our biography section. We already have many books on mummies, but not a biography on Howard Carter. I could use it as an example of biographies to the 2nd grade genre unit. I could also recommend it to our 4th grade classes for their biography required read. I will recommend to readers interested in this topic. But it will not be one I read in class.
    Good illustrations.

  4. This was a very interesting story. The language and vocabulary were captivating – they really gave the reader a vivid idea of Howard’s personality. I think history comes alive through biographies and understanding the people that lived and worked during the time. Kids really identify and learn through others personal experiences. I thought the pictures were, at times, jumbled and confusing which tended to be distracting. 3/5 stars

  5. I enjoyed learning about Howard Carter through this book. I think there are students who would find the search of mummies very interesting. My curriculum connection would be learning about biographies, either just what a biography is or leading to a research project. The illustrations, especially the one with the eye peeking through the hole, add excitement to the story. Howard Carter is a great example of the hard work and perseverance it takes to achieve your goals. It would also lead to an interesting discussion of the items found in the tomb and what students think might be put in a modern tomb, if that was practiced here today. 5/5 stars

  6. I think I would start any lesson with this book with a discussion about this idea: “throughout time, historians and treasure hunters have spent a long time looking at the what humans before them left behind. Some of those people had good intentions and wanted to learn and share about the ancient culture, and some of the people had greedy intentions and wanted to make money from what they found.” We could talk about who they think those artifacts belong to, and what should be done with them.
    I don’t know all that much about Howard Carter, but as an Egyptologist and Archeologist he helped all fellow humans better understand Ancient Egypt through his meticulous care as he cataloged the tomb. I think there is also a lesson on perseverance that students could glean from reading this book.
    I wish that they had included a few primary sources beyond the quotes from Carter…a photo of him, a photo from the tomb, and actual sketch by Carter….those are just a few things I wished I could see after reading the book.

  7. Although I found the story interesting, I didn’t love this book. I can see the value as a recommendation to a student with a strong interest in mummies and Ancient Egypt.
    Rate 3/5 stars

  8. Who could resist learning more about mummies? I like learning about Howard Carter and loved the word “tommyrot”. However, there was so much information packed into this book, that I feel it is much more appropriate for the 4-5th grade book list. This would be way over a 2nd graders’ head and really doesn’t tie into any curriculum for this grade level. I would not add this book to my collection.

  9. I really liked this story about archaeology and Howard Carter’s search for King Tut’s tomb. When our 2nd graders visit the Science Museum they always come back talking about the mummy. However, this story should be on the 4-5 grade list. It includes information on Carter’s World War 1 activities and is much too involved with specific information for 2-3 graders. Before reading the story I would use the “Author’s Note” in the back of the book to introduce Howard Carter to students and to talk about dreams they might have for the future.

  10. I don’t think this book should be a picture book. I think it needed to be a chapter book, or at least in the style of a picture book. The amount of information given is more than what a student looking for a picture book would want and students looking for this information would not be looking for a picture book. I found the information interesting, but I don’t think second graders would. Since this is a non-fiction book that has information that was well documented, I feel there should be more photos included. Nowhere in the book do we see an actual photo of Howard or any of his finds. I feel photos in non-fiction books lend authenticity to the story.

  11. By the end, I liked this book but I didn’t love it. It took me a really long time to get into this book and enjoy it. I felt like the first 2/3 or so of the book were quite dry and I struggled to see how children would remain engaged. I was especially put-off by some of the language towards the beginning like the quotations that made the text read more like an essay or the “funk” that was never quite explained at a kid’s level. Once Howard joins up with Porchy, I feel the storytelling got a lot more interesting. It was not longer fact after fact or date after date, but instead there were occasional questions to be asked, exclamations to show excitement, or conversations between “characters”.

    I don’t think I would recommend this book to children in grades 2 or 3, and even then I would probably only recommend this book to fans to Egyptian history. Maybe if this book was less “wordy”, what with all the names of the organizations, my opinion would be changed. With the book as it is however, I think it is better suited to older reader who are more knowledgeable about history and geography.

    Overall rating: 2/5 stars

  12. I did not enjoy this book. It was a book about wealthy white folks looking for antiquities in a foreign country, which is not relevant to my students at all. Especially concerning was an illustration in the middle of the book that portrayed several black laborers and Howard leaning over a black child digging in the dirt. I would rather read a story about the history of Egypt or more interesting would be a story about the workers in the book. What were their names? What was their life like? I would not buy this book for my classroom or recommend this book for the media center. I am always on the lookout for good multicultural literature that represents my students. This was not it! 1/5

  13. I personally didn’t enjoy this book although I definitely think the subject matter is intriguing. For me it was too wordy and not written in a particularly fun or interesting way.
    I wouldn’t use this book for any library programming that I do but it definitely belongs on the shelf so I can recommend it to those kids who are especially interesting in Egypt, mummies, history, archaeology.
    Were still I in the classroom, I don’t think I’d use this one as a read aloud for the reasons I mentioned above. I’d definitely make sure to recommend for pleasure reading though.
    3/5 stars

  14. This was a very interesting book to read. I would not recommend it in the lower elementary grades unless they were a high reader. If I were to use this book as a read aloud it would have to be edited down to make it shorter. I give it a 3/5.

  15. I never knew this much about the finding of King Tut’s tomb. I found this book fascinating. Howard’s dedication to his life’s work is amazingly detailed. This would not be usable at the elementary level but I would recommend it for the middle school library. I would give this book a 9 out of 10.

  16. I never knew the real story of the finding of King Tut’s tomb. This book was so informative and definitely well detailed. Howard’s life’s work is truly dedication at it’s utmost. Wouldn’t be useful at the elementary but I would suggest having it in the Middle School library for research purposes. 9/10

  17. This book is not “tommyrot!” It is a well-written biography of a unique man who took a passion for mummies and converted it into a lifelong vision as an archaeologist, making his contribution to the world. It would make for a great book talk beginning with the “mummy’s curse.” There are some captivating illustrations of his eyeball peering into the tomb and then him sleeping in a tomb. It would’ve been a fabulous book to help students prepare for a field trip to any of the Minnesota Institute of Art’s Egyptian exhibits. I would connect it other mummy books out there with real photos of “Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs,” plus, “You wouldn’t want to be an Egyptian Mummy,” and the fun “Where’s my Mummy?” All together it would make a strong unit. 4/5 Stars.

  18. I liked this book but at the third grade level this book would only apply to my higher level readers that would need to be doing Genres on Biographies. I felt the book gave a lot of information on Egypt and I could use it as an intro to Egyptian Civilization in my World History.

    rating 3/5 for third graders, 5/5 as an overall book

  19. I loved this book!! I was very interesting to read about Howard Carter. I really enjoy things about Egypt, tombs and all the artifacts. I really think many students would really enjoy this book. I would use it as a read aloud and open it to a class discussion. There are a good handful of words and phrases that would need to be reviewed.
    I would use this book to have write in their journals about what types of things they think were found in the tomb. It may be fun also to have students write about what they would have in their tomb during that time period.
    I would also leave this out for free reading so students could take more time exploring this book and the wonderful illustrations.
    I rate this book 5/5 stars