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I Am the Mummy Heb-Nefert

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Clad in flowing linen robes, adorned with jewels, pampered by servants, Heb-Nefert led a life of leisure and joy with her royal husband on the banks of the Nile. Now she lies, a mummy encased in glass in a museum, and recalls the days of long ago.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Turtleback Books (first published 1997)
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Although this book lacks some historical information--when Heb-Nefert lived, what kind of person she was, why she apparently died so young--the rich illustrations and poetic text are vivid reminders that ancient history has stories to tell us. Told by the mummy, Heb-Nefert, the text begins with the mummy as we see it and then moves backward through time to tell the story of the woman's life. It focuses primarily on how she was dressed and what she would have looked like, rather than on her polit ...more
I enjoyed the book but not as sure about my 6yo son. It didn't seem to capture him. Maybe when he's older.
My favorite of Eve Bunting's books, not quite a picture book, almost poetry, it's a very evocative tale of an Egyptian woman told from the after-life. Narrated in the first person, it has an eerie tone to it making a wonderful read-aloud for older elementary or adolescents. Like a poem, there is much to be understood between the lines. A pleasure to read aloud.
Nov 15, 2007 Suzanne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
Shelves: children-s
Gave me chills! Ever seen a mummy in the museum and thought "Gross!"? This book is from the perspective of the mummy and reminds us that what we are seeing is someone who once lived as we do, and that we too will "go the way of the earth". Good to read before the next mummy museum trip.
"I once was beautiful".
Tria Keys
I love this book too. This is one of my first books that i have ever read and acually liked. now that i finally found the name of this book, i can continue to read it since i am an adult now. I can pass it on to my little brothe who is 6...hope he will like it :)
This is a picture and it follows Heb-Mefert, who we follow through her life until she becomes a mummy and is put on display in a museum.

Really wonderful and beautifully written. It's a great picture book
This picture book paints word pictures to go with the illustrations about what life was like for an Egyptian princess turned mummy. It really draws you into the world of the Egyptians in a beautiful way.
Poetic and life to the dead and serves as a reminder that a dusty, decayed mummy was once a real live person.
i love this book!!!! favorite pic book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! must read.....
Interesting prose. I don't know if the kids liked it or not.
This one was an interesting one! My sis read this one to me also!
Alison Weinreb
Beautiful lessons, and in poetry, and packed with info. about Egypt.
The illustrations in this book are a highlight!
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Also known as Evelyn Bolton and A.E. Bunting.

Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is an author with more than 250 books. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles. Eve Bunting has won several awards for her works.

Bunting went to school in Ireland and grew up with storytelling. In Ireland, “The
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