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Grade 1-4–Matt and Bibi go to Egypt with their scientist parents in search of an ancient pharaoh's mummy. When the siblings are accidentally shut in the pyramid, they decide to explore. Using hieroglyphic clues, they discover that the path to the mummy is delineated by "faces," the flat surfaces of geometric solids. As they find either pictures of solid shapes or the objects themselves, the twins count the faces of the shapes and are guided through the pyramid by relating their answers to the hieroglyphic clues. They find the mummy and a map indicating the way out. Although this book attempts to provide an introduction to solid geometry, the information is not clearly presented. The colorful impressionist cartoons depict the various shapes discussed in the text, but they are not labeled. The plot itself is a stretch: before they leave for Egypt, Bibi says she hopes to learn about hieroglyphics, but as soon as she arrives there, she is expert enough to interpret complex messages. An endnote lists some good activities to help children learn about geometric solids, but the story will leave readers more confused than enlightened. Try Stuart J. Murphy's Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes (HarperCollins, 2001) and Tana Hoban's Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, & Spheres (Greenwillow, 2000) for better introductions to this topic.–Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ
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The illustrations, by Bryan Langdo, are bright and clever, and there's a straightforward lesson in geometry built into the promise of Egypt. . . . very young Egyptologists will enjoy the archaeological atmosphere. (The New York Times Book Review)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; 1 Reprint edition (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312561172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312561178
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Rebbecca Anderson on May 6, 2007
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I used this book for two separate lesson plans. I made a game board and added game cards based on the book. This quickly became an engaging way to count faces, vertices, and edges. I also used it in 7th grade social studies to add questions about history. BONUS: my 13 yr. old and 10 yr. old thought it was an engaging book!
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on April 17, 2005
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This is a picture book about the Zills family. The family is off on an adventure to hidden burial site of an ancient pharaoh. The twin brothers in the family get stuck inside a pyramid with their dog. They must use math to figure out a way to escape the pyramid. They must use skills to figure out the riddles written on the wall and locate the hidden burial chamber. Will they ever figure it out? Read Mummy Math to find out!

It's one of those special books which children will read without realizing they are learning a mathematical concept.

This is a recommended book for those teacher or parents that want to make math a little more exciting for children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen L McCoy on November 24, 2010
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Mummy Math is an excellent introduction to geometrical faces. Using children's literature to introduce math is a great way to help children become engaged in a lesson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy A. Kinseth on June 8, 2013
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This is a totally dorky book, but my students totally got into it. Not only that, they referred to it during the rest of my geometry unit! I used this book as an introduction to 3-D shapes, and followed the read aloud with a 3-D shape Mobile activity. I always put the book on display after I read it, and I noticed several kids going back to re-read the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Curnow on March 28, 2012
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I bought this for a 3rd grader and it is probably more suited for a 1st grader. I think I will donate to my daughters school for use in their 1st grade classes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue Smith on June 13, 2011
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Math is always fun when you have a story behind it. This book does not disappoint. I purchased this for my kids as an introduction to geometry and they love it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L.L.W. on September 20, 2009
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This book is a great introduction into geometry. Fun story plus my kids and I enjoyed searching for all of the shapes hidden within each illustration.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Beran on February 16, 2008
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Illustrations are done well, the story line is engaging for children. It keeps them involved in the mystery.
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