SCARUM FAIR (Poetry), with Nonfiction MUMMIES and POMPEII! Chills and Thrills!

SCARUM FAIR (Poetry), with Nonfiction MUMMIES and POMPEII! Chills and Thrills!
SCARUM FAIR (Poetry), with Nonfiction MUMMIES and POMPEII! Chills and Thrills!
SCARUM FAIR (Poetry), with Nonfiction MUMMIES and POMPEII! Chills and Thrills!
SCARUM FAIR (Poetry), with Nonfiction MUMMIES and POMPEII! Chills and Thrills!
SCARUM FAIR (Poetry), with Nonfiction MUMMIES and POMPEII! Chills and Thrills!
SCARUM FAIR (Poetry), with Nonfiction MUMMIES and POMPEII! Chills and Thrills!
SCARUM FAIR (Poetry), with Nonfiction MUMMIES and POMPEII! Chills and Thrills!
SCARUM FAIR (Poetry), with Nonfiction MUMMIES and POMPEII! Chills and Thrills!
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3 Kids Wings Literature Guides JUST IN TIME FOR SOME SCARY intermediate-level fun! The fun includes three award-winning picture books:

SCARUM FAIR, hysterical, chilling fun in a wild narrative poem through a ghoulish carnival; available at
INSIDE AND OUTSIDE MUMMIES, nonfiction chills; available at
POMPEII, nonfiction history; available at

SCARUM FAIR by Jessica Swaim, A Carnival of Chills
Do you like carnivals? Do you laugh and squeal with excitement while you're there? What are your favorite rides? What kinds of carnival food do you love? Are there sideshows and carnival acts that make you giggle? Imagine the memories that you take with you from the carnival!

Now imagine that your beloved carnival has been transformed into a carnival of horror! The Welcome has turned to a warning ... come in and you'll never leave! The carnival workers are now monsters and goblins! Visitors may not survive the killer-rides! Ice cream has been transformed to I-Scream! You may be offered a drink of type-A blood-red punch! How about some cat-fur stew served in a cat-hair cup? After you've eaten, it makes you cough it back up into the stew to be served again! Guess who serves the Devil's Food Cake! You'll even get to attend the wedding of Count Dracula and a ghoul whose dress is made of tarantula silk and whose hose have a seam made of centipedes.

We here at Kids Wings believe that kids will love the spine-tingling poetry in Scarum Fair. Perfect for serious Halloween chills, it has rhyming narrative poems bound together in an original plot, laugh-out-loud scary situations, really clever punny word plays, hysterical (okay, sadistic) illustrations, rhymes, and a second-person voice! This is a read-under-the-covers scary book that might keep you awake to finish it or give you nightmares if you DO finish it.

This uniqely frightening and gross poetry is perfect for Halloween! It will work well for the creepy side of your intermediate-level poetry study, but we think it may be too hair-raising for 8-year-olds. For poetry-reading contests (like Texas's UIL Poetry), Scarum Fair will provide choice selections.

Did you know that mummies aren't just something we made up to scare people on Halloween? They really don't walk around cemeteries with their clothes hanging in shreds trying to find an innocent kid like you to jump out and scare.

No, mummies were once real live people like you, except some of the best mummies were pharaohs or ancient kings. Before they died, they had their slaves build enormous pyramids. Then, after they died, their bodies were mummified. Thousands of years later, researchers and scientists discovered the mummies and had a lot of questions about them. But the mummies couldn't talk to answer the questions! So the scientists thought they might find clues hidden in and around the mummies' bodies.

Would you like to know who these mummies really were? Would you like to know how scientists discovered clues without having to cut into the bodies? Would you like to see real mummies? If you would, you will love reading Outside and Inside Mummies by Sandra Markle.

Pompeii was a thriving, modern city in the early Roman Empire of 79 A.D. If you had been wealthy, you might even have chosen it for your vacation spot. You could lounge around in a fancy bath house with swimming pools, bowling alleys, and toilets with real running water! You could go to the theater! You could play marbles with kids in the streets! You could even play with your dog down their cobblestone streets.

But, you would not have wanted to be in Pompeii when Mt. Vesuvius roared to life. This once dormant volcano exploded in a violent rage and caught the people by surprise. How can we know what happened over 2000 years ago? What evidence has been found by archaeologists?

Pompeii: Lost and Found by Mary Pope Osborne will give you a look at what happened the day Pompeii felt the wrath of Mt. Vesuvius and what happened almost 2000 years later when scientists began putting the pieces of Pompeii back together.

The Kids Wings Activities for this exciting trio of Halloween books were written by master teacher Suzy Red. Activities for Scarum Fair include:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
Analyze and Evaluate the Poems
Vocabulary Study
A Poet's Eyes
Creepy Crosswords
Playing with Words, Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities, 3 pages
Poet's Corner Planning Page, Poetry Writing
Carnival Costume Prize Winners, a Logic Puzzle
Researching Count Dracula
Answer Pages
AND a BONUS 53-page Jeopardy-type game!

Activities for OUTSIDE AND INSIDE MUMMIES and POMPEII include:
Map activities
Nonfiction Prereading Activities
Readers Theater script
Multiple Choice Activities
Crossword puzzles
Cloze activities
Logic puzzle
Answers and more
A 53-page Jeopardy-type game is included for Pompeii
A Tag-game is also included for Pompeii


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