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The Mummer's Song

by (author) Bud Davidge

illustrated by Ian Wallace

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2009
General, General, Music
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2009
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 0


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On a cold, clear Newfoundland night shortly after Christmas, several outlandishly costumed mummers appear, and Granny's house suddenly erupts in a burst of joking and tomfoolery, raucous singing and exuberant dancing. Granny and her two young charges are instantly caught up in the merriment. When the evening's festivities come to a close, the mummers bid a fond farewell until next year.

Popular singer Bud Davidge wrote "The Mummer's Song" as a tribute to a centuries-old custom in danger of disappearing. Since its publication in 1973, it has fostered a revival of mummering, as noted author and Newfoundland son Kevin Major points out in his afterword.

About the authors

Bud Davidge is a popular singer-songwriter from Newfoundland who has recorded many albums for children and young adults. He lives in English Harbour West, Newfoundland.

Bud Davidge's profile page

Ian Wallace has had a distinguished career as an author and illustrator of picture books, publishing many classics such as Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance, Boy of the Deeps and The Huron Carol. His visual interpretation of Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot received three starred reviews and was named a USBBY Outstanding International Book and a Resource Links’ Year’s Best. He has won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. He has also been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Ian lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, Deb.

Ian Wallace's profile page


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Editorial Reviews

Wallace's grainy, colored pencil drawings create a crazy canvas of Noel and nonsense...


Provides an interesting look at a little-known tradition.

Horn Book

Wallace's rich illustrations exist to tell a story, full of individual characters, embellished with rich details, in a distinctive style developed for a particular book.

Globe and Mail

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