Tumtum and Nutmeg


We had a lull in doing read-alouds over the summer, but we started another book recently that’s great for reading aloud. We’re currently reading Emily Bearn’s Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall, an illustrated collection of charming stories about a couple of married mice named Tumtum and Nutmeg, who live in a house they built inside a hidden broom cupboard in a British cottage. The stories have an old-fashioned feel to them and are exciting and fun to read. They remind me of Beatrix Potter’s tales as well as Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge stories. Unlike some other read-alouds I have read, this book holds the attention of my wiggly 4-year-old! She says that it’s a fun story but she was a little worried that the mice would die. (A mouse-hating human discovers Tumtum and Nutmeg’s hiding place and comes up with a plot to poison them, but the mice foil her plan with the help of other mice.)

You can read a chapter sampler here, and you can also download several printable coloring sheets and games related to the story.

To find more children’s reading recommendations, visit the monthly Kids’ Picks carnival at 5 Minutes for Books.

One response to “Tumtum and Nutmeg

  1. Oh, if it garners a comparison to Beatrix Potter, then it MUST be good. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

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