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The Mummer's Song

Written by Bud Davidge

Illustrated by Ian Wallace

  • 32 Pages
  • 9780888999603
  • 9.100" x 9.500"
  • Reading age to 5
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Festivals / General
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / General


Publication Date October 01, 2009

New edition with CD!

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.

Selected for the Aesop Accolades 1994


Bud Davidge
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.

Ian Wallace
Ian Wallace has had a distinguished career as an author and illustrator of picture books, publishing such classics as Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance, Boy of the Deeps, The Huron Carol, Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot and Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. 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.


"Provides an interesting look at a little-known tradition." Horn Book

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

"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