by Doug Cushman
Reading Level 2.7
|Setting:||A ferry boat and the Hotel Bathwater|
|Characters:||Aunt Eater, Mr. Bundy (the hotel detective), Pat the Mynah Bird, Professor Slagbottom, Edna Herring (the mystery writer)|
|Plot:||Aunt Eater tries to create a mystery out of everything that happens.|
|Solution:||Aunt Eater uses many clues to solve the mysteries.|
|Summary:||In this four-chapter book, Aunt Eater takes a ferry, which hits rough waters and tosses the captain overboard. After rescuing the captain, she is on her way to the Hotel Bathwater for rest and relaxation. But a thief is lurking about, and she has mysteries to solve.|
|Curriculum Connections:||Mystery stories, writing unit|
Ask students: Has anyone here ever lost something? Of course—we all have. How many of you have lost something and then found it again? (Pick a few children to tell their tale.) These are examples of a mysteries.
How many have ever been on a ferry boat? (If none of your students have, then explain or show a picture of a ferry boat.)
Ask students to think about the title of the book. What kinds of events might happen on a mystery vacation?
Ask students to do the following exercise: Close your eyes. Pretend that you are on a boat. The water is very smooth, and the trip is pleasant. Then all of a sudden, the wind starts to blow, the waves get bigger and bigger, and the boat starts to rock. Show me what you would be doing.
Ask students how they would find more mysteries in a library. Explain that some libraries put stickers on the books to show a mystery. They can also put the keyword [mystery] in the computer to find more mysteries or they can ask a librarian.
The Aunt Eater books are a series. Question the children to see if they know what [series] means. Show them the other books in this series: Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery, Aunt Eater's Mystery Halloween, and Aunt Eater's Mystery Christmas