Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse (Step Into Reading, Step 3)

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Illus. in full color. "Eye-catching, boldly colored collages illustrate this classic 'grass is always greener' story in which a live mouse is envious of his mechanical counterpart."—Booklist.

Alexander, a real mouse, wants to be a toy mouse like his friend Willy until he discovers Willy is to be thrown away.

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Overview

Illus. in full color. "Eye-catching, boldly colored collages illustrate this classic 'grass is always greener' story in which a live mouse is envious of his mechanical counterpart."—Booklist.

Alexander, a real mouse, wants to be a toy mouse like his friend Willy until he discovers Willy is to be thrown away.

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Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
One day when Alexander explores the house, he meets a wind-up mouse named Willy. The two mice become fast friends and share exciting stories with one another. Alexander soon becomes envious of Willy's lifestyle and decides to ask the magical lizard to change him into a wind-up mouse, too. After his visit to the enchanted garden, Alex returns home only to discover that Willy's future is threatened. When Alex finds the magic pebble, he returns to the garden and asks the lizard to grant a new and better wish. In the end, both mice are foot-loose and fancy-free!
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"A delicate fantasy about friendship, illustrated with bold, sumptuous collages." —The New York Times

"Eye-catching, boldly colored collages illustrate this classic 'grass is always greener' story in which a live mouse is envious of his mechanical counterpart." —Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385755511
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/8/2014
  • Series: Step into Reading Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 104,675
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

LEO LIONNI wrote and illustrated more than 40 picture books, including four Caldecott Honor books: Inch by Inch, Swimmy, Frederick, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. He died in 1999 at the age of 89.

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  • Posted September 14, 2013

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    This has been one of my favorites during my entire career as a c

    This has been one of my favorites during my entire career as a children's librarian. Every time I read it in storytime there was a hush 
    in the room. the illustrations are warm and wonderful and the language perfect. a must for all kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse

    Leo Lionni wrote the 1970 Caldecott Honor book, 'Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse.' Lionni wrote and illustrated a cute book. The two mice somewhat similar, but different at the same time. Alexander wanted to be like the wind-up mouse, but then realized he had the better life and wanted the other mice to have a life like his. This book would be great for kids to realize to be happy with what they have because the life they think they want doesn't always mean its going to be a better one. I love the color Lionni used in this book. Kids will definitely enjoy the story as well as the colorful pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2007

    Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse

    Leo Lionni wrote te 1970 Caldecott Honor book, 'Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse.' Lionni wrote and illustrated cute book. The two mice somewhat similar, but different at the same time. Alexander wanted to be like the wind-up mouse, but then realized he had the better life and wanted the wind-up mouse to have a life like his. This book would be great for kids to realize to be happy with what they have because they life they think they want doesn't always mean its going to be a better one. I love the color Lionni uses in this book. Kids will definitely enjoy the story as well as the colorful pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    Free Willy the Wind Up Mouse!

    I grew up with this story and it remains a favorite even in adulthod. I try to give it as a gift whenever a freind has a baby. I could probably recite this book, but my favorites are 'Lizzard, lizzard, in the bush.' And, 'By the light of the full moon, bring me a purple pebble.' The book is wonderful. Buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    Both mother and son love this book

    I grew up with this book in my family and now i read the same book to my son. I feel sush joy because he wants to read it every night and he really gets into the story as i read it. It's like im sharing a part of my childhood with him. It's a wonderful story of frienship and sacrifice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2002

    THIS ONE MELTS YOUR HEART

    THIS IS A STORY ABOUT A WINDUP MOUSE AND A REAL MOUSE THAT BECOME FRIENDS. THE REAL MOUSE IS ENVIOUS OF THE LOVE AND ATTENTION THE WINDUP MOUSE RECEIVES, AND WANTS TO CHANGE INTO A WINDUP MOUSE, UNTIL HE FINDS HIS FRIEND BEING DISCARDED WITH THE OTHER OLD AND FORGOTTEN TOYS. IN AN UNSELFISH GESTURE OF KINDNESS AND FRIENDSHIP, HE DECIDES TO USE HIS 1 MAGIC PEBBLE (WHICH HE COULD HAVE USED FOR HIMSELF)TO TURN HIS FRIEND INTO A REAL MOUSE LIKE HIM AND SAVE HIM. MY 3YR OLD ABSOLUTELY LOVES THIS STORY AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE READING IT TO HER. IT MELTS YOUR HEART.

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