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

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

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by Leo Lionni
     
 

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Leo Lionni’s Caldecott Honor–winning story about the magic of friendship is now available as a Step 3 Step into Reading book—perfect for children who are ready to read on their own.
 
Everyone loves Willy the wind-up mouse, while Alexander the real mouse is chased away with brooms and mousetraps. Wouldn’t it be

Overview

Leo Lionni’s Caldecott Honor–winning story about the magic of friendship is now available as a Step 3 Step into Reading book—perfect for children who are ready to read on their own.
 
Everyone loves Willy the wind-up mouse, while Alexander the real mouse is chased away with brooms and mousetraps. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be loved and cuddled? thinks Alexander, who wishes he could be a wind-up mouse, too. Lionni’s enduringly popular story makes a winning addition to the Step into Reading line, letting young children enjoy this classic all by themselves.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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

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!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385756303
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/08/2014
Series:
Step into Reading Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
GreyhoundMom More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.