Anatoleby Eve Titus
Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftovers, he is shocked! He must provide for his beloved family--but he is determined to find a way to earn his supper. And so he heads for the tasting room at the Duvall Cheese Factory. On each cheese, he leaves a small note--"good," "not so good," "needs orange peel"--and signs his name. When workers at the Duvall factory find his notes in the morning, they are perplexed--but they realize that this mysterious Anatole has an exceptional palate and take his advice. Soon Duvall is making the best cheese in all of Paris! They would like to give Anatole a reward--if only they could find him...
Meet the Author
Eve Titus was the author of numerous bestselling and beloved children's books, including the Anatole books and many chapter books about a mouse detective--Basil of Baker Street. Ms. Titus pased away in 2002.
Paul Galdone illustrated nearly three hundred books during his long career, many of which he also retold. His renditions of nursery tales such as The Little Red Hen, and Three Little Kittens have become classics. He illustrated nearly all of Ms. Titus' books, winning a Caldecott Honor award for both Anatole and Anatole and the Cat. Mr. Galdone passed away in 1986.
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Anatole is a mouse who goes into the human world at night to find food for his family. One night he overhears what humans think about mice and decides he will help instead of being a freeloader. He goes to the cheese factory and rates their cheeses, leaving notes on how to improve them. The cheese factory increases its sales. Anatole remains anonymous. I enjoyed this story. It is fun. I like Anatole's solution and his comments on the cheese. I think the Disney movie, Ratatouille, is somewhat based on this book. The kids will enjoy it
Anatole is the story of a courageous little mouse with a special talent. His adventure leads to success through creative problem solving to help those he loves. It's a great message, and a fun story with beautiful illustrations done in 'old school' style with an unusual choice of three colors: bright pink, turquoise blue, and black. The story takes place in 1950s France and will interest anyone interested in France, daring mice, good cheese (seriously!), adventure, and doing things your own way. This book could lead to a lot of activities as Anatole uses his nose to rate various cheeses (precursor to Ratatouille) and leaves fabulous written tasting notes that had my 6 year old laughing out loud and wanting to do the same. This is a read-to book for the younger set as there are a lot of words, and the story is interesting and detailed enough to read multiple times. Charming and fun.
my 3 1/2 year old son loves it and i love the story (very ethical) myself though at first i had a hard time reading those french names and simple phrases.
I read this book to my daughter's 3rd Grade class. They were very amused by the story and the French names. Highly recommend!