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A Spanish mouse family enjoys their picnic, until a cat threatens them, and mother mouse must save the day by demonstrating her ability to speak another language. Story is interspersed with various Spanish words.
Once upon a time there was a family of mice. There was Mamá Ratón, Papá Ratón, and Brother and Sister Ratón. They all went on a picnic on a beautiful day.
Mamá had a beautiful voice and sang as she walked.
Papá had big muscles (or so he thought). He carried a huge picnic basket.
Sister was older than Brother and was very brave.
Brother had big muscles like his dad (or so he thought) and was almost as brave as his sister.
"Boo!" said Sister. "Yikes!" said Brother.
As they searched for a place to eat, they passed a tall fence.
"Psst! Hermana! I hear a cat lives behind this fence!" said Brother.
"I'm not scared of any cat," said Sister.
"Me, neither," said Brother
Mamá sang a pretty song while Brother and Sister helped Papá unload the food.
Papá said, "Here are the medianoches, and the pollo frito, and the congrí, and the bread, and the lemonade. What are you all going to eat?"
"Papá, you are so bad!" said Mamá.
"I have to eat a lot to keep these muscles so huge!" said Pamá.
When they were done eating, Brother and Sister said, "Mamá, Papá! Vamos a jugar. We want to go play."
"Children, you go play by yourselves," said Mamá. "Me and Papá, we're going to stay here and smooch."
Papá said, "Yippee!" And they started smooching. Smmooocch!
Brother and Sister said, "Eeewwww!" So they went to play by themselves.
They played hide-and-go-seek. Sister was always It.
They played fútbol. Sister scored again!
The played "close your eyes and spin till you fall down."
They both won!
They had a great time.
They went to check on Mamá and Papá.
Mamá and Papá were still smooching. Smmooocch!
So Brother and Sister went and played some more.
Excerpted from The Barking Mouse by Antonio Sacre, Alfredo Aguirre. Copyright © 2003 Antonio Sacre. Excerpted by permission of ALBERT WHITMAN & Company.
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Posted October 13, 2005
Posted June 21, 2005
My son's first childrens book and he did a excellent job !!! I read it to children at a day care that I worked in and they all giggled over the parent's smooching and they liked the whole story .Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 4, 2003
This book is a big hit at my house. It's probably not the best for bedtime because it has my boys rolling with giggles, especially the smooching part. What can I say--they are 4 and 7! Good story intersperesed with Spanish words, and includes a glossary. A very funny way of driving home the need to know more than one language.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.