The Barking Mouse

The Barking Mouse

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by Antonio Sacre, Alfredo Aguirre
     
 

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Mamá, Papá, Sister, and Brother Ratón go for a picnic on a beautiful day. After a delicious lunch, Mamá and Papá smooch--eeewww!--and Brother and Sister must find something to do. And what could be more fun than teasing the cat behind the fence?

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Mamá, Papá, Sister, and Brother Ratón go for a picnic on a beautiful day. After a delicious lunch, Mamá and Papá smooch--eeewww!--and Brother and Sister must find something to do. And what could be more fun than teasing the cat behind the fence?

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"A welcome choice for kids who speak English, Spanish, or both."

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-This retelling of a Cuban folktale moves slowly as a mouse family on a picnic has an encounter with an orange tabby cat. Also, the title reveals the twist at the end, wherein Mam proves herself the more useful parent when she frightens the cat away. The story is preceded by a glossary of 14 Spanish words and phrases. Simple sentences and amusing characterizations may engage some children, but many will be put off by the mouse parents' obsession with "smooching." Aguirre's freshly hued acrylic pictures feature flat cartoon profiles and a variety of composition styles.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807505717
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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The Barking Mouse


By Antonio Sacre, Alfredo Aguirre

ALBERT WHITMAN & Company

Copyright © 2003 Antonio Sacre
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8075-0571-7


CHAPTER 1

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!

"Eeewwww!"

So Brother and Sister went and played some more.


(Continues...)

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The Barking Mouse 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great bi-lingual story, students love everything about this book, including the 'smooching' part! They loved all the characters and want it read again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 .
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.