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Birthday Mice!
     

Birthday Mice!

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by Bethany Roberts
 

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A little buckaroo is turning two in this birthday book for the very young, the fifth story about the delightful holiday mice. Mischief and near disaster abound when the littlest mouse's sister and brothers throw him a cowboy-themed party. Through simple rhymes and charming illustrations, readers witness the party preparations, the arrival of the guests, the opening of

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A little buckaroo is turning two in this birthday book for the very young, the fifth story about the delightful holiday mice. Mischief and near disaster abound when the littlest mouse's sister and brothers throw him a cowboy-themed party. Through simple rhymes and charming illustrations, readers witness the party preparations, the arrival of the guests, the opening of presents, and the blowing out of the candles, as well as the ensuing fulfillment of the little mouse's fondest birthday wish: to be a cowboy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When a mouse turns two, friends and family throw a cowboy theme party in Birthday Mice!, the fifth title in the Holiday Mice series by Bethany Roberts, illus. by Doug Cushman. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-At his second birthday party, a cowboy-costumed mouse creates havoc while galloping around on his wooden horse. A gigantic balloon pops, his horse breaks, and his birthday cake is smashed. Friends save the day by substituting "cowboy vittles" (flapjacks) for the cake, and a kind squirrel offers to be the birthday mouse's "horse." This is a difficult book to read aloud; the rhyming text doesn't scan, and sometimes the rhymed word doesn't appear until pages later. Cushman's animals are personable, but twice he places the protagonist in four panels across a spread, which is bound to confuse preschoolers, who will see four separate mice. And children will wonder how, in one set of panels, a tiny pair of cowboy boots is made to fit on the mouse's enormous feet. Not a first purchase.-Eileen Sheridan, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Roberts and Cushman's (Christmas Mice, not reviewed, etc.) holiday mice return with a bauble for young listeners in celebration of little mouse's birthday. Little mouse is turning two and his party has a cowboy theme. The festivities are taking place in a forest clearing, spiced up with Cushman's party-colored artwork, complete with streamers and jumbo balloons and big cupcakes with candles. The action frequently gets out of hand-"Howdy, cowboy! / Whoa! Watch out! / Oh, no! / POP! POP! POP!"-but, all and all, things are very merry. Presents are unwrapped-"Cowboy boots that stomp, stomp, stomp! / The chipmunks bring a rope lasso. / Skunk gives spurs that jingle, jangle. / Perfect for a buckaroo!"-and some rousing square dancing ends with a chipmunk swung into the cake. But the friends make do, even to the point of assigning a squirrel to be the little mouse's horse. Occasional rhymes and a musical cadence to the text-with its oompah repetition of words-make this a lively performance piece, and the illustrations keep the visual stimulation on par with the words. (Picture book. 3-5)
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"Roberts and Cushman’s holiday mice return. Rhymes and a musical cadence to the text make this a lively performance piece." Kirkus Reviews
Children's Literature - Kristi Bernard
Young learners will get a kick out of this quick, fun read. A little mouse is turning two years old. He is dressed like a cowboy from the old West with a hat, scarf, and even a sheriff’s badge pinned to his vest. His family is busy blowing up balloons, hanging decorations, setting tables, and putting candles on a giant cupcake. But the rambunctious little cowboy is creating mayhem while bopping around on his wooden horse. He pops a balloon. Mom and Dad are not very happy. When guests arrive and the music begins, this little buckaroo dances about and creates a do-si-do mess. Will the birthday party continue? Author Bethany Roberts has created an easy to read and follow story for beginning readers. This level one book has simple words, rhymes, and rhythms showcased by colorful illustrations with recognizable objects in a familiar scenario. Parents, teachers, and care givers will love the variety in the “Green Light Readers” series as they watch young ones read and turn the pages of this story all by themselves. Reviewer: Kristi Bernard; Ages 3 to 5.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547563008
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/21/2002
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
29 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
Up to 3 Years

Meet the Author


Doug Cushman is a veteran mystery writer for children and the illustrator of more than 100 picture books. Among his many popular books are the seven HOLIDAY MICE books, written by Bethany Roberts. He lives in Northern California and Paris.

Bethany Roberts has written several popular books for children, including seven  Holiday Mice books, Monster Manners, Cat Parade, and Waiting-for-Christmas Stories. She lives in Hamden, Connecticut. Visit her website at www.bethanyroberts.com
 

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Birthday Mice! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
deadmau5 is here for your birthday! Really.